Smart ForFour ED

Who’s It For?

The Smart ForFour ED is the all-electric, eco-friendly version of the popular city car. It’s smart, compact and will make perfect sense for city dwellers who want to go green.

The car has four seats, plenty of agility, smooth power delivery and a good amount of standard kit. Just like its conventional sibling, it’s a whole lot of fun, too.

Prices start out from £21,415, the car has an official range of 96 miles, and its electric motor develops 80bhp.

Smart Forfour Driving front parked

Electric Motor & Handling

The Smart ForFour ED’s natural habitat is the towns and cities, where its range of 96 miles is suited to short urban trips, such as the morning commute to work.

The brand have done a good job of mixing together electric power with the regular Smart ForFour’s savviness in urban sprawls.

Its 60kWh 80bhp electric motor makes light work of skipping away from traffic, and, when combined with 160Nm of torque, the car feels lively, fun, agile and nippy.

Power is delivered all at once, while the 0-62 sprint is covered in 12.7 seconds. The 0-37mph dash, meanwhile, is covered in 5.5 seconds, which highlights how well suited to urban settings the car is.

Its steering is light and responsive, while a tight turning circle of 9.05 metres makes the Smart ForFour ED easy to park.

Ride quality and overall composure are both better than last time. The car smooths over most lumps and bumps, but larger potholes will still be noticeable in the cabin.

The Cabin

With a cabin that’s easy on the eye, the Smart ForFour ED feels and looks a lot like an upmarket conventional car.

 

  • Quality – There is evidence of one or two harder plastics here and there, but the interior quality, on the whole, is high. Leather upholstery is standard, a 7” infotainment and navigation system impresses, while the switchgear is very well made.
  • Comfort – Heated front seats come as standard, as does leather upholstery. If comfort is a priority of yours, buyers are advised to avoid the optional 16” alloys and instead stick to the standard set of wheels. In which case, ride quality is good.
  • Insulation – Insulation is decent, but a winter pack that costs £500 comes with upgraded interior insulation that might be popular with buyers.
  • Space and Practicality – It’s not the most practical car in its class, and it seats just four people. Rear-seated passengers are fairly well accommodated, but taller adults will feel cramped on longer journeys.
  • Load Capacity – The boot measures 185-litres, which makes it ideal for shopping trips.

Costs

Price: £21,415 – £22,010

 

  • The Smart ForFour’s 41kWh battery pack has a range of 96 miles and emits zero CO2.
  • It’s exempt from the London Congestion Charge, road tax and has a BiK rating of 9%.
  • A full charge from 20% takes six hours if you use a standard power socket.
  • A 7kWh ChargeMaster HomeCharge unit is available for £350, and it lets you restore 80% of the battery in two and a half hours.
  • Cables for public charging and home charging are included in the purchase price.
  • Smart are planning to update the car to the 22kW standard later this year.

 

Need more information? Check out our full review of the Smart ForFour ED here, including comparisons with its closest rivals.  

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