2018 Smart ForTwo

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2018 MODEL
$23,800 - $26,640 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

Smart ForTwo is the quintessential compact city car that you can park anywhere at will, in the tightest of spaces. The initial pull from the start line is great. Smart has always been front runner in introducing super compact, hatchbacks in US market. In the guise of second generation now, the Daimler now only offers it in all-electric drive. The gasoline powered option has been discontinued altogether.

In the city limits ForTwo is incomparable with anything else with such dimensions, turning circle and that quick nature getting off the line. It has almost created a niche in the market.


5.5/10
Features

 

5.2/10
Engine

 

9.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.6/10
Interior

 

5.2/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Starting at $23,800, the ForTwo has three trims for its coupe variant and two in the cabriolet version which has a motorized fabric roof pull down. It has an 80hp three-phase synchronous electric motor with single speed transmission. Capable of juicing up to 17.6 kWh, it\u2019s good for 60-70 miles in a full charge.

2018 Smart ForTwo Features

5.5/10

Trims and Features

Smart offers three trims for ForTwo Coupe: Pure, Passion and Prime. While Cabriolet with only two: Passion and Prime. Essentially they are same cars to the last bit just a swap of hard top with a fabric liner makes them differ.

The standard Pure version now gets a rear view camera and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. They also add voice recognition in conjunction with Siri and Google now.

Trims PurePassionPrimeMSRP$23,900$25,390 $26,740Features

  • Lithium ion battery
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rear view camera
  • Voice recognition
  • Choice of colored interior
  • Powered and heated windows
  • 15\u201d alloy wheels
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Fog lamps with cornering function
  • Heated seats
  • Black leataherty
  • Re upholstery
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rain and light sensors

Features

  • Lithium ion batteryew
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  • Lithium ion battery
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rear view camera
  • Voice recognition
  • Lithium ion battery
  • Lithium ion battery
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • Bluetooth connectivity
      • Rear view camera
      • Rear view camera
        • Voice recognition
        • Voice recognition
          • Choice of colored interior
          • Powered and heated windows
          • 15\u201d alloy wheels
          • Height adjustable driver seat
          • Fog lamps with cornering function
          • Heated seats
          • Black leather upholstery
          • Panoramic sunroof
          • Rain and light sensors
          • Fog lamps with cornering function
          • Heated seats
          • Black leather upholstery
          • Panoramic sunroof
          • Rain and light sensors
        • Fog lamps with cornering function
        • Fog lamps with cornering function
          • Heated seats
          • Heated seats
            • Black leather upholstery
            • Black leather upholstery
              • Panoramic sunroof
              • Panoramic sunroof
                • Rain and light sensors
                • Rain and light sensors

                  Feature List

                  • All-season tires
                  • LED day time running lights
                  • Tire pressure monitoring system
                  • Lockable service hood
                  • 3.5\u201d color instrument cluster
                  • Rear view camera
                  • Cruise control
                  • Smart Audio system with Bluetooth
                  • Voice recognition, Hands-free calling
                  • Electronic Stability Program with hill start assist
                  • Anti-lock Braking system
                  • Crosswind Assist
                  • Tridion safety cells
                  • 8 air bags
                • All-season tires
                • All-season tires
                  • LED day time running lights
                  • LED day time running lights
                    • Tire pressure monitoring system
                    • Tire pressure monitoring system
                      • Lockable service hood
                      • Lockable service hood
                        • 3.5\u201d color instrument cluster
                        • 3.5\u201d color instrument cluster
                          • Rear view camera
                          • Rear view camera
                            • Cruise control
                            • Cruise control
                              • Smart Audio system with Bluetooth
                              • Smart Audio system with Bluetooth
                                • Voice recognition, Hands-free calling
                                • Voice recognition, Hands-free calling
                                  • Electronic Stability Program with hill start assist
                                  • Electronic Stability Program with hill start assist
                                    • Anti-lock Braking system
                                    • Anti-lock Braking system
                                      • Crosswind Assist
                                      • Crosswind Assist
                                        • Tridion safety cells
                                        • Tridion safety cells
                                          • 8 air bags
                                          • 8 air bags

                                            What Trim to choose?

                                            ForTwo Prime is the one to go for. Additional features in Prime are: Powered and heated windows, heated seats, Rain and light sensors, 15\u201d alloys and a panoramic sunroof. For the core city use these features add up a lot in the usefulness and the style. Smart offers further customization options to make it rightly suit to you.

                                            \u201cCabriolet\u201d is another option and is essentially the same car model in the ForTwo catalogue. It comes with an electrically actuated pull-down fabric roof which stows itself neatly in the back. The roof bars can be further removed for even roomier open-air feeling. At $28,750 it\u2019s on the little far side money-wise.

