2020 Smart EQ ForTwo Electric

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$23,900 - $26,740

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2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: October 9, 2019


The Smart EQ ForTwo may not look as appealing at the first go, but it definitely stands out in the EV market. It is one car that was destined to be an electric vehicle. It is one hell of a cute looking car that has its own weird charm.

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Pros

The cute design has a lot of character

Your smartphone can be used as the car's 2019s primary infotainment screen

Running cost is almost non-existent

Cons

Scanty performance and range

Not so well put together interior

What's New?

Petrol variant is dead and gone


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23900

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

80 hp

torque

118 lbs.-ft.

transmission

1-speed direct drive

chassis

frame type

monocoque

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Other

brake rotors (f/r)

57.8/56.3

dimensions

wheelbase

73.7 in.

length

106.1 in.

width

65.5 in.

height

61.2 in.

curb weight

2363 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

45 cu ft.

cargo volume

8.9 cu ft.

payload capacity

635 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

124/108/94 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000

corrosion warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric in Autumn Brown Metallic color  2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric in Black-to-Yellow Metallic color  2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric in Black color  2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric in Carmine Red color  2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric in Cool Silver Metallic color
Autumn Brown Metallic

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Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Interior

5.0

Exterior

5.0

Safety

8.0

6.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric Pure

Pure

power
80 hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
108 combined

$23,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
pure 2dr Coupe (electric DD) Starting at $23,900 MSRP (124/108/94) 80 hp, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive rear wheel drive 2

 2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric Passion

Passion

power
80 hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
108 combined

$25,390


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
passion 2dr Coupe (electric DD) Starting at $25,390 MSRP (124/108/94) 80 hp, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive rear wheel drive 2

 2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric Prime

Prime

power
80 hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
108 combined

$26,740


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
prime 2dr Coupe (electric DD) Starting at $26,740 MSRP (124/108/94) 80 hp, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review

6.0

Overall Rating


Earlier there was a petrol powered variant for the Smart ForTwo. For 2019, that petrol engine has been scrapped and the Smart is now only an all electric vehicle. The electric motor on the EQ is quite small, smaller than the car itself in terms of potential. It manages to turn out 80 hp and 118 lb.-ft. torque which is good enough for such a small and light weighing vehicle. It’s the range of the battery pack though which is off-putting. One can expect about 60 km of range on a full charge.

The like of the Renault ZOE or the KIA Soul EV are way more practical than the Smart EQ. They offer more spacious cabins, better battery range and can even accommodate more people. There’s however a Smart ForFour that makes up for the shortcomings of the ForTwo.


5.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

5.0/10
Interior

 

5.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric Features

5.0/10

The Smart EQ ForTwo might look like a pint-size car, but is plenty spacious on the inside. It is available in three different models, namely: Pure, Passion and Prime. All the three variants are powered by the same 17.6-kWh battery pack. The motor makes 118 lb.-ft. torque and 80 hp. It works the rear wheels of all different EQs through a single-speed automatic transmission.

The Pure is at the base of the Smart EQ lineup. It offers a variety of features and is pretty well packaged for an entry level model. The Cross Connect app lets iOS and some select Android users control things like vehicle information and navigation.

Next in line is the Passion trim of the Smart EQ ForTwo. It provides minor upgrades to the aesthetics of the car. The engine and transmission remains the same besides the standard features from Pure.

Lastly, there’s the Prime which is the most feature loaded of all EQ trims. It wraps the seats in leather and has a panoramic roof. The trim also adds ambient lighting for the interior.

There are a lot of additional packages on offer that can be added to all the three trims of the EQ. There’s the Cold Weather package to counter the winter with heated seats and extra insulation for the cabin. The Sports package is available on the Passion and Prime only. It replaces the stock wheels with 16-inch alloy wheels and stainless steel pedals. The Smart Media System bundles a 7-inch touchscreen with navigation and Android Auto functionality and can be had with or without a six-speaker JBL audio system.

