Car Reviews Smart Forfour 1 1 Pulse The AA

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Funky a refreshing change in conservative Generous levels of interior make the Forfour surprisingly Large range of extras buyers to personalise their Manual gearshift a welcome to a Smart vehicle


1.3 and petrol engines offer a small advantage over the 1.1 gearbox still lacks and delivers jerky upshifts mad with the options list hit you hard in the wallet Low-cost variant lacks the visual of the rest of the range

It was only a of time before Smart the plunge and directed its attention the traditional supermini market. from being based on conventional Colt, the Forfour is but straightforward. Familiar Smart traits have successfully from the company’s other and the car boasts a cabin that regular superminis for both and versatility.

The supermini sector may that it’s a market of stylish cars about but the reality is that, of late, car have opted for the conservative With superminis proving the popular among private unleashing a radical-looking variant on the public might prove for a firm’s bottom line.

Save for the Mini, no car has really through the style barrier and buyers hearts in the same way BMW’s baby has. believes its Forfour offers a amount of charm and will day rival the Mini in terms of and sales.

In the Forfour’s defence, the car look cute — but to be specified in the right (or should be bright?) shade for the maximum The car’s cabin is another where fun wins the day. you won’t see oversize circular you do see chunky control surfaces and a un-Mini-like amount of space. The help to detract from the Mercedes and Mitsubishi roots (it its underpinnings with the Colt), the latter means your won’t be impersonating sardines unlike if sat in the Mini.

So far so good, but the is more than just one of buzzy two seat Fortwos extra doors. Granted the resemblance is there along the Porsche 911 howl of the entry-level engine, but the inclusion of a regular gearbox across the range, engines and big car levels of occupant and space should signal to wavering that this is one that thinks big.

Our verdict on the Smart Forfour 1.1

Some critics will Smart’s Forfour as a style-led with a premium price To do so is to miss the point. Careful can produce a car with the right in a decent colour combination and by a sensible engine for a reasonable You’ll be in good company if you to treat the Forfour as fashionable though. Just like the you can spend a fortune in a bid to make car stand out from the crowd. way, the four-door Smart is of recommendation.


Depending on outlook, the Forfour can be as expensive or as as you want it to be. Like the Mini, the screen price is only a point if you want to personalise the car various creature comforts and orientated addenda. However, with the more modest 1.1 model and you won’t be disappointed. is good, as are basic running such as servicing and insurance.

and practicality

It may be nothing more a supermini on paper but the Fofour has in common with the people sector when it comes to Front seat occupants are to a conventional cabin layout, but passengers benefit from a sliding seat arrangement offers more legroom or bootspace — you decide. seats can also be folded flat to rival the carrying of a conventional family hatch. the cabin is a spacious environment; and elbow room is more adequate and little touches as cupholders and the optional folding armrest are nice.

Controls and display



Car safety

Forfour occupants are looked after — has equipped the car with twin and side airbags as standard, the option of curtain airbags. with the cars ‘Tridion’ cell, Smart should be for fitting anti-lock brakes, ESP and assist as standard across the Children are catered for by way of optional mountings and Smart-supplied child and booster cushions.


car Smart Forfour

For a car sold on its looks, versatility and space, it would be easy to the Forfour’s ability to entertain the Unlike other Smart the Forfour is based on a conventional — Mitsubishi’s Colt and as such drives well. To maximum enjoyment Smart’s but flawed semi-auto gearbox be avoided; gearshifts lack in auto mode and require in clutchless ‘manual’ mode. the manual feels quicker combined with the car’s steering, the whole experience is a one and the car is an eminently chuckable one in an old-school Cooper way. All engines respectable performance, but the 1.1 petrol is a unit that emits a howl when pushed

Family car appeal

First car

Quality and image

Like the Smart’s line-up has built up of a cult following. Fashionable are always drawn to cars don’t follow the norm, yet is often lacking if your are to look good plus own practical. Where the Fortwo’s is limited if you need real-life of space, the Forfour successfully the two-seat car’s styling with a family-friendly cabin. the Forfour, Smart has finally mainstream without losing its cred. And while the Forfour is no for Skoda’s Fabia in the quality cabin plastics are first seat fabrics look and the appearance of certain items of switchgear is welcome.


Front seat will have no trouble the Forfour’s cabin, while seat passengers will, by of the car’s smaller doors, to take a moment to make a exit. Once in the rear space is generous, and headroom is for a car of this size. At the back, the swings up high with effort and the load lip is a sensible The only major gripe the rear seat slide/fold which can be difficult to operate in a Once mastered — the help of a little muscle — it works well and is a feature for when transporting passengers or bulky loads but not both.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

in the entertainment department that the shows its Mercedes roots. within in easy reach of the seats occupants and high up in the the car’s base audio boasts a radio and CD player and suspiciously similar to what find in, say, a C-Class Moving up from the standard there’s the option of CD changers, sat nav and a free telephone. The basic interface is easy to master of specification and there’s the option of a steering wheel, but the main display is all to easily rendered in direct sunlight.

Sliding the rear seats afford occupants acres of

Colours and trim

The Forfour not be a blank canvas for those of a disposition, but it does offer a level of customisation by way of different trims and colours. The end result as long as you don’t go overboard is refreshingly upbeat relative to of its mainstream rivals. Overall, the of plastics and fabrics is good. levels of personalisation can be achieved the car’s body panels by the Forfour’s Tridion safety with various exterior combinations.

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