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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Pretty cheap to run. Depreciation is slight and gets lower as the cars age. Small turbocharged engine gives around 55 mpg; insurance groups start at group 2, rising to a quite pricey group 8 for the Brabus. All models fall into the lowest road tax band.

City performs remarkably well on the eco front. With an average of 117 g/km CO2 across the model line-up, its emissions are impressively low for a mini coupe. It's worth noting that the line-up does not feature any diesel models, which typically produce less carbon dioxide than petrol engines with similar power outputs. The range is extremely frugal, averaging 58 mpg.

Although still a relatively new name in car making, smart is part of the Daimler-Chrysler empire, which includes Mercedes-Benz and Jeep. Build quality and engineering are both good and problems have been few and far between.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £970 - £1,098 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
0.7 (61bhp) Petrol,
0.7 Petrol
113 g/km (Min) £30
0.7 Petrol 127 g/km (Max) £125

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £160
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 7 - 17
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.