On test Smart Forfour review (20042006 model) MSN Cars UK

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On test: Smart Forfour (2004-2006 model)

Bodystyle: supermini

Engine: 1.1-litre

Fuel Type: petrol

5-speed manual

Date of July 2004

The Forfour is first car, er… for four. the Fortwo — no prizes for how many it carries — and the having built up the Smart to date the Mercedes-owned marque now has its on the supermini market. It caused confusion among many of the at the launch, suggesting that is a brand that’s based two-seat city cars. it seems that the company doesn’t seem to think so, and by the same thinking wouldn’t be all about the Model T, VW the Beetle and so on? no reason why smart cannot into any segment it wants, and by how impressive the Forfour is, then we wait for future models.

Where does it fit?

basically looking at a supermini-sized Model-for-model it’ll perhaps expensive against the ‘mainstream’ but it’s got character, style and specification on its side, and you can’t the value of branding in our label-obsessed It’ll provide those buyers a Smart choice they’ve grown out of their while also attracting wanting a smart as first or car. Smart themselves see the Peugeot 206 and VW Polo as its natural claiming that the Forfour has the off all these models in one package. reckon it’s got the style and appeal of the Peugeot, the evocative and character of the Mini – but with practicality – and perceived quality of the the Mini and Polo. In all honesty, not far off the mark.

Is it for you?

It’s difficult to pin the demographic for existing Smart The Fortwo has sold well to — Smart suggesting the brand has appeal for individualists than specific age groups. The inside and out is certainly more than the mainstream norm, so going to have to be happy to be the of attention in the Forfour, especially if you one of the more lairy colour Inside its neat cabin plenty space (for while the optional ability to the interior into a ‘lounge’ is unlikely ever to be used by but does underline the cabin’s All come equipped with control and safety is claimed to be up there with parent Mercedes’ highest standards

What does it do well?

spacious, stylish, well and fun to drive. The interior is instantly as a Smart, which means a covered dash pod-like and vents and neat, innovative Build quality and materials all sturdy, the controls all operating precision. Space is excellent, sat behind taller drivers loads of legroom for rear passengers. The manual transmission is and accurate, the ‘softtouch’ six-speed is the best example yet of Smart’s manual systems being smooth and much quicker the systems offered on other All the engines all offer punchy the 1.1-litre three-cylinder having character – its engine note a rousing accompaniment to any drive.

Smart forfour 2006 test

doesn’t it do well?

The styling for everybody, and that fabric dashboard is likely to get a bit more with the extra passengers on so if you’re looking to carry you might want to opt for the darker to hide the grubby handprints seem to follow children Refinement could be better, the can be vocal, though in the 1.1-litre it such a nice noise forgive it this, but there’s a bit of wind noise as the speed around the ‘b-pillars’. Despite the make to the semi-auto transmission can still be jerky, especially town, and the ‘paddle shifters’ the wheel really should as standard.

What’s it like to live

Smart ownership should be there’s a growing dealer out there and customer service is good. It’s one of only a few out there that has genuine and that alone is enough to it an appealing day-to-day proposition. happily cope with the of town driving and manages journeys with ease. Now those extra seats and a (if still fairly small) you’ve got the opportunity to take more friends and family for the too. A practical, stylish — there’s a lot to like the Forfour.

Would we buy it?

It might not offer the drive of some rivals, the of others or indeed the outright a few competitors but I’d still put it at the top of my list of It’s got a great mix of practicality, and style that really be matched in the supermini sphere. The manual is all the car you could ever the engine proving a real gem urgent and has a charismatic engine that can’t help but you smile. I’d certainly consider but at the same time can fully why others might be put off by it due to its rather looks. Recent superminis all been rather conservative with the exception of the huge Peugeot 206. Perhaps is onto something.

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