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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Smart Forfour (15-19) review.

Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Smart Forfour (04-06) - rated 3 out of 5
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PROS

Neat styling, unique cabin design, performance Brabus version available, decent cdi diesel

CONS

Few around on the second hand market, sluggish automatic gearbox, some lacklustre engines

At a glance

New price £7,290 - £17,195
Used price £410 - £2,285
Fuel economy 41 - 64 mpg
Road tax cost £30 - £200
Insurance group 7 - 32 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Neat styling, unique cabin design, performance Brabus version available, decent cdi diesel

CONS

Few around on the second hand market, sluggish automatic gearbox, some lacklustre engines

Smart Forfour rivals

Mitsubishi
Colt
3 out of 5 3.0

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.

Smart Forfour rivals

Mitsubishi
Colt
3 out of 5 3.0