Smart Fortwo (2014 – 2019) Review

Smart Fortwo (2014 – 2019) At A Glance


+Huge improvement over previous Fortwo. Available with a manual gearbox as standard. All-new twin-clutch automatic. Cheap to run. Tiny turning circle.

-Bigger Smart Forfour isn't much more expensive. 71PS needs to be worked hard out of town.

Insurance Groups are between 3–11
On average it achieves 78% of the official MPG figure

The latest Smart Fortwo is just as impressive around town as its predecessor, with compact dimensions, perky performance and an incredibly tight turning circle – but it adds in a healthy dose of cute, quirky styling. For people who live in congested cities it is unbeatable – but it holds appeal for buyers out of town too.

Smart offers two three-cylinder petrol engines - a 71PS or a 90PS, both of which live in the back, under the boot floor. The less powerful engine is fine in 30mph and 40mph limits, but gets a bit out of breath at higher speeds and needs to be worked hard. It does have low emissions though, at 93g/km with official economy of 68.9mpg.

The compact dimensions obviously make the Fortwo ideal for urban environments, but if you specify the 90PS engine it’s perfectly at home on faster roads - and it’s just as cheap to run with official economy of 67.3mpg. Its short wheelbase and light weight mean it isn’t quite as planted at high speed as other small city cars, though.

In keeping with the trend for small hatchbacks the Fortwo is available with a host of customisation options. Buyers can mix up the colours of the bodywork and the ‘Tridion’ safety cell, plus there are various different interior upholstery colours on offer, so you can really make the Fortwo stand out.

If you don’t need rear seats the Fortwo is reasonably practical, despite its size. The tailgate splits for easy loading in tight spaces and has enough space for a weekly shop or a weekend away, but obviously there are only two seats, so isn’t much use for a family – but the Forfour looks just as good and offers more room.

There’s plenty to like about the Smart Fortwo. It’s characterful, cheap to run and perfect for urban environments – but it is also quite expensive. The cheapest model costs almost £11,000, which would get you a very well-equipped Volkswagen Up. Nonetheless, if you want something unique and you live in a city the Fortwo is easy to recommend. 

Smart Forfour Electric Drive 2017 Road Test

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive cabrio 2017 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Smart Fortwo (2014 – 2019)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

38–66 mpg

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I think my car has been given a fraudulent MoT - what should I do?

"I bought a used Smart Fortwo in February. I had intended to place the car into storage for a few weeks around 30 miles away. During the drive, I noticed a pretty horrendous metal grinding noise coming from the rear brakes. I investigated the MoT history, and found that they had originally attempted to MoT the vehicle on the 13th, and it had failed. Rear brake performance being one of the reasons for failure. A second MoT was conducted two days later just prior to me picking the car up and it passed with no advisories. I took the car for a second opinion at a reputable local MoT testing station who performed a brake check. The car is in a dangerous condition and the all round brake performance isn't fit for an MoT. It appears that none of the remedial work has been carried out. The two MoTs were conducted at the same testing station by two seperate testers. A check on companies house shows that the two companies involved are connected to one another. Obviously, I plan to reject the car but I also want to make sure that the relevant authorities are notified of this potential fraud. Whom should I contact? I'd appreciate any help and advice you could provide."
There are a few options here. We think rejecting the car is the right thing to do, but also we would suggest reporting the testing station to Trading Standards, as it would appear that the car should not have been passed in its current state. You also have the option to pursue personal legal proceedings against the MoT testing station, or you could report them to the police, but we would suggest starting with Trading Standards. You can read more about how to proceed with these options on the website.
Answered by David Ross

What small car has a tight turning circle?

"I have a very small parking space in front of my house and need a small car that can turn tightly and is automatic. What do you suggest? "
Can you charge a car in your parking space? If so, the electric Smart EQ Fortwo could be a good choice – its compact dimensions and tiny turning circle make it ideal for London driving. Alternatively, consider a used petrol Smart Fortwo or Renault Twingo – with their rear-mounted engines, the front wheels can turn 45-degrees, giving them a very tight turning circle.
Answered by Andrew Brady

We only do 1000 miles a year - what small electric car do you recommend?

"What small electric car do you recommend for me and my wife? We only do 1000 miles per year."
A Renault Zoe is one of the most affordable electric cars. You have to hire the battery separately, though, so it might not be as cheap as you'd think. The Smart EQ ForTwo could be a good option if you don't need much practicality and don't travel very far.
Answered by Andrew Brady

Our electric Smart doesn't reach the claimed range - what can we do?

"Smart provides a range figure of 99 miles for its Smart EQ. In the two weeks we have had ours, we have never had an indicated range of more than 72 miles and in reality, less. Temperatures have been moderate - between 12 and 18 degrees C, and we have been careful to minimise electric consumption from functions within the car. I would be grateful for any insights you might have and also whether we have a case to complain to Smart?"
Depends on the wording. If it says "range up to 99 miles", nothing much you can do. If it says "range of 99 miles" then you can return the car for a full refund because it does not have the promised range. Shame, because they are huge fun to drive in town traffic: and ForFour here, where the range was criticised: Your rights here:
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