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Brand New Smart Fortwo Coupe 1.0 Passion 2dr

Available at Business Sales Cars branches
£630 deposit + VAT
£105 per month+ VAT

This vehicle may have been advertised at the higher price for less than 28 days, but for a minimum of 10 days.

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth interface for hands free telephoneBreakdown kit
Crosswind AssistCruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter
Instrument cluster with displayOn board computer
Outside temperature displayService interval indicator
Smartphone cradleSpeed sensitive variable PAS

Entertainment

2 speakersSmart audio system with aux/USB interface

Exterior Features

Aspherically curved door mirror glassBody coloured bumpers
Driving mirrors in tridion colourElectric front windows
Heated rear window with timerLED daytime running lights
Rear spoilerRear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
White side indicators 

Interior Features

12V Accessory socket2 cupholders
3 Spoke leather multi function steering wheelAutomatic climate control
Centre console storage trayCloth upholstery
Front door storage binsFront head restraints
Front seatback pocketsIsofix child seat attachment
Leather gear knobLoad lashing points
Lockable gloveboxLuggage compartment cover
Luggage compartment lightingMatt Chrome interior door handles
Reading lightsStorage compartment in tailgate
Sunglasses holderSunvisors with vanity mirrors
Through load facility 

Safety

3 point seatbeltsABS with Brake Assist
Crash sensor (auto switch - on of hazard warning lights/interior lighting)Driver and passenger airbags
Drivers knee airbagESP + Hill Start Assist
Front side airbags(head+thorax)Seat belt force limiter
Seat belt tensionersSeatbelt warning
Tyre pressure monitoring system 

Security

Automatic door lockingFolding key
ImmobiliserRemote central locking

Wheels

15" 8 spoke alloy wheels painted in silverTyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO0.317CO2 (g/km)93
HC0.029Noise Level dB(A)71
NOx0.006Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC999Compression Ratio10.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)72.2Cylinders - Stroke (mm)81.3
Engine LayoutREAR TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryINJECTION
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves12
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)68.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)76.4EC Urban (mpg)57.7

General

Badge Engine CC1.0Badge Power71
Coin SeriesPassionInsurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 073E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years2
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %82NCAP Child Occupant Protection %80
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 094NCAP Pedestrian Protection %56
NCAP Safety Assist %56Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage12500Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years2Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)14.4Engine Power - BHP71
Engine Power - KW52Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6000Engine Torque - LBS.FT67
Engine Torque - MKG9.3Engine Torque - NM91
Engine Torque - RPM2850Top Speed94

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front165/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear185/60 R15Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style8 SPOKEWheel Type15" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1555Length2695
Wheelbase1873Width1663
Width (including mirrors)1893 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)35Gross Vehicle Weight1150
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)350Max. Loading Weight270
Minimum Kerbweight880No. of Seats2
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb6.95
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Smart Fortwo

The smart fortwo is different in third generation form - yet somehow still much the same. Jonathan Crouch drives the enticing entry-level 1.0-litre 71bhp variant.

Ten Second Review

The smart fortwo is back, slicker and better engineered than ever. You get to choose between fixed-top and cabrio bodystyles and between a normally aspirated 71bhp engine or a turbocharged 90bhp unit and there's something to be said for both of them. We tried the lesser powerplant in a fixed-tp model - still not cheap, but then, this is a car that's going to sell on style. This time round though, there's substance to back it up.

Background

Maybe it's the fact that the smart fortwo and its predecessor, the city coupe, have been with us since 1998 or maybe it's due to the fact that the market for citycars has boomed with new entrants, but it's easy to overlook quite what an enormous step smart took introducing this two-seater back in the last century. Think about it. What other car in the last, say, thirty years has changed the form factor from the existing shape quite as radically as this fortwo? I can't think of one. The car we have here, the latest fortwo in base 71bhp 1.0-litre petrol fixed-top guise, shares the original's rear-mid engined layout and two seater layout, and many of the styling signatures have a clear form line. Where this car is massively different is in the way it drives and we'll get into that a bit later. Suffice to say, if the last experience you had with a Smart was with one of those wheezy old cars with their jerky automatic gearchanges, perhaps you owe it to yourself to try one of these new cars.

