Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Most spacious of the Smart family
  • Rear doors open to almost 90 degrees
  • Flat boot floor when seats folded over

There are some clever touches making the Smart Forfour’s practicality better than a lot of cars in its class.

The primary feature in this respect is the rear door opening. They both open to 85 degrees, which really helps access the back seats, particularly useful if you’re trying to slot a wriggling toddler into a child seat.

What matters more than the Smart’s dimensions is the agility in town. A rear engine layout means there’s plenty of space for the front wheels to steer. Combined with minimal overhangs and an upright driving position for good visibility, and you have a car that you can thread through the fabric of any city.

It’s only 10-15cm shorter than many superminis, though, and you may prefer the comfort and practicality benefits of a larger car.

Having the engine under the boot floor does limit space somewhat, but less than you’d expect. There’s a minimal lip to the boot, and a flat, upright space with minimal intrusion; the rigid parcel shelf can also be quickly removed. Most people will find the boot floor a very convenient height for loading.

You can fold the seat backs down in a 50:50 split, and folding both down you’re left with a flat floor from the boot lip to the back of the front seats. This means 975 litres of storage space. It’s also possible to flip the seat bases over to use the rear passenger area for bulky items, and the front seat back can be folded fully forward for long loads.

In between the two rear seats there’s a storage box with two cup holders, but this can be removed with a simple pull if not required.

There are cup-holders in the front too, and a pull out drawer in the centre console along with a rather small glovebox.

Electric drive models lose a small amount of bootspace to a pouch that carries the charging cables; you won’t want to leave home without them.

Safety

  • Four-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating
  • Autonomous emergency braking not available
  • Raft of other safety kit as standard

There’s a huge amount of equipment installed to ensure Smart Forfour safety levels are as high as they can be, but there are some notable exceptions.

You’ve got five airbags up front, but none in the rear, although on the positive side you’ll appreciate the standard-fit alarm and immobiliser, a breakdown kit, central locking, crosswind assist (which stops the car being blown off-course by gusts of wind), cruise control, hill-start assist and ISOFIX child seat points on the rear seats.

The Forfour doesn’t feature any sort of low-speed automatic braking, though. This is a pity, because many other cars in the sector have it, and it affected how the Smart performed in Euro NCAP crash tests, with a four-star result; one behind the coveted five-star score of the Volkswagen Up and its SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo stablemates.

The Electric Drive model uses a radar for regenerative braking mode, but does not go as far as providing adaptive cruise control or autonomous emergency braking, only warnings.

Choosing Prime, Prime Sport or Brabus models nets you lane-keeping assist, which warns visually and acoustically if you’re drifting out of your lane unintentionally.

The Premium package gets rear parking sensors, and the Premium Plus package gets you a reversing camera, automatic lights and rain-sensing wipers.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Smart Forfour (15-19).

  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Black Edition optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Front fog lights

Brabus equipment

Brabus standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
Brabus optional equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Brabus Sport equipment

Brabus Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
Brabus Sport optional equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Disturbing London Edition equipment

Disturbing London Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Disturbing London Edition optional equipment
  • Front fog lights

Edition 1 equipment

Edition 1 standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Edition 1 optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

Passion equipment

Passion standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
Passion optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Prime equipment

Prime standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
Prime optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Prime Sport equipment

Prime Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
Prime Sport optional equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Proxy equipment

Proxy standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
Proxy optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Pure equipment

Pure standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Pure optional equipment
None available

Urban Shadow Edition equipment

Urban Shadow Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Urban Shadow Edition optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows

White Edition equipment

White Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
White Edition optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Front fog lights

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Smart Forfour (15-19) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2014 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2014
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 78%
Child Occupant: 77%
Vulnerable Road Users: 65%
Safety Assist: 56%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.