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By Car & Driving
Added 16th October, 2015
, updated 7th February, 2020
The smart fortwo cabrio has a cult following and is now offered only in all-electric EQ form. Jonathan Crouch drives it.
The vast amount of customisation options means that it could well be tough to find a forfour in the exact trim/engine/colour combination you had in mind. If you're prepared to be a little more flexible, there's a lot going for a used forfour. Our pick would be an early 1.5-litre petrol or either of the diesels.
This car represents a clever idea, cleverly executed. If you like the wind in your hair, you drive your car mainly over short distances or in town and space is not especially important, then you'll likely find the fortwo cabrio to be an endearing little thing. There are very few cars that can offer open-top motoring with such low running costs too.
With early MK2 models so cheap, you could easily buy and run one on a shoestring budget, opening up the possibility of this smart being an appealing second or third car. For urban bound folk on a budget, it'll be an appealing option.
You'll be stared at. Some disbelievers will even struggle to suppress a snigger, especially when overtaken on the motorway by a Smart. If you tread carefully and take a look at a few before you buy, purchasing a used Smart can be the best way possible to have the last laugh. It makes a Fiat Seicento, Ford Ka or SEAT Arosa seem so twentieth century.
It took a while but motorists gradually started to come round to Smart's way of thinking. Smart's problem was that rival manufacturers did too. The ForTwo once stood virtually alone as a city car that adhered strictly to the principles of compact size, light weight, maximum fuel economy and a trendy urban cool image. By the time the second generation came along, you couldn't move at the motorshows for dinky vehicles from rival manufacturers trying to annex a slice of Smart's territory. To date, however, the ForTwo remains arguably the purest exponent of the genre. Whether its reluctance to bend its own rules will give it an edge in the small car future remains to be seen but used buyers seeking chic urban transport for two could do a lot worse.
smart is making electric mobility more attractive and proof is found in the form of this fortwo EQ electric drive citycar. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.
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