The roadster BRABUS's cabin is compact and unless age is catching up on me you need to be relatively flexible to get in and out of it.
Safety and Security
The following safety & security equipment is standard on the smart roadster BRABUS:
TRIDION safety cell, Roll-over bar integrated into TRIDION safety cell, Impact absorbing elements, front and rear, Crash sensor (auto switch-on of hazard warning lights/interior lighting), Safety steering column, Full-size driver and passenger airbag, Safety seats with integral seat belts, Seat belts with belt tensioners and belt-force limiter, Drive Lock auto activation of the central locking when driving, Indicators with lanechanger function, Hazard triangle, Remote central locking and immobiliser, ESP (electronic stability programme) includes HSA (hill start assist), ABS (anti-lock braking system) including EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), HBA (hydraulic brake assist), ASR (acceleration skid control), CBC (cornering brake control) and Dual-circuit brake system with servo assistance.
Comfort and Refinement
The roadster BRABUS's cabin is compact and unless age is catching up on me you need to be relatively flexible to get in and out of it. But once you are in you won't be disappointed leg room is good for a car of this size although elbow room is limited and to put the handbrake on you need to be on good terms with your passenger - the word snug comes to mind. When occupied by two adults on a long journey the limited cabin space can become frustrating and claustrophobic.
The standard leather sports seats incorporate two stage heating and hold you reassuringly in place even when cornering at speed and won't give you back ache. The leather sports steering wheel and leather gearshift knob were very tactile. However, the steering wheel is not adjustable for reach or rake.
If open-top motoring becomes too much in the sunshine (or more likely rain) just close the roof and switch on the standard air-conditioning (with light and maximum power functions and exterior temperature indictor with frost warning) to cool down (or cover up).
Standard features include a lane-changer indicator function, briefly flicking the indicator stalk makes the selected direction indicator flash three times, remote central locking and an immobiliser, electric windows, heated rear window and 12-volt power socket. The rear tailgate can be remotely operated from the key fob allowing access to the boot without opening the rest of the car.
smart roadster Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||smart roadster BRABUS|
|Colour||Speed Silver Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||119 mph|
|Transmission||SOFTOUCH automatic transmission (incorporating SOFTIP sequential 6-speed transmission) and steering wheel gearshift|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||61.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||2-years/unlimited mileage warranty|
6-year anti-corrosion warranty
|Price (when tested on the 01/03/05)||£ 16,695.00|