Smart ForFour Electric (EQ)

Smart ForFour Motability car sideSmart are owned by Daimler AG, the same company that own Mercedes Benz, which is why many Smart dealerships are attached to a Mercedes dealer. The ForFour is manufactured in Hambach, France, just a few miles form the German border. The ForFour shares the latest ForTwo’s mechanicals (and that of the Renault Twingo), Smart have utilised the small dimensions to make a perfect City car for the 21st Century, the turning circle a minute 8.65 meters. Access to the rear is also incredibly easy thanks to rear doors that open to 85 degrees, making fitting child seats a doddle. While entry and exit is easy for adults, there’s not much room in the rear.

 

Smart ForFour EQ, All Electric

October 1st 2018 gave us the news that Smart have added the ‘All Electric’ EQ to the Scheme, available as a ForTwo, and our choice the ForFour, with its two rear seats (and two rear doors) and a 185 litre boot.  Power comes from a 17.6 kWh battery paired to a 60kW electric motor producing 81bhp at the rear wheels. The Electric Smart can reach 62mph in 12.7 seconds from the single speed gearbox, electric cars have all the power avaialble straight away making the little Smart very nippy around town and away from the lights, 37 mph can be reached in just 5.5 seconds. The range is a claimed 96 miles (65 miles in reality, less in winter when using the heated seats and heating the car remotely prior to driving) and charging is not super fast from the standard 7kw charger, recharging from 10-80% takes 2.5 hours at a wallbox and six hours at a domestic wall socket. Equipment in the ‘Prime Premium’ is excellent, 7 inch touchscreen with sat nav and mirrorlink for Android phone users (no Apple Carplay), 15 inch Alloy wheels, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a panoramic roof. The Plus pack adds a front armrest, rear view camera, auto wipers and lights and headlamps with LED light guide and LED tail lights. There is the option to upgrade the standard 7kw charger to 22kw which will reduce the 2.5 hour wallbox charging time to 40 minutes. The 2 door Smart EQ starts at £449 AP

Autumn Best Buy – Smart ForFour EQ (Full electric Car) ‘Prime Premium’ Automatic (22kw Charging)  –  £1249 Advance Payment (£136.84 wpms)