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Smart ForTwo 52 kW Coupe (2008)

by Barry Green,reviewed May 2008

In crowded European cities, where parking bumper-to-bumper on the footpath is the norm, the new smart ForTwo would really come into its own.
But in urban Australia, the benefit of its tiny 2.69 metre length is not so redeemable.

In fact, the ForTwo’s vices outweigh its virtues.

Foremost among the latter is the automated manual five-speed gearbox, which is clunky and slow changing in the extreme.

The steering, while well weighted, is heavy at slower speeds and the ride is not as smooth as you might demand of a city car.

And you don’t expect dynamic handling from a design such as this, which is just as well.

But what you do get is a reasonable amount of active and passive safety gear, different styling and miserly fuel consumption, although our average of 7.5-litres/100 km was nowhere near the official ADR figure.

Where the little 999 cc coupe did surprise was on the motorway, cruising capably at 100 km/h at 3100 rpm, not much more than most other four-cylinder engines.

But overall, the ForTwo is more a case of smart by name, not so smart by nature.
Smart ForTwo 52kW Coupe 2008

For

Style statement, parking space, economy

Against

Clunky gearbox, harsh ride, slow steering, price

Car Details

Vehicle make smart
Vehicle model ForTwo 52 kW Coupe
Vehicle type Light Under $20,000
Year 2008
Price when new $19,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
4 out of 5 stars
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Engine 999 cc, dohc 4-cyl
Max power 52 kW @ 5800 rpm
Max torque 92 Nm @ 4500 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 16.3 sec
Braking from 80 km/h 25.3 m
Fuel type PULP
Economy ADR 4.4 litres/ 100 km
Emissions rating
5 out of 5 stars
CO2 Emissions 105 g/km

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.