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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0


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


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.

What owners say about this car

It was my first car and I absolutely loved it. It handled nicely and can be quite nippy off the... Read owner review

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

Looks small and cute from the outside but with the rear bench slid all the way back it has more... Read owner review

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