Smart ForFour

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), meaning the ForFour model is a rear-engined, rear-wheel drive car, the advantage being that there is a shorter bonnet which Smart have utilised by making the turning circle a minute 8.65 meters making it a perfect City car for the 21st Century. 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 Motability car overheadThe only trim line this quarter is the limited edition Urban Shadow, as standard the car has 16-inch alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, black fabric trim for the dashboard and doors, climate control, cruise control, reversing camera and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, MirrorLink smartphone connectivity and satellite navigation as standard. Electric windows are also fitted, alongside a 12V charging socket and LED daytime running lights.

In terms of interior space, the ForFour lags behind rivals such as the Hyundai i10 or Volkswagen UP! but it does have a range of neat touches that maximize what space that is there. The 180-litre boot is a little small but the rear seats can be locked more upright which gives a nice rectangular load bay. The good news is if you need more luggage room the rear seats in the ForFour fold completely flat, freeing up a maximum of 975 litres.

 

Smart forfour motability car dashboard

The 1.0 litre three cylinder petrol is the only engine available to Mobility customers, with 70bhp it can reach 62 miles per hour in 15.9 seconds as a 5 speed manual or 16.9 seconds as a twin clutch six speed automatic and both cars can hit a top speed of 94 miles per hour and both versions can return a claimed 67.3 miles per gallon combined. The 90bhp version offers turbocharging. It can get the car from 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds and is a lot more comfortable at higher speeds, with overtaking less of an effort and is a better option.

Summer Best Buy – Smart ForFour 5 door 1.0 petrol Urban Shadow 70bhp Manual  –  £49 Advance Payment (£62.54 wpms) or £449 (£65.19 wpms) as an Automatic

Summer Best Buy – Smart ForFour 5 door 1.0 petrol Urban Shadow 90bhp Manual  –  £349 Advance Payment (£64.53 wpms) or £749 (£67.19 wpms) as an Automatic

 

Smart Electric Car

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 (£100 on the Advance Payment) adds a front armrest, rear view camera, auto wipers and lights and headlamps with LED light guide and LED tail lights. There the option to upgrade the standard 7kw charger to 22kw which will reduce the 2.5 hour wallbox charging time to 40 minutes.

 Summer Best Buy – Smart ForFour EQ (Full electric Car) ‘Prime Premium’ Automatic  –  £1299 Advance Payment (£197 wpms)