On test Smart RoadsterCoupe review (20032005 model) MSN Cars UK

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On test: Smart Roadster-Coupe (2003-2005 model)


turbocharged three-cylinder

Fuel (97 RON)

Transmission:Six-speed semi-automatic

of test: 2003

Extremely is the short answer. The Smart is the innovative manufacturer’s competitor in the roadster market. Despite our weather it seems that us are suckers for open-topped cars, the aiming to take sales from long-established models Mazda’s MX-5 and newer rivals like Peugeot’s successful 206CC. For shear the smart has the competition licked, the is an impossibly hip contender, in either of its two Read the specification and it sounds supercar than diminutive as it comes with a mid-rear-mounted engine mated to a semi-automatic It looks like smart has another winner.

Where does it fit?

The fits into the compact/affordable market. Available in either form with or as a convertible which one suits you is down to preference as the roof systems are Either has advantages or disadvantages on your viewpoint, the coupe can more luggage in its rear — but it’s constantly on as it’s glass. The roadster with a canvass roof as while the Coupe comes two removable hard-top panels. at around the £13,500 mark for the its competition is made up of cars the Ford Streetka, Mazda and the Peugeot 206CC.

Is it for you?

Smart really is intended for but the company’s own people admit customers buy their smarts as a fun regularly sharing space on the with other premium Buyers tend to be affluent, and young. Enough of that though, if you like the look of it, and your pulse if you don’t, the roadster-coupe is for you. It’s a a car bought with the heart than the head, but why not? fun.

What does it do

It’ll make you grin ear to ear. 80bhp might not like much for a sporting but there’s so little bulk to around that most complain about the performance. is high, the ride is supple on sinuous roads and the steering is direct. The turbo wastegate on over-run sounds like a World Rally Car, and the is as appealing as the exterior for style and appeal. Operating the roof on is a cinch; it’s impossible not to be in by the Smart’s charm and surprising

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What doesn’t it do well?

is an open top car designed for fun first, so a fairly impractical machine. space is limited, though the layout does mean there are two luggage compartments small they are) and rear. The engine needs to be to access its best performance, for some drivers is part of the but others might prefer low down urgency — considering that the majority of will spend their around town. The steering feels far too big, and the steering is extremely light, though our criticism remains the ponderous gearshift. The slow shift can be around, indeed there’s a degree of fun to be had from learning how to around its quirks, but we can’t but feel it’ll put off some — particularly those to leave it in ‘auto’ mode.

What’s it like to live

If you can deal with the relative of it then the smart roadster-coupe is to be a great day-to-day companion. It is great fun to drive and with a of safety devices to keep it all in it’s fairly foolproof. The is best described as brisk, but part of its appeal — you need to be doing huge to enjoy it as a driver’s car. driver appeal and utter in equal measure the roadster-coupe is to win the hearts of its buyers — like the City Coupe and cabriolet have already before it.

Would we buy it?

Viewed entirely against its competition and we’d to say no. As a sporting machine it fails to the same intimate feedback and of MGTFs, MX-5s and the like, but as an package it’s difficult not to be by the smarts huge style, and grin-per-mile factor. It’s one of cars that shouldn’t be at rationally, this is a fun car, and in respect it delivers in huge It’s testament to its huge that, even at the press the usual bunch of hard-nosed that we all are were all beaming and ‘we’d buy one’. I heartily

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