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SMART FORFOUR ELECTRIC HATCHBACK

60kW EQ Exclusive 17kWh 5dr Auto [22kWch]

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Review

smart's all-electric EQ formula also includes its five-door forfour model. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Background

The advantages of all-electric cars are well documented, but they can be expensive to buy. That's been part of the enduring appeal of smart's fortwo EQ model which, after government grants, can be yours for just under £17,000. It only has two seats though, which for some urban folk will be unreasonably restrictive. These people may well like the idea of being able to get a five-door 'forfour' version of the same car for less than £500 more. Smart is banking on that anyway. The brand has been offering battery-powered models for a decade now and here, it's delivered its most sophisticated technology yet.

Driving Experience

Around town, this smart's driving characteristics are agile and lively, aided by an ultra-small turning circle. And on the open road? Well how does the thought of 0-60 in 4.8 seconds grab you? Okay, it's 60km/h but, thanks to 160Nm of torque in something this light, it's still respectably quick. 0-62mph takes 11.5s on the way to 81mph flat out. It's certainly brisk enough to be able to sidestep the brake pedal and catapult the little forfour off the line. That it does so without anything in the way of engine noise is even more impressive, the merest whirr of the uprated 60kW (82hp) electric motor accompanying a scarcely perceptible whine from the one-speed transmission. It's all very serene and makes city driving rather stress free. On the highway, you can theoretically reach an 81mph maximum, but this does rather chew the battery's range which, when driven a bit more sedately, can be eked out to up to 100 miles. An indicator on the dashboard lets you know how efficiently you're driving. Needless to say, you'll be tempted to gun it everywhere. It's too much fun not to. With all of the batteries mounted in the sandwich floor, the forfour electric drive has an admirably low centre of gravity and probably corners better than its petrol sibling. The lithium-ion battery's underfloor position is both thermally stable and good for crash protection.

Design and Build

No practical compromises have been made with this forfour model to incorporate the electric drive layout, so the recipe is much as it was in the (now discontinued) petrol version of this car. The forfour really does look like a smart fortwo that's been photoshopped into something longer and shares the smaller car's pug-like front end and the hallmark tridion safety cell. There's a lot of shape in the flanks, from the swage lines near the door handles to the almost Volvo-like shoulder line that's most apparent as it melds into the rear light cluster. Look down and there's a genuine concavity to the lower door panels, smart going a bit further than sticking a curved detail on there as you'd get on a Renault Clio or Captur. The cabin features as many quirky touches as you can stomach and it's good to see smart pushing the boat out a bit with colours and textures, including a technical mesh finish. At the price charged, this should be a car that feels premium and different to the usual citycar norm. It's still not huge inside, and the boot measures a mean 180-litres. The good news is that the rear doors open to 85 degrees (which makes getting in the back simple) and the rear seats fold completely flat, offering up to 975-litres of space.

Market and Model

There are three trim levels on offer to smart forfour EQ customers - 'passion advanced', 'pulse premium' and 'prime exclusive'. The base 'passion advanced' version costs from just over £19,535, once the government's £1,500 Plug-in car grant is taken into account. That puts this smart against tough competition. An all-electric Renault ZOE would cost not much more - and would give you more interior space - but obviously, it wouldn't be as small and nippy as this fortwo. Smart also offers two-door fortwo coupe and fortwo cabrio variants with the same battery powertrain. With the "smart control" app that comes with the car, lots of electric drive information can be accessed via smartphone, tablet or PC and functions such as pre-entry climate control or intelligent charging can be conveniently controlled remotely. Two programmable departure times can be entered in, meaning that intelligent charging and pre-entry climate control do not always need to be re-set for frequent journeys. Options include a 'winter package' with a heated steering wheel and the 'electric drive design' package that gives the vehicle an expressive look with tridion safety cell and door mirror caps painted in exclusive electric green. Were I a purchaser, I'd want to talk to my smart retailer about the cost of adding a wall charging box at home to decrease the total charging time from seven to six hours.

Cost of Ownership

Once you've found the upfront list price of this car, the savings just keep coming. So there are no road tax charges to pay, no congestion charges, no bridge tolls, very low maintenance costs, tiny company car tax levies and only the cost of your electricity to pay, variable of course based on your supplier and the time of day you charge. To give you some idea here, smart reckons that owners will be shelling out an average of between £1.60 to £2.40 in electricity charges every sixty miles or so, meaning that 6,000 miles would cost you only around £250 in 'fuel'. And, as long as you're buying your electricity from a renewable source, a warm and fuzzy green conscience comes as part of the deal. There's a three year warranty as standard, which you can extend to five years if you wish. This model now has a powerful 22kW on-board charger as standard, which has made possible a quick charging time of less than 40 minutes (from 10-80% charge). With the "smart control" app, the charging process can be conveniently monitored remotely, the app also including many more functions such as intelligent charging.

