Smart Fortwo Cabrio

 smart fortwo cabrio

FORTWO ELECTRIC CABRIO - 60kW EQ Prime Premium 17kWh 2dr Auto [22kWCh]



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£22,980 

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smart is making electric mobility more attractive and proof is found in the form of this fortwo EQ electric drive citycar. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
FORTWO ELECTRIC CABRIO
60kW EQ Prime Premium 17kWh 2dr Auto [22kWCh]
ELECTRIC
£22,980.00
FORTWO ELECTRIC CABRIO
60kW EQ Prime Prem Plus 17kWh 2dr Auto [22kWCh]
ELECTRIC
£23,575.00
FORTWO ELECTRIC CABRIO SPECIAL EDITIONS
60kW EQ Edition Nightsky 17kWh 2dr Auto [22kWCh]
ELECTRIC
£26,780.00

Ten Second Review

If ever there was a car that was a perfect fit for electric propulsion, it's a smart fortwo, now only available in Zero Emissions form. Tiny, lightweight and geared to the urban environment, this was one of the very earliest electric cars offered and in its latest EQ form, gets a standard on-board charger for quicker battery replenishment. For urban folk, it's still one of the very best options in this part of the market.

Background

The internal combustion engine has been the linchpin of the automotive industry from the word go and it's hard to envisage a time when it won't be. We've come a long way together after all. The problem, as you've probably heard, is one of pollution, greenhouse effects, rising sea levels, melting icecaps and sweaty polar bears. The internal combustion engine, it transpires, isn't the most environmentally friendly of man's creations, not when used on the vast and expanding scale it is today. So what's the alternative? The simple answer is that we don't have a viable one, yet. Although cars like the smart fortwo EQ are attempting to change that. smart has been offering battery-powered versions of this model for a decade now and this, as you might expect, is the most sophisticated one yet.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Electric Vehicle Data
Battery Charge Type 1 Time (Minutes)
210
Battery Charge Type 1 kW
4.6
Battery Charge Type 1 Percentage
20-100
Battery Charge Type 2 Time (Minutes)
150
Battery Charge Type 2 kW
7.4
Battery Charge Type 2 Percentage
0-80
Battery Charge Type 3 Time (Minutes)
40
Battery Charge Type 3 kW
22
Battery Charge Type 3 Percentage
0-80
Coupler/Connector Type
Type 2
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
8
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
62500
Battery Capacity in kWh
17.6
NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km
13
NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles
96
Battery Leased
False
Battery Type
Lithium-ion
Emissions - ICE
Noise Level dB(A)
66
CO2 (g/km)
0
Engine and Drive Train
Catalytic Convertor
False
Transmission
AUTO
Gears
1 SPEED
CC
1
General
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
2
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
999999
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
2
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
6
Coin Series
Prime Premium
Coin Description
60kW EQ 17.6kWh 22kWch
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
15E
Service Interval Mileage
12500
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
82
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
80
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
56
NCAP Safety Assist %
56
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
4
Badge Power
82
Badge Engine CC
0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Generation Mark
3
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
16.3
0 to 62 mph (secs)
11.8
Top Speed
81
Engine Power - BHP
82
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
Engine Power - KW
60
Engine Power - RPM
1450
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
118
Engine Torque - NM
160
Engine Torque - RPM
3500
Tyres
Tyre Size Rear
185/60 R15
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
15" ALLOY
Wheel Style
5 TWIN SPOKE
Tyre Size Front
165/65 R15
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Length
2695
Width
1663
Wheelbase
1873
Width (including mirrors)
1893
Height
1553
Height
1555
Weight and Capacities
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
340
No. of Seats
2
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
6.95
Minimum Kerbweight
1115
Gross Vehicle Weight
1320
Max. Loading Weight
205
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Driving Experience

Around town, this smart's driving characteristics are as agile and lively as ever, aided by an ultra-small turning circle of just 6.95 metres. 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 fortwo 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 a 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 fortwo 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

As with any other smart fortwo, the EQ electric drive model feels tightly screwed together and looks good. Whether you opt for coupe or cabrio, it's still an arresting little thing. 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. There's even a bit more luggage space than the previous generation model could offer, the fixed-top version boasting a capacity of 260-litres to the parcel shelf and 350-litres when stacked to the roof. The two-piece tailgate with its separately-opening glass window is wide-opening and the bottom part is strong enough for you to sit on it during, say, carboot sales. If you need more interior room, smart also now offers this electric drive variant with the five-door forfour bodyshape. All but the most freakishly tall should fit in to this fortwo with no headroom issues. This battery-powered variant comes with additional dashboard instruments which show a power meter and battery status display. Overall, the fortwo now feels like a Mercedes-Benz product rather than something hurriedly inherited.
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