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Smart EQ Fortwo engines, drive and performance

2018 onwards (change model)

Written by Keith Adams Published: 3 November 2020 Updated: 3 November 2020

  • Only one option to choose from
  • Quick off the mark in cities
  • Not the most comfortable option

Power comes from a 41kW electric motor and a 17.6kWh, 96-cell lithium-ion battery which develops 84hp and 160Nm through the rear wheels, and gives a range of 74-82 miles miles. Recharging from 10 to 80% takes less than 40 minutes using a rapid charger, or three hours and 18 minutes using a home wallbox.

The EQ surges off the line with sufficient punch to please city dwellers, a quoted 0-37mph dash of 4.8 seconds being rather more relevant than the 11.6 seconds required to reach 62mph, and entirely more so than the rest-of-your-life required to struggle on to an 81mph maximum speed.

Smart EQ Fortwo (2020) driving

How does it handle?

  • It corners on rails
  • Steering is light and accurate
  • It’s fun in a low-speed way

The ride is a little firm and can prove pretty tough on typically potholed UK roads, and the ultra-short wheelbase can make the hurdling of the larger sleeping policeman something of an adventure: surely cars designed for cities should major in comfort?

The steering does exactly what it says on the tin; hardly involving, but is exceptionally light. And cornering is sufficiently grippy for the needs of most customers with a near absence of bodyroll. The brakes meanwhile, are sharp at the pedal and inspire plenty of confidence.