Driving Experience

For most people, the leisurely 999cc 71bhp powerplant we tried will be enough for fortwo ownership. If I were choosing a car purely for city driving and wasn't too fussed about underscoring my 'man credentials' at every set of traffic lights, I'd be tempted. In case you were wondering just how slow it is - and you are, aren't you? - it'll get to 62mph in 14.4 seconds. I think there are glaciers that are quicker than that and I'd reckon that it'd be a bit white-knuckle duking it out with fast-flowing motorway traffic. The biggest improvement to this car over the old smarts remains the transmission. Gone is the vile robotised manual change that had your head jerking about like a Thunderbird puppet with each gearchange. In its place comes a choice between a five-speed manual box with the hideously-titled 'twinamic' six-speed twin-clutch automatic also available. As ever, this car has an unprecedentedly small turning circle. It's just 6.95 metres, partly because there are no driveshafts going to the front wheels, so they can be angled right out to 45 degrees. That's really handy when you spot a parking space on the other side of the road and need to dive in quick smart.

Design and Build

When I first saw pictures of this third-generation smart fortwo, and I'm not going to pull any punches here, I thought it was awful. All of the appealing cuteness of the original version seemed to have been lost. That impression changed the moment I got to have a walk round this car. The fortwo is one of those cars that doesn't seem to photograph very well but which has lots of interesting angles and intriguing details that gel really well in real life. If anything, the design changes have made it look even smaller than ever, the chunkier styling giving it a hall-of-mirrors beefiness that shouldn't work but does. Both fixed-top and cabrio versions are available: we tried the former. The virtually non-existent overhangs at the front and rear and the 100 mm wider track creates that pugnacious stance. As before, the colour contrast between tridion cell and body panels is another characteristic feature of the smart brand. In profile there's a much bigger angle between bonnet and windscreen on this one than on previous fortwo designs - smart calls this a "one-and-a-half box" design as a result.

Market and Model

As estate agents will always insist, size isn't any great indicator of price, and so it proves here. The fortwo range opens at just over £11,000 on the road for the 71bhp version we tried and is offered in three main trim levels, passion, prime and proxy. We tried the fixed-top model but smart has also developed a pretty cabriolet bodystyle you can ask your dealer about. The passion models get 15" 8-spoke alloy wheels painted in silver, and automatic climate control and the Smart Audio-System. This gets a 3.5-inch colour screen, AUX and USB interface, Bluetooth streaming and hands-free phone, and you can also Bluetooth to the smart cross connect app for iOS and Android. A word on smart's 'cross connect' app that comes with ownership, something the brand is very proud of. Its big drawcard is what it calls community parking. Owners simply download the app to their mobiles, attach said phone to the adjustable cradle and Bluetooth it all up. Once Cross Connect is fired up, drivers simply swipe to the community menu and let the app discover the closest available parking spaces, many of which are only suitable for the minuscule dimensions of the Smart Fortwo. It seems that Smart reckons that we'd want to share this information. Am I just being extraordinarily selfish, or would you rather keep the location of a valued parking spot to yourself? Yep, thought so.

Cost of Ownership

Owners won't have to pay too much to keep a fortwo on the road. The normally-aspirated manual car I tried returns 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and 57.7mpg in town, with emissions pegged at 93g/km. Those figures are for cars with the manual gearbox but don't vary much if, as I would, you opt for the twin-clutch auto transmission. The manual car comes as standard with stop/start although you need to put the gearbox into neutral and have your foot on the brake to kill the engine in stationary traffic. If nothing else, it'll encourage you not to ride the clutch. Anything else to consider? Residual values will stack up quite well and upon purchase, you get a year's free international smart road assistance service offering breakdown assistance in emergencies. This can be renewed annually following a service with your local Smart Retailer. The three-year unlimited mileage warranty is better than most and there's Smart Service Care, a service plan designed to take care of your servicing costs for the first two, three or four services. It only comes to only about £15 a month, which seems a bit of a no-brainer to me. You might well spend that yourself on having the thing regularly valeted.

Summary

In order to come up with a fair analysis on this MK3 model smart fortwo, it's worth reminding ourselves what this car is not. It's not sporty. It's not quick. It's not notably spacious and if you're a tightwad, you're not going to find it particularly cheap. It is, and has been since 1998, the quintessential citycar. It's supremely space-efficient, it's easy to park, easy to see out of, rugged enough to shake off abuse, doesn't cost much to run, looks good and drives well, in the urban landscape at least. Everything that smart really needed to improve, they have. Of course, there will be those for whom the lack of rear seats and modest luggage capacity will be red-liners, and those who want a car with longer legs or punchier handling abilities aren't going to rate the fortwo either. So it's a bit of a niche object, but then that was always the case. For the few floating voters who tried the old car but didn't feel that it was executed slickly enough, it's time to give the fortwo another go. I reckon you might like this one.

Performance
40%
Handling
60%
Comfort
70%
Space
40%
Styling
80%
Build
80%
Value
20%
Equipment
70%
Economy
100%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
100%

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Monthly payment£105
Deposit£630
Term (months)36
Contract mileage21000
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