2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive review What Car?

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2013 Smart Fortwo Drive review

The Smart Electric Drive (ED) is now in its generation. However, while versions of the car were leased in numbers to selected companies, new model is available to everyone.

of previous versions reported acceleration was too sluggish, the batteries too long to charge and the top speed was too which is why the latest ED has been in all of these areas.

The electric has been upgraded to a more 74bhp unit. The charging of the lithium-ion battery has been cut to hours (or just one hour a rapid charger), and the car’s top has been raised to 78mph.

The ED has an official range of 87 miles, using the heater, lights, or even driving the car in cold will shorten the real-world by some distance.

What’s the Smart Fortwo Electric like to drive?

The ED is quick off the and has no problem keeping up with in town and on short stretches of carriageway – although fast significantly reduces the range.

The motor can power the Smart 0-62mph in 11.5 seconds. The motor is also extremely with only a faint whine when the accelerator is

There are no gears, meaning the ED is to drive than other of the Fortwo, which rely on a semi-automatic gearbox.

The electric is most at home in urban Its small size allows it to fit parking spaces that drivers would shy away However, the low-speed ride is an

The Smart has never had the smoothest of but the ED is even more uncomfortable of its stiffer suspension. This is to cope with the extra of the batteries.

You feel every and this gets extremely on longer journeys on poorly roads.

The ED’s regenerative also take some used to; they’re quite making it tricky to reduce speed smoothly.

What’s the 2013 Smart Electric Drive like

The cabin is almost identical to of the conventionally powered Smart. It has dials, large buttons and for two six-footers. Wide-opening doors it easy to get into and out of, and the 220-litre is a similar size to a Fiat ‘s.

The charging cable in a compartment in the bootlid, so doesn’t up precious space.

Once you might find it tricky to get because neither the driver’s nor the steering wheel can be adjusted for

The Smart Fortwo ED has plenty of with air-conditioning, a touch-screen and Bluetooth all fitted as standard. include heated seats, trim and cruise control.

The smartphone app also allows you to the level of battery charge, set the and locate charging points.

I buy one?

There are two ways of a Smart Fortwo ED. You can either buy the car and the outright, or you can buy the car and lease the battery.

We the second option. You’ll pay for the hardtop version or £13,400 for the and a further £55 a month for the battery. way you won’t be liable for any problems the battery, and the leasing contract is switched to the new owner if you decide to on the car.

If you do want to buy both the car and the battery you’ll pay £15,395 (including the grant) for the coupe and £16,895 for the The battery pack has a three-year

Either way, the ED is a pricey to a petrol-powered city car such as a VW Up. and is near as comfortable or as practical.

the Smart will appeal to dwellers who are more concerned their eco-credentials than money. Those buyers benefit from lower costs, free parking in towns and exemption from tax and the London Congestion Charge.

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