smart forfour BRABUS Review

smart forfour BRABUS
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smart forfour Review

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The forfour BRABUS' design-led interior is faithful to smarts philosophy of minimalist fun and offers a combination of aluminium and leather.

How It Looks - Interior

The forfour BRABUS' design-led interior is faithful to smarts philosophy of minimalist fun and offers a combination of aluminium and leather. The gear lever and handbrake lever are BRABUS branded and the dashboard, interior door trim and instrument panel are leather look. Other exclusive touches include BRABUS velour floor mats, speedometer, rev counter, cockpit clock and engine temperature gauge with BRABUS dials, BRABUS silver contrast components and metallic door strips with smart lettering.

The exclusive BRABUS aluminium accelerator and brake pedals are finished with non-slip rubber grips for a sporty finish.

The BRABUS heated black leather sports seats with distinctive silver stitching and headrests embossed with the BRABUS logo are both luxurious and well crafted.

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Infotainment

The smart forfour BRABUS is equipped as standard with the smart radio five (radio, CD player including 2 speakers) and smart sound system (6 loud speakers with subwoofer). Various upgrades are available as cost options including Satellite Navigation and provision for telephone installation.

The sound was clear and the system was easy to use (with steering wheel mounted audio controls) but with this amount of power on tap you tend to concentrate on the driving experience.

Rivals
  • Honda Civic Type-R, MINI Cooper S, Mitsubishi Colt CZT and Peugeot 206 GTi 180
What We Liked
  • Performance
  • Handling
  • Kudos
  • Exterior and interior styling
  • High level of safety equipment
  • Tardis-like interior space
What We Disliked
  • Window switches positioned either side of the handbrake - fiddly to operate
  • Head lights not powerful enough
What We'd Like To See
  • Xenon head lights on the BRABUS model
  • Window switches conventionally located on the door panels
  • An auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • The centre mounted temperature gauge replaced with a boost gauge for the fun of it
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smart forfour Road Test Data
Model Reviewedsmart forfour BRABUS
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourStarlight Silver Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph6.9 Seconds
Top Speed 137 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeThe engine is designed for use with Super Plus Unleaded Petrol (98 RON). However, it can be operated with normal premium-grade (95 RON) with only minimally reduced performance
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban31.7 mpg
Extra Urban50.4 mpg
Combined41.5 mpg
  
Insurance Group16
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
WarrantyAll forfour's come with a 2-year unlimited mileage warranty, plus a 12-year warranty against rusting through from the inside to the outside
Price (when tested on the 28/08/05)£ 17,195 OTR

The information contained within this smart forfour review may have changed since publication on the 28 August 2005. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local smart dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2017