Smart City Coupe Passion | Auto Express

17 Янв 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »
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Verdict

At last, the Smart like a #039;proper#039; car. the new-for-2003 model range little different from the model, the changes under the have transformed the driving With progress like the Smart brand looks set to go strength to strength.

It might won the hearts of a loyal band of but the Smart City Coupe has been something of a compromise. The of intelligent design, miracle and limitless character has proven but performance, high-speed stability and smoothness were left And although owners were to put up with these quirks, potential buyers were put

Smart’s engineers have to the criticism and taken action again — this is the car’s fourth major in as many years. You might not be to spot the differences immediately, as the Smart logo on the nose is the external difference between and the car it replaces, but the newcomer is actually a improved machine.

Under the several changes have place. The engine has had its first-ever and capacity has been increased 599cc to 698cc. The entry-level gets an extra 6bhp to 50bhp, while the other rise 7bhp to 61bhp. results in 1.3 seconds being off the 0-60mph time of all variants, and consumption now averages an impressive

But the most noticeable difference on the is the broader power delivery, as the has over 15 per cent more below 3,000rpm. It’s to keep up with traffic thrashing the little engine to the red making for far smoother acceleration and a refined drive at all speeds.

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The gearbox was seen as the original main bugbear, however, jerky changes in both and sequential modes. In comparison, the new is much quicker to swap and changes are far smoother. And in fully mode, there’s now a proper feature. It’s a remarkable and one which makes the latest far more pleasant to drive, with the optional steering paddleshift.


What’s more, is on offer for the first time. our test car was not fitted with the the electrically operated system a fatter front wheel-and-tyre to be used, making the Smart stable through corners.

Even without it, though, of the old City Coupe’s stability have been addressed. All new come with standard ESP Stability Programme), which independent braking on each to ensure the car remains controllable in situations. Although it’s a in the city car sector, the system been built to a budget, and on icy roads it works well. The stability has allowed engineers to the suspension and incorporate more travel. In town, the car feels far harsh over potholes and and rides much more on motorways, too. Add electronic assistance and a new hill-start feature, stops the car rolling back on without applying the handbrake, and you can a fresh confidence in the Smart’s

A larger fuel tank and service monitor mean the is now a viable proposition for motorists who to venture beyond urban too. The downside? Prices slightly, with an average of £200 being added to models. But, with the of the modifications, that represents value.

car Smart City-Coupe
car Smart City-Coupe
car Smart City-Coupe
car Smart City-Coupe
car Smart City-Coupe

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