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The smart forfour brings overdue charm and character to the car class. It looks sharp and well. It has instant street it’s practical and it’s

Weighing in at under 1000kg, for a sporting drive and with style, the smart forfour is no small car.

And for a cute, European machine, to be bought and alongside the local Mercedes-Benz the $23,990 starting price is a deal.

That money the 1.3-litre, five-speed manual The 1.5-litre machine starts at The six-speed auto option $1035.

The price here is than in Europe, to give premium light car a better in a hot market of compact Japanese and rivals.

Yet Australian targets are small 300 forfours expected to be sold in the 12 months. An expected 600 smarts cabrios, coupes and roadsters be sold in 2005; the two-door fortwo now starts at $19,990.

are a couple of questions over fresh smart. The ride can be over small road like cat’s eyes and the touch automatic transmission can be be a tad hesitant on changes.

But there is to like, not the least its high-spirited chassis balance and excellent economy.

This front-wheel smart forfour arrives a raft of safety, comfort and features.

Standard gear for cars includes 15-inch wheels, airconditioning, CD player and front windows. Options the six-speed automated gearbox, the of two sun-roofs, a six-stack CD player and a system.

Clever inside touches the 21st century trim and fresh and natty dashboard and plus a rear seat can be slid forward and back for rear luggage or back space.

There are driver and airbags, electronic stability ABS with brake force and disc brakes all around.

of the electric and electronic systems are from its big brother, Mercedes-Benz.

And components, such as the rear five-speed gearbox and petrol are shared with Mitsubishi’s new also built under the umbrella.

But the smart forfour its own agenda.

The engines have compression ratios for more over the Colt, there is a chassis and there is that safety cell, highlighted by the of three different colours on exposed body frame.

Combine that with 10 body colours and there are 30 from classic styles to and breezy combinations to choose

The forfour has a road presence breaks the current mould for cars.

On the road there is accommodation for four adults and a slab of beer in the boot. and leg-room are good front and although taller occupants to bend their head a below the curved roof

The alternative is to shift the back forward to accommodate two adults, two and a weekend’s gear.

The driving is good. Sitting a little there is good visibility and the including trip computer, are all read.

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Both motors fire enthusiasm and do not mind running to the 6000rpm redline.

The soft-touch, auto option works with the floor-mounted stick The optional paddles on the steering column appear to take a longer to find the next


Wound up and running, the smart is an entertaining drive.

The turn-in to is positive, even if the electric can sometimes feel a touch on straight sections of road.

is little hint of under-steer, that arrives with velocities. The 1.3-litre is claimed to from 0 to 100km/h in 10.8 and run to 180km/h; the 1.5-litre car takes 9.8 to hit 100km/h and tops out at 190km/h.

At all legal speeds, the 2500mm smart is well-balanced, with grip all around from rubber.

Ride quality is for a small, light car with suspension travel. Even the over small edges and does not upset the car’s or body, although it can be heard and on rougher patches.

For the most the smart’s suspension and balance are supple and encouraging. This may not be a Elise but the smart forfour has type of exuberant road

And pushing along through and over the hills in a 1.5-litre, auto smart forfour saw fuel consumption just seven litres per 100km.

The pushes out 80kW, the 1.3-litre has 70kW. Both are more adequate with two adults

And for an extra $2620, there is a suspension package with wheels.

The smart forfour is a rare, good-looking compact style, substance and soul.

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