                                            Infotainment

                                            The phone connectivity via Bluetooth and voice commands thru Siri and Google Now and Mirror Link comes as standard. Cross Connect helps your cellphone become an audio and navigation controller, a nice way to integrate touchscreen controls with the basic radio setup. The 7-inch touchscreen is a good upgrade.

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2018 Smart ForTwo Engine

5.2/10

Engine17.6kWh 24kWh60kWhTransmissionSingle speed Single speed Single speedHorsepower80 hp111 hp200 hpTorque118 lb-ft184 lb-ft266 lb-ft

Smart ForTwo offers a very basic electric powertrain package as compared to Chevrolet and Fiat. Where the competition has aptly powered motors and good range battery packs. Smart is pricey for 17.6 kWh powertrain which is good for 57 miles only.

Acceleration

ForTwo has quite a punchy start off the line. Stop and Go in this car is a charm it pulls rather ambitiously till it hits 40mph patch. And that\u2019s where the acceleration curve dips down. It shows up quite imminently in its 0-60mph time.

Models Smart ForTwo EV Fiat 500e Chevrolet Bolt EV
0-60 MPH 11.4 sec 8.4 sec 6.5 sec
Quarter mile 17.9sec 17.0 sec 14.9 sec

The competitor\u2019s sub-10 second times are not really to be called \u201cimpressive\u201d but yes, a leap over. Even the light weight of 2363lbs for an EV, doesn\u2019t help ForTwo. It has some of that laggy nature, Smart hence is an avoidable vehicle to take on highways and expect overtakes from.

2018 Smart ForTwo Fuel Economy

9.4/10

Fuel Economy

The 96 cell lithium-ion battery packs in a compact space. And juices up in 3 hours at 240V fast charge facility which returns around 60-70 miles when driven efficiently. A 120V household charge takes over 16.5-17 hours to charge full. Smart\u2019s eMPG is decent.

Model Smart ForTwo EV Fiat 500e Chevrolet Bolt EV
eMPG (city) 124 121 128
eMPG (Highway) 94 103 110
eMPG (Combined) 108 112 119
Battery Range (Miles) 58 84 238

Spending a little more on your EV would provide a far more practicality in terms of range and enough firepower to cruise at highway speeds.

2018 Smart ForTwo Interior

6.6/10

Brakes feel very go-kart like, woody and false. There\u2019s not enough momentum carried by the car that\u2019d help with that particularly. Being a lighter car it is expected to brake far before than its competition would. But it doesn\u2019t impress as such.

 

 

 

 

Interior (Seating and Comfort)

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There\u2019s surprisingly enough room for two in ForTwo. You literally walk in to the cabin space. Ergonomics are spot-on with good room. Fabric-roof cabriolet version offers even more expansive and infinite feel to the already good space.

As you run your eyes and hands across the switch gear and the center console. The quality of plastics would disappoint the elatedness you felt when you climbed in. Something that delights you is the options and colors Smart offers on seat fabric and the panoramic sunroof on the coupe.

All this is marred by the crashy suspension, makes you feel the smallest of bumps the quick direction changing ability ruins it even further. Overall it\u2019s fun looking inside as it is outside.

2018 Smart ForTwo Exterior

5.2/10

It\u2019s a very odd ball of a car. It\u2019s pint sized in dimensions which makes it look very chic and cute. It looks beefier than the model before and there are many individualization options. The range of colors is vast. And the body color is in contrast with the Tridion safety cell. Which makes it look very interesting.

Smart could always do with LED powered headlights but make do with a halogen bulb headlights with DRLs. LEDs could be more of a power efficient option than Halogens we think.

Model Smart ForTwo EV Fiat 500e Chevrolet Bolt EV
curb weight(lbs) 2363 2980 3563
Length(in) 106.1 142.4 164
Width(in) N/A 64.1 69.5
Height(in) 61.2 60.1 62.8
Ground clearance(in) N/A 4.5 N/A
Wheel base(in) 73.7 90.6 102.4
Track width(in) F/R 57.8/56.3 55.4/55 59.1/59.1

The Fiat 500e in comparison doesn\u2019t alienate being an EV. It\u2019s hard to distinguish with the normal gasoline powered 500. Chevrolet Bolt EV is a full sized smart looking 5-seater hatch back. But as the exclusivity goes Smart wins over our hearts. It looks its part.

Driving Dynamics and Braking

ForTwo is fundamentally just that right compact car that city needs. The length of 106.1 inch and a super impressive turning circle of 22.8ft. In a line, that means you can literally U-turn from the lane you are in to the one that is beside.

The car is a hoot to drive in tight city spaces. The 15\u201d wheels on the extreme corners gives the right kind of expanse of the vehicle. The steering is electrically assisted and could do a lot in terms of the feedback and feel. As far as the ease goes it just matches what this car needs to be. Simple, Light and Ready to move.

