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Smart Forfour (2004–2006)

Last updated 30 July 2018

 
3
Funky-looking, versatile hatch with plenty of safety kit. Manual versions drive well. Four stars for the diesels, by far the best in the line-up.
Slow gearshifts with the semi-auto. Not all second-hand ones will have a three-point seatbelt for the middle rear seat. Could have been a contender but arrived two years too late.
Updated 14 February 2017

Report of actuator astarting to fail on Smart ForFour automated manual. W hen the car is at idle and in A, if driver presses lightly on the accelerator it seems to jump in and out of gear. Same happens...

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Introduction

Why do all small cars have to be so boringly the same?

Polo, Fiesta, Yaris, Mazda 2, Clio, 206. Theyve all got an engine in the front and three or five doors. And theyre all basically boxes. The only exception is the Honda Jazz which is very clever inside, but still a five-door box outside.

This huge chunk of the car market badly needed shaking up. And heres the car to do it. The first sensibly priced five-door hatchback that screams fun, fun, fun.

The smart forfour isnt a single car. Its a proper range with five different engines to choose from, two different gearboxes and a simple yet clever interior.

Actually its forfive because there are five proper three point seatbelts in there and plenty of room for three big bums across the back seat. This slides backwards and forwards, Yaris-like, by about six inches, which is enough to give limo-like legroom at the expense of the shopping bags in the back. But theres still plenty of room, with a luggage capacity slightly better than cars like the new Fiesta. Unlike the Yaris, the seats also bi-fold to leave a big, fairly flat floor and up to 910 litres of luggage space up to window level.

Smart ForFour 2003

Smart ForFour 2004 Road Test

 

Owners' reviews

5
Brilliant,reliable ,cheap to run,unusual looking
List Price from £12,710
Buy new from £10,498
Contract hire from £127.90 per month
 

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