smart city-coupe passion Review

smart city-coupe passion
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smart fortwo Review

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The performance of the 2003 model has been improved.

How It Drove - Performance

The performance of the 2003 model has been improved. The three-cylinder turbo engine of the 2nd generation smart city-coupe has been redesigned to offer more power and more torque resulting in a noticeable improvement in performance. The cars now have 698cc engines instead of 599cc and the new petrol engines are available in 50bhp (37kw) and 61 bhp (45kw) and as before the maximum speed is electronically limited to 84mph.

We tested a 61 bhp model and found that progress around town was rapid and the handling was nimble. The SOFTOUCH automatic mode (standard on the passion) allows you to drive in a fully automatic mode which is excellent around town although the gear changes can be jerky. The new kickdown function enables you to spontaneously change down a gear or two with the accelerator pedal. The smart also features as standard a rev counter and digital gear display which recommends when to shift up and down the gears.

On the open road the SOFTIP sequential 6-speed transmission is intuitive, simply knock the gear lever forward to change up and backwards to change down. If you do get carried away and forget to change up a gear the transmission will automatically shift up a gear for you in manual gear-changing mode (SOFTIP) when the rev limit is reached during acceleration. The smart is very capable on A roads, performance is not hampered by its small size and it certainly gave drivers of larger faster vehicles a few surprises.

It is only when you venture onto the Motorway that you notice the smart's lack of power however, it will comfortably cruise at legal motorway speeds although it does become noisier. You may notice that some road users like to bully small cars and this can be intimidating especially when you are sat so close to the rear window. But generally most other road users show great respect and admiration towards smart cars.

The engine is in the rear under the load space and although not quiet whilst accelerating it has an exhilarating engine note. It’s truly addictive.

smart fortwo Review | Part Three
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smart fortwo Road Test Data
Model Reviewedsmart city-coupe passion
  
Body TypeCoupe
Colourriver silver metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph15.5 seconds
Top Speed 84 mph (electronically limited)
  
TransmissionSOFTOUCH automatic transmission (incorporating SOFTIP sequential 6-speed transmission)
  
Fuel TypePetrol - Unleaded
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban47.1 mpg - SOFTOUCH
47.9 mpg - SOFTIP
Extra Urban68.9 mpg - SOFTOUCH
70.6 mpg - SOFTIP
Combined58.9 mpg - SOFTOUCH
60.1 mpg - SOFTIP
  
Insurance Group4
Euro NCAP Rating3
Warranty2-years/unlimited mileage warranty
6-year warranty against corrosion perforation from the inside
Price (when tested on the 24/08/03)£ 8,200.00

The information contained within this smart fortwo review may have changed since publication on the 24 August 2003. 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