Smart Fortwo (2014–2019)

Model History

July 2014

Smart Fortwo revealed

The 2014 Smart ForTwo (model 453) set a new benchmark in turning circles: at 6.95 m (from kerb to kerb) and 7.30 m (from wall to wall) it makes turning manoeuvres extremely simple.

Advanced assistance systems which were previously the reserve of higher classes of vehicle, further enhance safety and comfort. These include Crosswind Assist (standard), forward collision warning (option) and Lane Keeping Assist (option).

Two state-of-the-art three-cylinder engines will be available for the new smart models at the market launch: the naturally aspirated engine generates 71PS from a capacity of 999cc. The engine's ample torque from an engine speed as low as 1000 rpm (maximum: 91Nm at 2850 rpm) enables particularly economical driving in high gears, even in urban traffic.

Top of the range is the turbo engine rated at 90PS. The 898cc engine mobilises maximum torque of 135Nm at 2500 rpm. The totally new turbocharger features an electronically controlled wastegate which enables increased engine dynamics in conjunction with a sustainable reduction in fuel consumption. Another distinguishing feature is the automatic start/stop system.

Apart from the turbocharger, a whole range of other technical measures also contributes to the engine's excellent fuel efficiency and performance. These include variable swirl control and variable adjustment of the inlet valves. Another defining trait of the all-aluminium three-cylinder engine is the square bore/stroke ratio. A few months after the market launch, a basic petrol engine rated at60PS will extend the range.

Both transmission variants are also new for smart: customers can choose between a five-speed manual transmission and the twinamic six-speed dual clutch transmission.

Three equipment lines (passion, prime and proxy) and a wealth of optional items, some of which were previously the reserve of higher segments, make every smart fortwo or smart forfour a unique gem in its own right. Even in the entry-level version, both models offer a comprehensive scope of safety and comfort features. These include LED daytime driving lights, central locking with radio remote control, visual locking-verification signal and immobiliser, cruise control with limiter (variable speed limitation), exterior temperature indicator with frost warning, instrument cluster with monochrome LCD display and trip computer and electric windows in the front.

The smart forfour essentially has the same elements as the smart fortwo. It is fitted with an upward-opening single-section tailgate, however, to enable convenient loading of the lower luggage compartment.

New, rich exterior colours and around 40 combination options between bodypanels and tridion cell boost the brand's upbeat image. New colours now available include moon white (matt), lava orange (metallic) and hazel brown (metallic), which can be applied to contrast with new colours for the tridion cell such as cool silver (metallic) or lava orange (metallic).

The dashboard and the door centre panels feature extensive fabric coverings in the three lines. This high-quality textile surface is very pleasant to the touch and is reminiscent of the mesh inserts in modern sports shoes. The mesh structure is a USP in this vehicle segment.

The highly robust tridion passenger cell is able to prevent major deformation even in very severe collisions, thus helping to protect the occupants' space. The fuel tank is located safely outside the deformation zone in front of the rear axle.

January 2016

Fortwo edition white and edition black launched

Prices start at £12,360 and based on the prime trim line (which includes features such as heated leather seats), the special-edition models add the Urban Style and the Premium packages as standard.

These include three-spoke sports steering wheel with perforated leather, brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs, 16-inch Y-spoke-alloy wheels in black, exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe, wheel-arch extensions with smart lettering, comfort package, rear parking assistance and smart media system including European satellite navigation. The fortwo special editions come with over £1500-worth of extra equipment – for only £895.

July 2016

Smart Fortwo Brabus Sport introduced

Smart has announced its latest updates to the range, including pricing for the new BRABUS sport line which is available from £13,810. The range now consists of the entry-level passion, followed by prime, prime sport and Brabus Sport.

The Fortwo coupe passion now comes with a fabric-covered roof, creating an even more striking look. At the other end of the range, the forfour night sky prime and prime sport models come with an electric fabric opening roof.

Prime models offer heated front seats; black leather upholstery with grey topstitching; dashboard instruments with clock and rev counter; sunglasses holders; and 15-inch five-spoke alloys painted black with a high sheen finish. prime sport adds a perforated leather sports steering wheel (with shift paddles on models equipped with the twinamic automatic transmission); sports suspension lowered by 10 mm; chrome exhaust finisher; and black 16-inch 8-Y-spoke alloy wheels.

Available only on models with the higher powered 90PS engine, the Brabus sport line includes matt grey 17-inch Brabus alloy wheels (the fortwo has 16/17-inch wheels (front/rear), Brabus front splitter and rear apron in black, Brabus stitching and logo on hand brake lever and gear shift, sports steering wheel and brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs. Prices start at £13,810.

The Premium equipment line (now £845) includes a height-adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, rear parking sensors, smart media system and Mirror Link. Premium Plus (not available on passion models) adds ambient lighting, LED head lights and tail lights, fog lamps with cornering function, and rear view camera. Premium Plus is available for £1,345.

Forfour models can now also be specified with a no-cost option cadmium red metallic radiator grille. Customers can also choose from black, white, silver, grey, or yellow for no extra cost. The twinamic six-speed DCT gearbox is available across the range for £995.

September 2016

Smart Fortwo Brabus launched

Prices for the new Smart Brabus range start at £16,320.

The Brabus range uses the existing turbo-charged 898cc engine, with an increased power output of 109PS up from 90PS. In keeping with its sportier engine and exterior, it also comes with Brabus Performance sports suspension with specially adapted ESP, sports power steering, and a twinamic dual-clutch transmission with race start function.

Based on the existing passion model, the Brabus models add significant styling updates including Brabus badging, a sports steering wheel, Brabus seats with dinamica inserts, handbrake and gear shift with Brabus logo, Brabus sports pedals, 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels. Passion models come generously equipped as standard, including the smart audio system; automatic climate control; and cruise control.

For £845 Brabus customers can add the Premium package which includes height adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel; heated and electrically operated door mirrors; rear parking sensors; and smart media system. The night sky option also adds a fabric folding sunroof for an additional £625 on smart forfour models only.

For an additional £3,170 customers can opt for the Brabus Xclusive model, which adds leather sports seats, a bi-fabric dashboard (leather and mesh), Brabus floor mat and Xclusive badging. Brabus Xclusive models come standard with the Premium Plus package (£1,345 on BRABUS models) which includes ambient lighting, rear view camera, automatic window wipers and lights, fog lamps with cornering function and a centre armrest.

May 2017

Smart Fortwo Pure launched

Priced from £9,995, the pure model line comes with a 1.0-litre petrol engine with an output of 71PS, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It has a top speed of 94mph, and emits just 97g/km of CO2 while achieving a combined fuel economy of 67.3mpg combined.

Standard equipment includes 15-inch wheels, electric windows, remote locking, smart audio system, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, height-adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat, black tridion cell and grille, black fabric upholstery and halogen headlamps with LED daytime running lamps. Automatic climate control is optionally available for £575.

June 2017

Smart Fortwo electric drive cabrio announced. Prime spec only, with satnav, etc. Priced from £16,420 after the £4,500 OLEV grant.

July 2017

Fortwo Disturbing London edition launch

Prices will start from £15,895. Based on the Brabus sport model line, the special edition features black paint with rose gold exterior and interior detailing. It comes with a 90PS turbocharged petrol engine and six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as standard.

What does a Smart Fortwo (2014 – 2019) cost?

Contract hire from £136.54 per month