Parkers overall rating: 3.3 out of 5 3.3
  • Only one option to choose from
  • Quick off the mark
  • Not the most comfortable option

Power comes from a 41kW electric motor and a 17.6kWh, 96-cell lithium-ion battery which can lob 84hp and 160Nm at the rear wheels, and give a range of about 70 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?

  • Ride quality is punishing in town
  • Maybe try avoiding speed humps
  • It's fun in a low-speed way

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

The steering does exactly what it says on the tin; hardly involving, but light enough to guarantee no struggle for even the feeblest of bingo wings. And cornering, allied to a trace of body roll, is sufficiently grippy for the needs of most customers. The brakes meanwhile, are sharp at the pedal and they'll have your passenger retrieving their tonsils from the glovebox at every set of lights.