Model Smart ForTwo EV Fiat 500e Chevrolet Bolt EV
Brake Front(in) 11.0 11.0 N/A
Brake Rear(in) 8.0 9.4 N/A
60-0 MPH (ft.) 110 127 132

It’s a very odd ball of a car. It’s pint sized in dimensions which makes it look very chic and cute. It looks beefier than the model before and there are many individualization options. The range of colors is vast. And the body color is in contrast with the Tridion safety cell.Which makes it look very interesting.

Smart could always do with LED powered headlights but make do with a halogen bulb headlights with DRLs. LEDs could be more of a power efficient option than Halogens we think.

Model  Smart ForTwo EV Fiat 500e Chevrolet Bolt EV
curb weight(lbs) 2363 2980 3563
Length(in) 106.1 142.4 164
Width(in) N/A 64.1 69.5
Height(in) 61.2 60.1 62.8
Ground clearance(in) N/A 4.5 N/A
Wheel base(in) 73.7 90.6 102.4
Track width(in) F/R 57.8/56.3 55.4/55 59.1/59.1

The Fiat 500e in comparison doesn’t alienate being an EV. It’s hard to distinguish with the normal gasoline powered 500. Chevrolet Bolt EV is a full sized smart looking 5-seater hatch back. But as the exclusivity goes Smart wins over our hearts. It looks its part.
 

2018 Smart ForTwo Safety

Safety Features Safety Features

Smart has few pro-active safety features. Its frame is based on \u201cTridion steel safety shell\u201d. \xa0A small energy-absorbing crumple zone at the front of the car lessens impacts, and the engine lives in the trunk of the car instead of the front.

Crosswind Assist helps to keep the small car in-line between the strong gushes of wind pushing it around.

  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • 8 Airbags
  • Tridion Safety Cell
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • 8 Airbags
  • 8 Airbags
  • Tridion Safety Cell
  • Tridion Safety Cell
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Crosswind Assist

     

2018 Smart ForTwo Competition

ModelSmart ForTwoFiat 500eBolt EVPassenger capacity245Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.7/48.0/41.238.9/49.4/40.739.7/55.9/41.6Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

N/A35.5/46.4/27.637.9/52.8/36.5

If we leave the seating capacity aside. The competition offers a bit better quality of interior plastics and overall feel.

 

Cargo volume

The absence of second row altogether means there\u2019s a lot of space that\u2019s useable and hence ForTwo happens to have more boot space than Chevrolet Bolt EV before the seats folded down. The little space is taken by the charger brick and the power chord. The left space is decent for the city.

Model Fiat 500e Smart Fortwo EV Chevrolet Bolt EV
Trunk volume (cu.ft) 28.1 22.8 16.9

competition

Smart ForTwo vs. Fiat 500e

Fiat is far more fun and zippier a car than Smart ForTwo, a tad better range too. And it almost feels like the gasoline powered 500. If you can spend 7 grand more over an EV. 500e is a better option.

Smart ForTwo vs. Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet is at a little higher spectrum of price. But we anyway included it because it\u2019s a great package with impressive 238miles of range and can seat 5 at once.

2018 Smart ForTwo Final Verdict

Smart ForTwo is the quintessential compact city car that you can park anywhere at will, in the tightest of spaces. The initial pull from the start line is great. The small dimensions helps you to make it maneuver with ease. Its fun and chic looks grabs eyes. Just the range and average performance is one concern. And if you can overlook that part and the city is your jungle. This is the car for you.

Pros

Smooth transmission

Efficient Engine

Suave looks

Cons

Larger carbon footprint

Not so good handling

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23800

bodystyle

2dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

2

top speed

90 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

80 hp

torque

118 lb.-ft.

transmission

single-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11 in. front disc/8 in. drum brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

73.5 in.

length

106.1 in.

width

61.4 in.

height

60.7 in.

curb weight

2363 lbs.

ground clearance

4.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

7.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

124/108/94 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Smart ForTwo in midnight blue metallic color  2018 Smart ForTwo in Lava Orange color  2018 Smart ForTwo in Black color  2018 Smart ForTwo in Autumn Brown Metallic color
midnight blue metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Exterior

5.2

Engine

5.2

Fuel Economy

9.4

Features

5.5

Comfort

4.0

Interior

6.6

Driving

6.3

6.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Smart ForTwo electric drive pure

electric drive pure

power
80 hp
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
108 combined

$23,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
electric drive pure 2dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $23,800 MSRP (124/108/94) 80 hp, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2 NA

 2018 Smart ForTwo electric drive passion

electric drive passion

power
80 hp
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
108 combined

$25,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
electric drive passion 2dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $25,290 MSRP (124/108/94) 80 hp, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2 NA

 2018 Smart ForTwo electric drive prime

electric drive prime

power
80 hp
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
108 combined

$26,640


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
electric drive prime 2dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $26,640 MSRP (124/108/94) 80 hp, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2 NA