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Smart City Coupe Coupe (2000 —

Introduction

Love it or hate it, the Smart has certainly revolutionised the way we small cars. Cheeky, and beautifully detailed, the Smart you in no uncertain terms to recall the time you used your seats. If you had to think about for a moment and live in the city, there isn’t a more or impudent way to get about. Manufactured the auspices of Mercedes-Benz and winner of design awards, the Smart is surprisingly good fun to drive. who writes it off as a stylistic gimmick consider that amongst its are Gordon Murray, designer of the F1, and one Stirling Moss; luminaries who know a good car when see one. As a used buy is this the smart money goes? the information you’ll need to to the right decision.

Models

Covered: (600 cc petrol pure, smart pulse, passion, smart city smart crossblade, smart fortwo Brabus])

History

To say the had a turbulent genesis would be the case severely. Although was not too much wrong with the the wrangles between Mercedes-Benz and the SMH Group), the firing of senior and the failure of the ‘Smartville’ factory in to hit the build deadline attracted of the worst sort for the project. the European Design Prize in in 1996 the Smart City project has been with us for time, although left-hand official imports started for the time as recently as October To give some idea as to the entry to the UK, by the time domestic started, the Smart was already in its 4 variant and the Mark 5 was introduced at the end of 2001. Three models available at launch, the entry smart pure, powered by a three-cylinder engine, the sportier pulse, powered by a 55bhp of the same engine with turbo boost, and the luxury the 55bhp smart passion. The 5 version saw a number of changes, the key one a boost to 61bhp for the smart underlining its sporty credentials. New and fabrics were announced with some minor to standard equipment, lighting and suspension. The Smart City open top car, based on the passion trim level was in March 2000, with orders starting in April Right hand drive were introduced to the UK in autumn but the CDi diesel version has yet to appear, been on sale in Europe December 1999. In summer the Smart crossblade debuted, a down version of the cabriolet a distinctly big price — — and designed for those big egos. Then, at the start of the City Coupe and City models were re-named as the Coupe and the Fortwo Cabrio. development was swiftly followed by the of the body-kitted Brabus models their 74bhp power An all new Smart fortwo arrived in the of 2007.

What You Get

Whichever way you buy your however, for the time being, it only come with hand drive. The factory at in Eastern France can’t right hand drive for the UK until 2002. Still, the so short and narrow anyway left hand drive matter. For the record, it’s long (two feet than a Mini) and 1.45m The three-cylinder engine is transversely under the boot at a 48-degree to drive the back wheels. Two bodystyles are available: a 3-door and a Cabriolet version (only in the UK in smart passion guise). way, in spite of its size, the manages to be astonishingly versatile. The seat folds flat or can be out completely, whilst MCC claims cabin room for front occupants is better than a VW Once inside, it’s to argue: you certainly feel you’re in a much bigger The body panels meanwhile, in a choice of different colours and are A complete set can, apparently, be in a very short time the price of a new suit’. Taking a at the price list, it’s likely to be a Boateng than a number’ Safety was a key development and here, the Smart claims to all its citycar rivals, offering standards comparable with a family saloon. The steel cell retains its shape in the of a collision and reduces the effect of to a minimum. Other safety include the sandwich platform front and rear crash and a crash management system. To a crash in the first place, ‘Trustplus’, an electronic stability which reduces power and gear intervention to correct the car if

it swerves. Twin front ABS, self-tensioning seatbelts, impact bolsters and a collapsible column are all standard, and the Smart highly in recent Euro-NCAP tests.

What You Pay

The fact that a). the was only available in left drive, b). that it’s on sale in Europe for quite time and c). that yes, our are significantly dearer than Europe should lead you to the conclusion that a big chunk of the on our roads at the moment are ‘grey’ models. You’d be right. If you an official model, your bet is to contact one of the four Smart at Chiswick, Piccadilly, Birmingham or Keynes. If, on the other hand, glad to go grey, then a smart pure can be yours £2,500 on a 1999 T plate, a smart pulse is nearer and smart passion models from around £3,300. are built to be customised, and the Brabus of the Smart, with uprated wider wheels and beefed up is worth around £1,250 on top of a standard smart passion. hand drive Smarts arriving in 2001, with a RHD pulse opening at £4,300 on a 51 plate .All standard models are insurance group 2.

to Look For

car Smart City-Cabrio

The main problem the Smart that’s been to date has been the exploding screen. Under certain it can shatter due to the glass failing to with the heat generated by the element. The problem lies in the of the element and on newer models the is changed from a horizontal to one where the bars are turned up at the end to a letter ‘U’. Existing can have the modified screen under warranty by an authorised if the screen breaks, but many want to wait. Best to buy one the new style screen already Smarts are also known to through the rear hatch, the windscreen wiper motor against a rubber strip and it. This happens to most so don’t think a slightly hatch is anything too serious. windows have been to jam and sunroof blinds are flimsy and can to pieces. Pre December 1999 aren’t fitted with the front tyres, double front suspension and electronic distribution. Early Smart were damaged by an infamous of a car sitting on its rear screen by the of a snowbound German autobahn, and the cars are notably more than their predecessors, a degree of reassuring understeer into the chassis. If you are buying an version, make sure any record is clear and that the history is adequately explained. isn’t a shortage of used models, although finding one in your preferred level of may be more of an uphill task.

Replacement Parts

(approx on 2000 smart passion) If you expecting Smart ownership to back the moment you needed a part, rest easy. A new assembly retails for a fairly £165, and an exhaust system about the same. Front pads are only around which given that about the size of a matchbox seem about right. pads are a bit pricier at approaching An alternator is £140 and a starter a mere £90, whilst a can be bought for £70.

On the Road

On average, most on European roads carry 1.2 passengers and 80% of them in urban are occupied by the driver alone. half of Europe’s registered travel less than 20 a day — or around 7,000 a year. And, as we all know, the majority of journeys are short and for or non-work-related purposes. On top of this, tend to spend 90% of their parked or stuck in traffic The Smart takes a pragmatic to these facts. The driver a 6-speed clutchless and sequential (just like the saloon car you simply push up to go up the gearbox and to go down. Easy in theory, but it to take a little practice you get the hang of seamless up and down The engine output depends on the you choose, with the entry-level pure variant developing The sportier smart pulse extra turbo boost to its output up to 61bhp. Finally, the top passion variant is somewhere in with 54bhp. If that sound very much, bear in mind that engine doesn’t have to move. The car can only carry two and it weighs a mere 720kg. to sixty takes 16.8 on the way to an artificially limited top speed of None of this gives you idea as to exactly how much of a the little Smart is to drive. It quite as fast as, say, a Seicento Sporting or a Mini but crucially, it rides better, safer and is much better You just have to put up with a of a back seat and a tiny storage area, that’s As you might expect, fuel is dazzlingly good (expect at 60mpg on a regular basis) and if willing to unleash the … in you and it nose in to the kerb, you’ll more stares than a parked in the next bay.


Overall

You’ll be stared at. disbelievers will even to suppress a snigger, especially overtaken on the motorway by a Smart. If you carefully and take a look at a few you buy, purchasing a used can be the best way possible to have the laugh. It makes a Fiat Ford Ka or SEAT Arosa so twentieth century.

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car Smart City-Cabrio
car Smart City-Cabrio
car Smart City-Cabrio

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