Trim

Pure

Passion

Prime

MSRP RWD

$23,900

$25,390

$26,740

Key Features

15-inch wheels with plastic covers

All features of Pure

All features of Pure

 

LED daytime running lights

Alloy wheels

Foglights

 

Cruise Control

Heated and power-adjustable mirrors

Cornering lights

 

Power windows

Contrasting interior upholstery

Panoramic glass roof

 

Rearview camera

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Automatic headlights and wipers

 

Driver information display

Height-adjustable

Leather upholstery

 

Cloth upholstery

Retractable cargo cover

Heated seats

 

Automatic climate control

 

Interior ambient lighting

 

Two-speaker sound system

 

 

 

Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity

 

 

We recommend:

Considering the price of the Prime, which is only about $3,000 more than that of the Pure, it is the best overall package to be had. The Pure trim at a price tag of almost $24,000 is a bit expensive for a two-seater. So overall, the Prime offers a much better value for money. It is loaded with features and tech and also fairly priced.

2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Small power, small range, small car. The 2019 Smart ForTwo is best around town.- Car Connection

 Engine and Transmission

The small Smart EQ ForTwo adorns a just as small 17.6kWh lithium-ion battery that turns out 80 hp and 118 lb.-ft. of torque. The little motor directly drives the rear wheels with the help of a single-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is quiet and smooth as should be in a typical electric motor which is quick at low speeds. At higher speeds however the battery dies out much too quickly.

Models

Smart EQ ForTwo Coupe

Nissan Leaf

Fiat 500e

MSRP

$23,900

$29,990

$33,210

Engine

Electric

Electric

Electric

Transmission

1-speed automatic

1-speed automatic

1-speed automatic

Horsepower

80 hp

147 hp

111 hp

Torque

118 lb.-ft.

236 lb.-ft.

147 lb.-ft.

Acceleration

The electric motor on the EQ makes only 80 hp, which may not sound like much. In reality though the EQ feels a lot zippier. Thanks to its small size and light weight, the EQ manages to take off the moment you set your foot on the throttle. There’s plenty of torque down low. Though the power drops noticeably as you try to reach racetrack-speeds.

Model

Smart EQ ForTwo Coupe

Nissan Leaf

Fiat 500e

0-60 MPH

9.6

7.4

8.5

Quarter Mile

17.4

15.8

16.7

Engine

Electric

Electric

Electric

Braking

The brakes on the EQ ForTwo are far short of being sharp, and necessarily they don’t have to be that way. It’s a small car meant only to be driven around the city and not on the track. The engine is not track tuned and neither are the brakes. The regenerative braking only works when the vehicle is moving at lower speeds which doesn’t feel half as inconsistent as it does on some other electric vehicles.

Model

Smart EQ ForTwo Coupe

Nissan Leaf

Fiat 500e

Brake front

(in.)

11.0

11.1

11.0

Brake Rear

(in.)

8.0

11.5

9.4

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

2,363

3,433

2,980

60-0 MPH (ft.)

NA

121

NA

Ride and Handling

The EQ is a lot more composed than the petrol ForTwo, still the overall ride quality takes a pretty big hit from the smallest of bumps. A lot of it has to do with its extra-small wheelbase. The short wheelbase is also the reason why the EQ makes up for a very nimble city ride.

The battery is placed under the seats. As a result, the Smart EQ ForTwo has a lower center of gravity. The low center of gravity largely favors the EQ’s handling. There is a certain amount of body roll in corners, but it’s pretty contained considering the fact that it’s not a performance vehicle.

2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric Fuel Economy

The Smart EQ ForTwo is by all means a city car. If driven around efficiently, one can expect a range of 60-70 odd miles on a full charge. But stomp down on the pedal and make it stay there and you’ll barely make it home from work. Don’t get any wrong ideas though. The ForTwo has the right hardware that is as efficient as can be. It’s the small motor that can only hold so much charge.

Model

Smart EQ ForTwo Coupe

Nissan Leaf

Fiat 500e

MPG (city)

124

124

121

MPG (highway)

94

99

103

MPG (combined)

108

112

112

2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric Interior

5.0/10

The Smart EQ ForTwo has the same funky and modern interior as its petrol-powered counterpart.- Car Buyer

 Seating and Comfort

The Smart EQ ForTwo maybe a small car, but it’s plenty practical. The interior is simple and logically laid-out which makes accessibility a lot easier. It has enough space to accommodate 2 people comfortably for a night around the city.

