Smart ForTwo is one of that little ape of the concrete jungle. Having fun, cute and tiny dimensions which is matched by no one. The car has just the right zing with diminutive dimensions and electric drive for the escapades in the city.
There’s enough power for the streets, with 80 hp Electric Drive Motor. It has the ability to charge up in 3 hours on a 240V charging outlet. The acceleration from start still is impressive. The range though, is a questionable aspect.
There’s enough power for the streets, with 80 hp Electric Drive Motor. It has the ability to charge up in 3 hours on a 240V charging outlet. The acceleration from start still is impressive. The range though is a questionable aspect.
The latest addition to the Electric Drive is Cabriolet version at $29,000, with a motorized foldable fabric roof that stows away in the boot. Its roof bars can be further removed and stored in a surprisingly spacious trunk.
2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe Features
Trim levels are in succession, namely: Pure, Passion and Prime. While Coupe version starts from $23,900. Cabriolet start at a little steep: $28,000. Only the upper two trims are offered in Cabriolet version: Passion and Prime.
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
LED daytime running lights
Automatic Climate Control
Two-tone exterior colors
15” alloy wheels
Black leather upholstery
Power folding side mirrors
Ambient cabin lights
Standard Feature List
Tridion Safety Cell
Heated seats (optional)
Ambient interior lighting (optional)
Regenerative Braking function
ESP with ABS and hill start assist
LED Daytime Running lights
2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe Engine
“It’s livelier than its 81-horsepower rating would suggest.” - Motor1.com
Engine and Transmission
Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is powered by 81 hp electric motor propelling the rear wheels with the effective torque of 118 lb-ft from zero rpm. Top Speed is limited to 81 mph to optimize the effective range of the battery. 0 to 60 mph comes up in 11.5 seconds. The most fun part is the kind of surge it has till 30 mph.
Smart ForTwo EV
Smart ForTwo and Nissan Leaf here could be more sprightly. 500e beats both of them in the terms of fun and driver’s engagement with the car.
ForTwo has quite a quick start off the line. The car does struggle after hitting 30 mph. It shows up quite imminently in its 0-60mph time.
Smart ForTwo EV
The Leaf has been long needing a powertrain upgrade, the weight of the car doesn’t help it further. Fiat here is fast and almost feels like its gasoline-powered cousin, the 500. The ForTwo is good for the city but such 0-60 mph, we’ll suggest you avoid highway runs on it.
The car is a hoot to drive in tight city spaces. The 15” wheels on the extreme corners gives the right kind of expanse to 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.
Smart ForTwo EV
60-0 MPH (ft.)
Brakes on the Smart ForTwo for the weight it possesses are little underperforming. The Fiat 500e impresses in this case. Nissan’s additional weight make it take the most distance out of all to stop.
2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe Fuel Economy
The 96 cell lithium-ion battery is situated under seat in the ForTwo. Smart claims 2 to 3 hours of full charge at 240V. 120 V from household stretches this to over 16 hours. Claimed range of the ForTwo is 58 miles.
Smart ForTwo EV
Battery Range (Miles)
Thanks to Nissan Leaf 30kWh battery pack being optimized very efficiently, it provides a range of over 107 miles. Fiat impresses with performance but not much with range. ForTwo is very limited by the range it offers. It should only 4ebe confined to the city our team believes.
2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe Interior
“The interior is much roomier than before but largely unchanged from the gasoline-powered Smart, excepting an additional gauge with a charge indicator and a battery-status display.” -Car and Driver
The Smart has pleasantly designed interiors. It does come with a lot of options and fabric color for the upholstery. They are further enhanced by accented ambient lighting. But the materials feel very plasticky and the switchgear isn’t up to the mark. There are plenty of storage spaces but they aren’t sized right.
Seating and Comfort
Seating is very comfortable in the ForTwo. One cannot judge the kind of space and ergonomics it offers. There’s enough head and shoulder room. Putting down fabric roof down in cabriolet version gives a better sense of spaciousness inside. For a similar experience in the Coupe version, they offer panoramic roof as an option.
The crashy suspension, makes you feel the smallest of bumps. The quick direction changing ability ruins it even further. Overall it is fun looking inside as it is outside.
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
There’s not as such of the problem in the comfort of the seats. Just because of a less plush suspension the competition i.e. 500e and Leaf, feel far better in the ride.
The infotainment system is aptly featured with Bluetooth connectivity and the system itself can be controlled from the steering wheel. An extra dial sticking out from the dash gives a readout about the battery life.
There’s enough cargo volume in Smart Fortwo to do city chores with ease. The charger cord in the boot eats up a little space. Smart interestingly have split opening tailgate that can be further used as a bench. The lower bench has a further lid where you can store in more.
Smart Fortwo EV
Trunk volume (cu.ft)
2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe Exterior
“The new model looks beefier than the outgoing one, and there are myriad individualization options: The range of colors is vast, and the Tridion safety cell—a part of the unibody that’s made visible through the sheetmetal—can be painted to match the rest of the car or in a contrasting color.” -Car and Driver
Dimensions and Weight
Smart ForTwo has always been the ones to stick to the micro-mini dimensions. They still were able to make it look wider and boxy than the model it replaces. The range of colors and individual options are vast. The body color is in contrast with the Tridion safety cell creates an interesting theme.
Smart ForTwo EV
Track width(in) F/R
Leaf is the properly sized car here that can easily seat 5. Fiat 500e is of the same dimensions as the gasoline-powered version of 500. But Smart here undercuts any possible popular hatchback dimension.
2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe Safety
Smart has few pro-active safety features. Its frame is based on “Tridion steel safety shell”. A small energy-absorbing crumple zone at the front of the car lessens impacts.
Anti-Lock Braking System
Tridion Safety Cell
Electronic Stability Program
Hill Start Assist
2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe Competition
Smart ForTwo Drive vs. Fiat 500e
Fiat is far more fun and zippy car than Smart ForTwo. And it almost feels like the gasoline powered 500. If you can stretch up to 7 grand more. 500e is a better option. It even has a tad more range than offer.
Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vs. Nissan Leaf
If Smart is a city car the Leaf is a quintessential Electric Family car. A very practical buy we must say. Nissan Leaf awaits a long needed update. Unless you can wait for the Leaf coming next year this is still a practical buy.
2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe Final Verdict
Smart ForTwo now is zingier with that electric drive. Even more so than its slow shifting petrol version. You can park this thing 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. It's fun and chic looks grabs eyes. Just its range and average performance is one concern. If you can overlook that part and if the city is your jungle. This is the car for you.
Quick and Immediate acceleration
Zippy and Snappy steering ability
Great space inside
Cabriolet version is steeply priced
Interior Quality and Feel
Cabriolet option with Electric Drive
Wider in dimensions
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