With its chic exterior, dextrous handling, low running costs, and of course its all-important 5 doors, the smart forfour is more than a match for its city car rivals.
That’s not to mention its premium build quality and abundance of advanced driver-convenience technology.
The new smart forfour can be discovered at smart of Southend, smart of Ipswich and smart of Lakeside.
A wide mesh grille with prominent headlights and a powerful shoulder line, in addition to 15" or 16" alloy wheels, give the smart forfour a road presence far beyond its compact dimensions.
At 3495mm long, 1665mm wide and with a turning circle of 8.65 metres, the car is ideal for all the challenges of urban driving – fitting into the last parking place on a residential road or packed car park, passing other vehicles in narrow streets, or making a U-turn to avoid a traffic jam.
Wide-opening rear doors also allow easy entry and egress for all four occupants.An elegant dashboard and user-friendly instruments contribute to the premium feel of the cabin, which provides more than sufficient headroom and legroom for four adult passengers.
Stylish and supportive two-tone fabric seats (or leather on “Prime" and “Proxy" trims), as well as air conditioning and climate control, keep occupants refreshed even on lengthy trips.
Copious active safety measures keep the smart forfour safe and stable in all circumstances. ABS brakes and an Electronic Stability Programme make it difficult to lose control of the vehicle, even during extreme manoeuvres.
Brake Assist, meanwhile, adds extra stopping power when you depress the brake pedal sharply.
Crosswind Assist, meanwhile, keeps the lightweight forfour from being blown off course in windy conditions.
“Prime" and “Proxy" specifications feature Lane Keeping Assist, which sounds a warning when the car appears to be drifting out of the correct lane on motorways and main roads.
If an accident should occur, the vehicle's tridion safety cell forms a reinforced barrier between the occupants and the impact.
This protective measure is supplemented by front and side airbags for the driver and passengers, along with a driver's knee bag.
The forfour's rear-wheel drive layout and precise steering feedback make it an immensely fun vehicle to drive, as well as a practical one. It is powered by a 1.0 litre, three-cylinder petrol engine with 71hp, linked to a smooth and responsive five-speed manual transmission.
Carbon emissions of 97g/km put it below the minimum threshold for Vehicle Excise Duty and the London congestion charge, whilst running costs are driven down even further by combined fuel economy of 67.3mpg and urban fuel economy of 58.9mpg.
The well-equipped interior's standard driver-convenience highlights include an onboard computer displaying essential information on a 3.5" TFT screen, as well as a smart-Audio-System with USB, AUX and Bluetooth® connectivity.
The optional Premium Pack gives buyers a touchscreen satellite navigation system and rear parking sensors, whilst Premium Plus adds ambient lighting, a rear view camera, “follow-me-home" lights, and automatic windscreen wipers.
|Vehicle length||3495 mm / 137.6 in|
|Vehicle width||1665 mm / 65.6 in|
|Vehicle height||(unladen) 1555 mm / 61.2 in|
|Wheelbase||2494 mm / 98.2 in|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||975 kg / 2150 lb|
|Engine / Cylinders||1.0-litre/3|
Engine Capacity||999 cc|
|Max Torque||91 nm @ 2850 rpm|
|Max Power||52 kW @ 6000 rpm|
|Top Speed||94 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 15.9 sec|
|Combined cycle||67.3 mpg|
|Urban cycle||58.9 mpg|