smart city-coupe passion Review

smart city-coupe passion
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smart fortwo Review

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The overall ride is firm and the smart's stability is exceptionally reassuring for a car with a perceived high centre of gravity.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

The overall ride is firm and the smart's stability is exceptionally reassuring for a car with a perceived high centre of gravity. Around town larger speed humps can prove awkward as the smart actually sits on top of them and then drops off which can be annoying.

The safety conscious smart features Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) as a standard feature on the smart city-coupe. ESP takes over the functions of TRUST PLUS, the previous driving dynamics control system using selective brake intervention to stabilise the vehicle. ESP also includes further safety and comfort features such as Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA). The Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC is integrated into the ESP.

The steering is direct and responsive and Electric Power Steering (EPS) is available as an option on the smart city-coupe. The level of assistance is speed-sensitive and also dependent on the force applied to the steering wheel by the driver. The servo effect decreases noticeably at higher speeds. ESP ensures that the car always follows the direction in which the driver steers, the result is excellent grip and road holding ability however, it will understeer if pushed hard although under normal driving conditions this would be unnoticeable.

Due to its short wheel base the smart tends to pitch on the open road and on uneven road surfaces. It can be uncomfortable to begin with and is particularly noticeable under heavy breaking & acceleration. However, you soon forgive the smart and learn to live with it due its overall fun factor.

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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