smart roadster BRABUS Road Test

smart roadster BRABUS
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smart roadster Review

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Pound for pound there is little to beat the thrills to be had with the smart roadster BRABUS.

Rivals
  • Alfa Romeo Spider, Hyundai Coupe, Mazda MX-5 , MGF & Toyota MR2
What We Liked
  • Performance and handling
  • Engine & exhaust note
  • Turbo waste gate whistle
  • Exterior and interior styling
  • Kudos
  • High level of safety equipment
  • Attention to detail
What We Disliked
  • The cabin awkward to get in and out of
  • Engine noise at speed - Sometimes it was thrilling and but after long periods it became intrusive
What We'd Like To See
  • A larger version
  • A manual gearbox option
Build Quality

A BRABUS version of the smart roadster has been long awaited and it does not disappoint. As you would expect of DaimlerChrysler the build quality is excellent and the materials used are of a very high standard and should prove durable in the long term.

Value For Money

This is subjective, the £16,695 price tag might seem expensive - of course you could buy a much more practical car for less money. However, one thing is for sure its not going to be as thrilling to own and drive. You are paying for the exclusivity of the smart BRABUS badge but when compared with other sports cars that offer this much fun you could easily double or treble your money.

Conclusion

Pound for pound there is little to beat the thrills to be had with the smart roadster BRABUS. It can compete with any sports car even the so-called 'serious drivers cars' - their owners would still envy you this car. Of course it is compromised by its size this is part of its attraction and we would recommend a fitting before buying - but if you can live with its size limitations or if it is a second or weekend car then it comes highly recommended. It provoked numerous comments and caused a sensation amongst other road users, pedestrians and other smart owners like nothing else we've driven.

1 March 2005 Melanie Carter
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smart roadster Road Test Data
Model Reviewedsmart roadster BRABUS
  
Body TypeConvertible
ColourSpeed Silver Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.8 Seconds
Top Speed 119 mph
  
TransmissionSOFTOUCH automatic transmission (incorporating SOFTIP sequential 6-speed transmission) and steering wheel gearshift
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban42.8 mpg
Extra Urban61.4 mpg
Combined53.3 mpg
  
Insurance Group14
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty2-years/unlimited mileage warranty
6-year anti-corrosion warranty
Price (when tested on the 01/03/05)£ 16,695.00

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