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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 speeds, the 2500mm wheelbase is well-balanced, with decent all around from 15-inch

Ride quality is good for a light car with limited travel. Even the sharpness small edges and bumps not upset the car’s balance or although it can be heard and felt on patches.

For the most part, the suspension and balance are smooth, and encouraging. This may not be a Lotus but the smart forfour has that of exuberant road manner.

And along through town and the hills in a 1.5-litre, six-speed smart forfour saw average consumption just over litres per 100km.

The 1.5-litre out 80kW, the 1.3-litre engine has Both are more than with two adults aboard.

And for an $2620, there is a sports package with 16-inch

The smart forfour is a somewhat good-looking compact with substance and soul.

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