On test Smart Fortwo Cabriolet review (20042006 model) MSN Cars UK

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On test: Smart Fortwo review (2004-2006 model)

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style: City car/cabriolet

689cc three-cylinder turbo petrol

Transmission: Six-speed

Date of Test: November

This is the car that introduced the brand to the public. Originally the City Coupe, or City it was renamed in 2004 when the was launched, becoming the fortwo. a bit of an oddity, with a rear-mounted 698cc turbocharged engine either 50 or 61bhp, mated to a gearbox. Its compact dimensions it’s aimed at urban where it really works, the of its high driving position, visibility and peppy performance all it an ideal town driver. looks and build and its youthful, fun all add to its appeal, but as its name suggests, only any use if there are only two of

Where does it fit?

into parking spaces. The smart is short enough to you to park it nose to the kerb in a parking space. Few do so in the UK, but visit and you’ll see them abandoned all the place, by that we mean on traffic islands, pedestrian indeed anywhere where space to leave it. We haven’t it with quite as much as Rome’s dwellers, but it does a great deal of sense if you do of your motoring in and around Rivals include superminis and cars, a motorbike/moped or a bus/tube

Is it for you?

The Smart is one of those cars while clearly very orientated, makes sense for You’ll look good in it your age, famous including people like Williams and even Sir Stirling (he of F1 fame so many years How cool is that? If you’re a or even a out of townie that a lot of time driving around and to and the city, the Smart makes a lot of Reduced rates on parking at makes them a clever for commuters too, Smart discounts on a number of services due to the small dimensions. Owners to love them, as the annual from London to Brighton thousands of smart owners part in the event.

What it do well?

With either output (50 or 61bhp) it’ll around town with happily keeping up with the of the traffic. While doing so make you smile, it’s a pleasing place to be, the interior is comfortable and neatly styled and the provides an entertaining soundtrack The cabriolet roof is easy to though we doubt many ever remove the roof in its as taking the side bars out of a chore. It’ll carry you and one in comfort, and although the boot tiny there’s enough back there for all but the most of shoppers. Drive it sensibly and you get nearly 60mpg. Its height you excellent all-round visibility, you spot those elusive spaces around town and a great looker too.

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What doesn’t it do well?

more than you and one other. If you to take your friends you forget it, unless they’ve all got and you can go in convoy. Seriously though, the automatic transmission is very even with the optional shifters. It’s something can be ‘driven round’ in manual but if you’re the type that a full automatic you’ll find the lurching in auto frustrating. Throttle response is slow, it needing a fair to make progress, but once moving it’s pretty The ride can get a bit bouncy when on undulating fast roads and its not the companion on a longer journeys buffeting from trucks and make it a tiresome drive on the

What’s it like to live

You’ll either love it or it. We’d be prepared to say that the will fall into the category. The gearshift might be but with practice you can pretty drive around this, maintaining speed is part of the It’s one of those cars you can’t help admiring, town it really works and parking it is a real cinch. If you get of the colour, the panels can be removed at a centre and replaced with choice, though it’s not so find a friend with one prepared to swap. Stylish, and fun you’ll find it the perfect companion, unless you need for more than two.

Would we buy it?

Quite simply, The Smart is about the most means of getting about after a scooter, only far safer and you’re protected the elements too. Sure, not the best on a motorway journey, but it well enough considering it was primarily for town use. well specified, is fun to drive, and most importantly, it’ll you smile every time you get in it. alone is enough to convince us it’s worth considering.

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