Summary

We quite like the idea of the smart fortwo EQ model, but we can't really see why you would buy one when this five-door forfour variant costs just £500 more and gives you so many more ownership options. Either way, you get a charming piece of technology that works extremely well, drives nicely and seems a perfect technological fit. In some ways, it's more convincing than a rival Renault ZOE at doing the citycar thing and makes vehicles like the Peugeot e208 and the Vauxhall Corsa-e look rather over-priced, though it can't match the operating range of models like that. If you only need a car for short town trips, that may not matter. A wider network of recharging points in car parks and service stations would be needed for vehicles like this smart forfour EQ model to really take off. That and further incentives to make electric cars more attractive to consumers. This smart appears to have the basics just about right though, and in urban areas particularly, it makes real sense.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Top Speed
Top Speed81mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 22kW onboard charger with rapid charging function
  • Acoustic presence indicator
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter
  • Electric power steering
  • Exterior temperature indicator with frost warning
  • Instrument cluster with multifunctional 3.5 inch colour TFT display and on board computer
  • Instrument display with battery charge status display and power display
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Rear Park assist with acoustic warning and reversing camera

Entertainment

  • smart Media-System - 9" multi touch display, Bluetooth audio streaming/hands-free, Android Auto/Apple Car Play, DAB Radio, AUX/USB interface
  • Universal pre-installation for smart accessories

Exterior Features

  • 85 degree opening rear doors
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour radiator grille
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Comfort front windscreen wiper with intermittent wiper control and automatic wipe/wash function
  • Dark tinted heat insulated glass
  • Door mirror with aspherically curved mirror glass on the driver's side
  • Driving mirrors in tridion colour
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Front fog lamps with cornering function
  • Full LED headlamp with main and dipped beam plus integral indicator/daytime running lights
  • Heated rear window
  • Lockable service cover
  • Manual headlamp range adjustment
  • Panoramic glass roof with sunblind
  • Power windows with convenience opening and closing
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Rear window wiper with intermittent wiper control and automatic wipe/wash function
  • Roof antenna
  • Third brake light featuring LED technology
  • White side indicators

Interior Features

  • 12V socket with cover in centre console
  • 2 rear head restraints
  • 3 spoke leather multifunction steering wheel with anthracite bezel and grey double stitching
  • Ambient lighting with indirect illumination of the front doors, foot wells and centre console
  • Automatic climate control
  • Backrest adjustment with one-touch function for driver and front passenger
  • Black leather gearshift knob
  • Boot lighting
  • Centre console with roller cover and folding front centre armrest
  • Charge cable bag
  • Dashboard and door centre panel in black fabric and accent trim in black
  • Driver/front passenger reading lights
  • Driver/front passenger sunvisors with ticket holder
  • Driver/front passenger sunvisors with vanity mirror
  • Front head restraints
  • Front passenger seat with through loading function with fully folding backrest
  • Grey headlining
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Height adjustable steering column
  • I-size child seat attachment system for front passenger with manual airbag deactivation
  • Interior door opener in matt chrome
  • Leather upholstery with grey double stitching
  • Load lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Manually operated rear side windows
  • Ready space seat-Swivell cushion,removable cargo box,2 cupholder/retractable stowage comp,rear backrest folded 50/50,cargo position 12degree
  • Ruffled pockets on front seat backrests
  • Storage compartment in doors with net
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Stowage net on centre console
  • Velour floor mats

Packs

  • Winter pack with heated rear seats - ForFour

Safety

  • Active brake assist forward collision warning system with autonomous braking function
  • Airbags - driver and front passenger with manual deactivation on the front passenger
  • Airbags - kneebag for driver
  • Airbags - side airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Airbags - windowbags front driver and front passenger
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Crash sensor for activation of hazard warning lights
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Height adjustable seatbelts for driver and front passenger
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear belt status indicator in overhead control panel
  • Retaining strap for securing items on the front passenger seat
  • Seat belts - Three-point, with seat belt tensioners and belt force limiters
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Central locking with radio remote control + visual locking verification signal and immobiliser
  • Drive lock - automatic door locking when driving
  • Folding key with remote control (Second key with fixed bit)

Technical

  • Charging cable for household socket
  • Charging cable for wall box/charging stations
  • Single speed transmission

Wheels

  • 16" 8 Y spoke allow wheels painted in black with high sheen finish
  • Breakdown kit with air compressor and sealant back
  • Summer tyres

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    17.2
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    3.1
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    10-80
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    510
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    7.2
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    10-80
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    198
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    22
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    10-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    40
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km
    15.9
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    62000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    17.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.6
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    124
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    77

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    66
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    Not Available

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    0.0
  • Badge Power
    82
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    60kW EQ 17kWh 22kWCh
  • Coin Series
    Exclusive
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    10E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    2
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    56
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    12.7
  • Engine Power - BHP
    82
  • Engine Power - KW
    60
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    118
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    16.3
  • Engine Torque - NM
    160
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3500
  • Top Speed
    81

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    185/50 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/45 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    8 Y SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1554
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    3495
  • Wheelbase
    2494
  • Width
    1665
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1875

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1570
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    975
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    185
  • Max. Loading Weight
    370
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1200
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    9.05
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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Oliver Blayney

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"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

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Ollie Emery

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"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

"a month ago"

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