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3.5 out of 5 3.5
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Smart Fortwo Coupe (07-14) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £6,905 - £20,395
Used price £690 - £7,925
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £0 - £125
Insurance group 2 - 13 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Great around town, stylish looks, fits into the smallest of spaces, cheap to run, amazingly frugal diesel available

CONS

Sluggish automatic gearbox, shallow boot, inert steering

Smart Fortwo Coupe rivals

Toyota
IQ
4 out of 5 4.0
Mitsubishi
i
3.5 out of 5 3.5

Written by David Ross on

Thanks to its characteristic shape and diminutive size, the Smart Fortwo is instantly recognisable. This is the second generation model, but the styling is a gentle evolution of the first with the more angular headlights the most notable change.

As before, it's great fun to drive in town and very nippy away from the lights, while it's still possible to park in nose first into parallel spaces thanks to an overall length of little more than 2.5 metres. It's certainly more comfortable than before with a better quality interior, but the ride is still very hard and the automatic-only gearbox has very laboured shifts, which quickly becomes frustrating on open roads.

On the plus side, it's a very cheap car to run with low road tax and a range of economical engines. There's even a diesel version which is free to tax and can average an incredible 86mpg.

Smart Fortwo Coupe rivals

Toyota
IQ
4 out of 5 4.0
Mitsubishi
i
3.5 out of 5 3.5

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