Smart fortwo grandstyle edition mhd
2. Smart fortwo
- Model/Engine size:
- Smart fortwo fortwo grandstyle edition mhd
- Fuel economy combined:
- 65.7 mpg
Proving once again that being green doesn’t have to cost you any more, the Smart is by far the cheapest car in our rankings at less than half the price of some of our other convertibles whilst also delivering sub-100g/km CO2 emissions, all wrapped up in a unique package.
At first glance the new fortwo is hard to tell apart from the original but there have been a raft of important changes under the skin. It is now slightly longer than before to improve pedestrian safety but it remains extremely compact at just under 2.7 metres in length making it perfectly at home in the city. The big news on the tech front is the addition of a stop/start system called micro hybrid drive (mhd) which stops the engine when the car is travelling under 5 mph and restarts it instantly when you want to go. This gets the fortwo under the magical 100 g/km.
Engine capacities are up from 699cc to 999cc but now only two of the variants have a turbocharger.
The semi-automatic gearbox remains but now has 5 rather than 6 gears, and whilst it is faster to shift than the old unit, it still isn’t as quick as we would like.
Interior quality has taken a big step forward although some of the most appealing features have gone in the process, mostly notable the eyeball air vents. What you won’t miss is the fidgety ride that plagued the original, which has thankfully been banished.
The new Smart fortwo keeps the essence of the original but feels far more polished. In the process it has lost a little of its personality but we are happy to trade that for a far more convincing all rounder. It’s still not perfect though, with the semi automatic gearbox top of the list. Either make it quicker still, or gives us a manual!
- Fuel economy, extra urban:
- 70.6 mpg
- Fuel economy, urban:
- 61.4 mpg
- CO2 emissions:
- 99 g/km
- Green rating:
- VED band A
- 780 Kg
- Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
- Insurance group:
- 71 bhp
- Max speed:
- 90 (electronically limited) mph
- 13.7 seconds
- Euro 6: