Smart EQ Fortwo (2018) Review

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Smart EQ Fortwo (2018) At A Glance

4/5

+Affordable electric car. Very low running costs. Fun to drive around town.

-Two seats and a tiny boot. 70-mile range. Expensive compared to a petrol Smart Fortwo.

The Smart EQ Fortwo is an electric two-seater capable of covering just 70 miles between charges. Almost a polar opposite to the Mercedes-Benz EQC, the electric Smart is ideal for those who want to bimble around town with minimal running costs without the requirement for any great practicality.

A rival to the Renault Zoe and the Skoda Citigo-e iV, the EQ Fortwo starts at around £16,500 following the Government's plug-in car grant, making it considerably more expensive than a petrol-engined Smart Fortwo. It's more affordable than many electric cars though and will be extremely cheap to run. It's also exempt from the London congestion charge, while road tax is also free.

Unlike the Zoe, you buy the battery with the car - which means no monthly battery rental fees. Charging takes 2.5 hours using a standard 7kW home charger, which a 22kW fast charger will take it to 80 per cent in around 40 minutes.

You get the same funky looks as the standard Smart Fortwo, while buyers can choose from coupe or cabriolet versions. The latter is unique - there are no other electric convertibles on the market, meaning it's the ultimate choice for eco wind-in-your-hair motoring.

Inside, you'll find just two seats, and a tiny boot. It's a fairly basic yet quirky cabin, with everything logically laid out. The seats are comfortable enough and access is easy thanks to wide opening doors.

The EQ Fortwo is powered by an 82PS electric motor positioned in the rear of the car, driving the rear wheels. Instant torque (all 160Nm of it) means it will surge forward around town, taking 11.5 seconds to reach 62mph. It's really good fun in an urban environment, with good visibility and a tiny turning circle allowing you to dart in and out of traffic easily.

Top speed is limited to 80mph, although the electric Smart soon starts to feel out of its depth at higher speeds.

As one of the cheapest routes into an electric car, the Smart EQ Fortwo is a likeable choice. Its limited range will put off many buyers, as will its restricted practicality. But for its niche audience - urbanites who lives and work in the city - it's a strong choice.

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Are electric car prices increasing soon due to Brexit?
"We're looking at a Smart ForTwo EQ for a 25-mile daily commute in London (given rumblings about the congestion charge zone being extended). We've been quoted what seems like a good price (£14,400) for the base model with metallic paint. This obviously includes the £3000 government grant and includes free wall box installation. The dealer tells us that the £3000 grant will not be available beyond the end of the year, plus any factory orders in 2021 could be subject to a 10% import levy as a result of Brexit. Is this sales patter to get a quick sale?"
The grant for electric vehicles is gradually being reduced. The latest £3000 grant for fully-electric vehicles was introduced in March 2020 and, while the Office for Low Emission Vehicles hasn't provided a cut-off date for this grant, it has suggested that it won't be available forever. If the UK fails to secure a trade deal with the EU, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has warned that the price of EVs could be hiked by an average of £2800. So, while the dealer will be using these figures to encourage a quick sale, they're not entirely baseless.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What is the smallest EV car available?
"What is the smallest EV car available? Closest in size to a Hyundai i10 preferred."
The Smart EQ Fortwo and EQ Forfour are the smallest along with the Renault Zoe. Or there's the Volkswagen e-Up, SEAT Mii Electric or Skoda Citigo-e iV. There is also the new Honda E.
Answered by David Ross

What does a Smart EQ Fortwo (2018) cost?