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2019 Mercedes-Benz Smart ForTwo

Amazing Cars & Drives Car Buyers Guide: Smart ForTwo Review

 

The next stop in our car buyers guide is the Smart ForTwo Review. As a two-seater, the Smart FourTwo is perfect for zipping around those tight streets in built-up areas, coming as a serious rival to leading competitor models such as the Toyota Aygo or the Volkswagen Up!. A real edge over these competitors is just how compact this vehicle really is, allowing drivers to park the vehicle perpendicular to the kerb – meaning that parking spaces can now be found in the busiest of zones.

When putting together a concept for this vehicle, Smart have made strides in addressing several criticisms of the previous model – namely its clunky, automated gearbox. With the new Smart ForTwo, manufacturers have offered drivers the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a dual-clutch automatic gearbox – each containing the same number of cogs. Smart have also addressed concerns around the previous model’s erratic suspension, which is now comparable to the highly comfortable suspension seen in the new Mercedes C-Class.

Smart have also made a serious effort to maintain the vehicle’s youthful appeal, offering drivers a huge range of colours and visually appealing accessories. However, whilst the vehicle lacks speed, fuel economy is excellent. The vehicle’s 1.0 litre engine is complemented by an ECO stop/start function, which also conserves energy around climate control, central locking and electronically-adjustable windows.

All-round, this is an impressive vehicle that serves a singular purpose – considering this car to be level with conventional cars would be a mistake.

OVERVIEW

Driver Convenience

  • Smartphone compatible
  • Exterior temperature display
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • ECO stop-start functionality

Interior Features

  • Heated seating
  • Centre console with twin cup holders
  • 12V socket
  • Ambient lighting system
  • Real leather upholstery

Exterior Features

  • H4 halogen headlamps
  • High-performance LED daytime running lights
  • Rain sensors
  • Lockable bonnet
  • Black radiator trim
  • Body-coloured bumpers

Wheels

  • 15-inch 5 twin spoke alloy wheels
  • High sheen finish
  • Breakdown kit with air compressor

On the Road

  • Twinamic 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission
  • Smartphone compatibility
  • Voice recognition technology

Security

  • Folding keys
  • Immobiliser
  • Drive lock
  • Central locking

Safety

  • Airbags, including kneebags and side bags
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Hill start assist
  • Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Programme