Car Reviews Smart ForTwo City Coupe Brabus The AA

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Styling nothing else Reassurance of safety standards thanks to influence Small dimensions it easy to manoeuvre and park town Brabus option a exciting and rapid experience

Can be costly compared to more city car rivals Gearbox is sluggish and there’s no conventional option Long motorway are not the car’s forte A strict in the face of more practical

Like it or loathe it, Smart’s and genuinely different city is here to stay. After a mauling from critics who see past the car’s minor shortcomings, anyone with of adventure and a willingness to stand out has the ForTwo the perfect antidote to superminis.

It courted controversy from the start, but the Smart — formerly City and City Cabriolet — is now part of automotive culture. a product of an alliance between and fashion watch maker the radically-styled and packaged city car a credible alternative to the conventional for anyone seeking park practicality and light relief conventional looks.

Although the brand has been of the DaimlerChrysler empire for many now, the car remains the fashionable to Mercedes’ sensible, reserved From the ForTwo’s ridiculously stance to its deceptively commodious and amusing three-cylinder signature everything about the car shouts, at me!


Convertibles and out-and-out sportscars two-seat cars are in the minority in the runabout sector. And yet, you take the plunge with the you realise that the ForTwo is the machine for darting about on lonesome. Shopping can rest in the passenger seat footwell or the accommodating boot.

With the and driven wheels at the back, the two are blessed with an abundance of while the short front makes parking easy. of this is at the expense of safety, There are airbags aplenty in the and the car is equipped with ABS and ESP. The creature comfort count is high, too.

For some, the unusual semi-auto gearbox is a too unconventional and its outright speed short of run-of-the-mill rivals. the former is an acquired taste, but the is hardly a criticism when the litre, three-cylinder motor its best around town.

Our verdict on the Smart ForTwo Coupe Brabus

The latest of Smart’s city runabout none of the annoying niggles of the cars to leave the factory. refined, safe and well the ForTwo — in both and cabrio form — is a option for anyone seeking urban transport. Making a rarely comes cheap, but low costs compensate for the car’s average screen price.

Unlike traditional city such as Ford’s Ka and Daihatsu’s the Smart ForTwo can be an expensive made more so by the long and options list. Look its screen price and the ForTwo is a and cost effective proposition. Low a cheap road fund and decent fuel economy this unusual contraption a sensible car.

Space and

In the context of the urban landscape, the offers much in the way of space and There’s plenty of the former if needs are modest, and the latter is demonstrated when you can capitalise on the space that fellow have had to reluctantly pass by. the car will take only one occupant and cross-continent jaunts are for the dedicated, but around town little that beats the as a rounded package.

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The Mercedes influence is to see in the safety department, as driver and are well catered for in the airbag Under the skin, the ForTwo is with anti-lock brakes extra assistance in the event of an plus Electronic Stability (ESP) to help quell any of over-enthusiasm. Smart also a big noise about its Tridion cell — essentially the metal structure surrounding the

Driver appeal

The ForTwo was designed as a driver’s car, yet on the it feels surefooted in all but extreme Given the Smart’s short it does well to soak up urban undulations. The driving sharpens up enormously with the variant, thanks to a number of from the tuning company and a extra slug of power. enhanced, the car can easily embarrass potent machinery around and sounds the part courtesy of a exhaust pipe.

Family car appeal

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Quality and image

The car’s plastics might not immediately but there’s no denying that the and fittings are built to last. The is true of the car’s exterior, as gaps are tight and the paint The car’s social standing is not so to define. For some, the car is a novelty, a For others its popularity has reached status. The car has ceased to be just but has become part of a fun lifestyle, in a way to BMW’s second-generation MINI.

To criticise the ForTwo for only two seats is to miss the point. it does, it does well. The two are accessed easily via the car’s opening doors. Room the Smart is generous, and two well-fed will not have to make any Although tempting, putting any behind the seats will see them slide out of sight making them hard to There are no such problems in the though, as the split tailgate depositing small items The only pain is reaching the The panel is secured by a fiddly which can make routine tiresome.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

The standard fit system is a modest affair but the job of providing decent quality stations and playing CDs without a The car’s compact dimensions may any serious analysis redundant, but the system is more than a sonically for its vocal engine. include a handy CD storage in the centre console and a disc The only omission is the provision of wheel-mounted controls, which prove handy despite the proximity of the head unit to the

Although ideal for short the ForTwo can prove tiring on journeys

Colours and trim

As a fashion item, the ForTwo’s can be selected in a number of bright, colour schemes. Something red fascia inserts and seats fit with the car’s outgoing A more … leather is also available. The same is of the car’s exterior. The much-hyped panels are no myth, you just see many people chopping and due to the cost and time involved. or outside, everything feels and more than up to withstanding the knocks of an unforgiving urban

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as standard. Buyers need to cost option ‘Smart breakdown kit’ comprising and mousse.

Range information

One option throughout the range, a turbo petrol motor of in three different states of In Coupe form: Pure 50 Pure, Pulse and Passion Brabus (74bhp). In Cabriolet the entry-level Pure 50 is dropped. All come with Smart’s auto gearbox with override.

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