Smart Forfour (04-06) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 30 Jun 2014
3
The Forfour is the only model from Smart with more than two seats, making it a realistic choice as a small family car. The five-door hatch has a similarly youthful feel to the compact Fortwo helped by bold styling both inside and out.

Smart Forfour (04-06)
Neat styling, unique cabin design, performance Brabus version available, decent cdi diesel
Few around on the second hand market, sluggish automatic gearbox, some lacklustre engines

New price range:

£7,290 - £17,195

Used price range:

£1,135 - £3,685

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

The Forfour is the only model from Smart with more than two seats, making it a realistic choice as a small family car. The five-door hatch has a similarly youthful feel to the compact Fortwo helped by bold styling both inside and out. If you're after something that stands out then it's a good choice. There's decent space for those travelling in the back and it's cheap to run too with a range of economical engines. It was never a big seller and Smart dropped it after only two years on sale, so finding one can be a problem as it's not a common sight on the used market. The base-level models are quite sparse inside and the smaller engines can be hard work, but the cdi diesels offer better performance while there's also a high performance Brabus version.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

2.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying used

2 out of 5

Selling

1.5 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 The seating is great as you can have a large boot and little leg room in the back or lots of leg room and a small boot.  

5 out of 5

Jayne Aldridge ,   31 Mar 2014    ... read more

 Looks small and cute from the outside but with the rear bench slid all the way back it has more legroom than an E-Class!  

5 out of 5

M Khan ,   08 Apr 2013    ... read more

 Having rear doors and all the adjustments to get a comfortable driving position.  

3 out of 5

Simon Smith ,   04 Mar 2013    ... read more

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