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SMART FORTWO ELECTRIC CABRIO

60kW EQ Premium 17kWh 2dr Auto [22kWCh]

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Technical Data

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Key Features

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

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

Exterior Features

  • Body colour radiator grille
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Comfort front windscreen wiper with intermittent wiper control and automatic wipe/wash function
  • Door mirror with aspherically curved mirror glass on the driver's side
  • Draught stop
  • Driving mirrors in tridion colour
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Fully automatic electric tritop fabric soft top in black with heated glass rear window and grey headliners
  • H4 halogen headlamps with integrated LED daytime driving lights
  • Lockable service cover
  • Manual headlamp range adjustment
  • Power windows with convenience opening and closing
  • Remote soft top release with 3-button convenience key
  • Removable roof bars in trident colour
  • Roof antenna
  • Third brake light featuring LED technology
  • White side indicators
  • Wind deflector

Interior Features

  • 12V socket with cover in centre console
  • 3 spoke leather multifunction sports steering wheel with anthracite bezel and grey double stitching
  • Automatic climate control
  • Backrest adjustment with one-touch function for driver and front passenger
  • Black leather gearshift knob
  • Boot lighting
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • 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/grey
  • Driver/front passenger reading lights
  • Driver/front passenger sunvisors with ticket holder
  • Driver/front passenger sunvisors with vanity mirror
  • Fabric upholstery with white double stitching
  • Front head restraints
  • Front passenger seat with through loading function with fully folding backrest
  • 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
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Luggage compartment roller cover with mesh bag
  • Storage compartment in doors with net
  • Storage compartment in tailgate
  • Stowage net on centre console

Packs

  • Winter pack - ForTwo

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 - head airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Airbags - kneebag for driver
  • Airbags - side airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Crash sensor for activation of hazard warning lights
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Hill start assist
  • 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" 5 twin spoke alloy wheels painted in black with high sheen finish
  • Breakdown kit with air compressor and sealant back
  • Summer tyres

Exterior Features

Paintwork

Trim

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
    15.4
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    62000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    16.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.8
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    128
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    80

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
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    No
  • 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
  • Badge Power
    82
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    60kW EQ 17kWh 22kWCh
  • Coin Series
    Premium
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    13E
  • 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)
    11.9
  • 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
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

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
    5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1553
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    2695
  • Wheelbase
    1873
  • Width
    1663
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1893

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1340
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    190
  • Max. Loading Weight
    215
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1125
  • No. of Seats
    2
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    6.95

The smart fortwo cabrio has a cult following and is now offered only in all-electric EQ form. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

Since 1998, smart has offered what has become known as the fortwo, a two-seat city car originally developed with a rear-mounted engine. Famous for being able to park nose on to a curb legally, this model has something of a cult following. While the first generation was pretty awful to drive and the second still blighted by a clunky semi-auto gearbox, the third generation car offers a much more enjoyable driving experience. Since early 2020, this car has only been available in battery-powered EQ form; you could have an electric smart fortwo cabrio prior to that but this one has been improved by the addition of a standard on-board charger for quicker battery replenishment. Aside for the lure of cutting-edge electrification, the appeal of this car remains much as it always was. While a two-seat supermini is not really an option for many, an open car with room for only a pair of people is more acceptable. With a clever three position roof that can be opened at any speed and a reasonably low starting price (for an electrified cabrio), could this be the smart's time to shine?

Driving Experience

Thanks to significant strengthening of the shell for the cabrio body style, handling is hardly any different from that of the hard-topped version of this car. That means lots of understeer and electronic intervention should you push too hard. At least the turning circle is tighter than ever at just 6.95m curb to curb. Around town, this smart's EQ's driving characteristics are as agile and lively as ever. 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

At the core of the fortwo cabrio is the 'tridion' safety cell made of high strength steel. The visible area of this cell has been profiled for a sporty look. This provides the smart with good crash protection despite its diminutive size. There's also additional underbody reinforcement to help with the removal of the roof. Speaking of the roof, the 'tritop' soft top can be opened like a giant sunroof at any speed. For the full open air experience, you can remove the remaining roof bars and stow them in the boot, something rivals such as the Fiat 500C can't offer. Despite the opening roof, the rear screen is made of glass and is heated. Inside is the same funky interior we've come to expect from the regular fortwo. This means a fabric topped dashboard that, like the rest of the interior, can be had in a variety of colours. At first glance everything seems pretty well put together, although further inspection reveals quite a bit of cheap plastic in certain areas. At least the additional width of the third generation car means you won't be bumping elbows with your passenger.

Market and Model

There are three trim levels on offer to smart fortwo cabrio EQ customers - 'pulse premium', 'prime exclusive' and 'edition 1'. The base 'pulse premium' version costs around £21,620, once the government's generous £2,500 Plug-in car grant is taken into account. That's quite a lot for something this size, but you might struggle to think of any small cabrio all-electric direct competitors. 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. This improved model has more operating options than its predecessor. For example, two programmable departure times mean 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. There's also the smart BRABUS tailor made individualisation programme for more bespoke wishes. 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. The 96-cell lithium-ion battery is coupled with a - now standard - 22 kW on-board charger, meaning that charging can take less than 40 minutes (from 10 to 80% charge) using a rapid charger, and can be charged in less than six hours using a home wall box. To give you some idea of electricity costs 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. 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

If you're planning to use the smart fortwo cabrio as its maker intended, it's difficult to see why you wouldn't really like it in this all-electric EQ form. If all you're going to be doing is tripping around town, that 100 mile driving range is going to seem more than sufficient. As for issues, well these tend to be those that relate to this fortwo design, rather than specifically to the electric drive powertrain that in this case has enhanced it. Like any normal fortwo, this car certainly doesn't have the ride and handling finesse to match some of its small electric rivals. And some elements of cabin quality are a little questionable. But then, the rivals that better this smart in these areas are all much more expensive. We also wonder whether these criticisms would really matter to someone who was virtually exclusively using this car around town: probably not. This is in summary an uncompromising answer to the challenges of credibly ecological modern mobility. And it's actually a bit of fun too. What's not to like?

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