Quality of materials used on the inside are not as premium even though the Smart EQ is produced by Mercedes. There’s a considerable amount of scratchy plastic that can be found pretty much all around the cabin.

There's a fair amount of noise entering the cabin and a lot of is because of the EQ’s flat front end. It gushes through wind like a bulldozer. As a result there’s plenty of noise from the road and tyres that can be heard inside.

The infotainment system is pretty basic too. It has a seven-inch touchscreen which is easy to use. The system includes AM/FM and DAB radios along with Bluettoth. Also, the Smart EQ Control App tell you little details like charge time through your phone.

Model

Smart EQ ForTwo Coupe

Nissan Leaf

Fiat 500e

Passenger Capacity

2

5

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.0/48.0/41.0

41.2/54.3/42.1

38.9/49.4/40.7

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

NA

37.3/52.5/33.5

35.5/46.4/27.6

Cargo Volume

The boot space in the Smart EQ ForTwo isn’t too small for a car its size. It’s actually pretty decent. It obviously is not ideal enough for big families, but a for compact two-seater city ride, the EQ has decent practicality.

Model

Smart EQ ForTwo Coupe

Nissan Leaf

Fiat 500e

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

9.2

23.6

7.0

2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric Exterior

5.0/10

The EQ ForTwo stands out in the EV world, with incredibly small dimensions that make it perfect for city driving.- Car and Driver

 Dimensions and Weight

The Smart EQ ForTwo is a small car. There’s just enough space to accommodate two people. It also has very few components as it is an electric vehicle. All these factors make the Smart EQ ForTwo a small and nimble car that is also very light. It weighs just a shade over 2,300 pounds. All other cars are at least five to six hundred pounds heavier than the EQ.

Model

Smart EQ ForTwo Coupe

Nissan Leaf

Fiat 500e

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2,363

3,433

2,980

Length (in.)

106.1

176.4

142.4

Width (in.)

61.0

70.5

64.1

Height (in.)

61.2

61.4

60.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.2

5.9

4.5

Wheelbase (in.)

73.7

106.3

90.6

Track Width (in.) F/R

57.8/56.3

60.6/61.2

55.4/55.0

Design and Styling

The Smart EQ for two combines a range of neat exterior design elements. The safety cell of the EQ doubles as an exoskeleton which can be painted to add contrast to its body panels. In fact, the Smart EQ doesn’t look like anything on the road.

The standard Smart EQ which is a coupe, has a snub front-end with a chunky rear. It’s small footprint makes the EQ a fun to drive electric car that is easy to park.

2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric Safety

8.0/10

There isn’t enough crash-test data available for the Smart EQ, but it turns out that the EQ lacks high-end safety features. The basic safety features in the Smart EQ include:

  • ABS
  • Daytime running lights
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Back-up camera
  • Stability control
  • Side impact beams
  • Airbags
  • Airbag occupancy sensors

2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric Competition

2019 Smart EQ ForTwo vs. VolksWagen E-UP

The Smart EQ ForTwo is fun to drive and good looking. It’s very practical for a city ride. However, electric vehicles are bought mainly for range, and that is where the EQ doesn’t seem like a very viable option. It’s small dimensions are let down by its even smaller range. That is where the VolksWagen E-up gains all its advantage.

 2019 Smart EQ ForTwo vs. Renault ZOE

The Renault ZOE is the ideal choice amongst all electric vehicles. It offers good range and is as easy to drive as a golf cart. Even the design elements on the ZOE are impressive. Overall, the EQ just doesn’t match up to the ZOE. They cost almost the same, but the ZOE is much more practical and offers better utility.

2020 Smart EQ ForTwo electric Final Verdict

The Smart EQ ForTwo isn’t the most economical electric vehicles to own and drive. It might look like one, but it isn’t. It costs well over $20,000, can only seat two people and even has tiny range. The small range of the EQ is courtesy of its small battery, but that’s no excuse for an EV. EV’s are considered for their range and the EQ fails to deliver on that promise. The battery pack can hold only so much charge. This implies that you’ll be spending a significant amount of time charging your EQ. Thus, if you are looking for a smart vehicle, act smart and maybe consider the Renault ZOE.