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2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe

#22
in Midsize coupes
2017 MODEL

$23,800 - $26,640

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Overview

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.

 

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Pros

Quick and Immediate acceleration

Zippy and Snappy steering ability

Great space inside

Cons

Low Range

Cabriolet version is steeply priced

Interior Quality and Feel

What's New?

Cabriolet option with Electric Drive

Wider in dimensions


Features

Power

80 hp

118 torq

MPG

124 city

94 hwy

Engine

17.6 KWH cyl

transmission

Single Speed

0 to 60

11.4



Styles

 2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe in Lava Orange color  2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe in Cool Silver Metallic color  2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe in Autumn Brown Metallic color  2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe in Black color
Lava Orange

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Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe pure

pure

Fuel: Electric fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 2

$23,800

Configurations
pure 2dr coupe(1.0L 3cyl 5AM)
Seating: 2 HP: 80-hp
Torque: 118 lbs.-ft.

 2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe passion

passion

Fuel: Electric fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 2

$25,290

Configurations
passion 2dr coupe(1.0L 3cyl 5AM)
Seating: 2 HP: 80-hp
Torque: 118 lbs.-ft.

 2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe FORTWO ELECTRIC DRIVE PRIME

FORTWO ELECTRIC DRIVE PRIME

Fuel: Electric fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 2

$26,640

Configurations
FORTWO ELECTRIC DRIVE PRIME 2dr coupe(electric)
Seating: 2 HP: 80-hp
Torque: 118 lbs.-ft.

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 25 days ago

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.

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.

Trims                    

Pure

Passion

Prime

MSRP

$23,800

$25,290

$26,640

Key Features

Lithium-ion battery

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

LED daytime running lights

Automatic Climate Control

Two-tone exterior colors

Heated seats

Bluetooth

15” alloy wheels

Black leather upholstery

  Power folding side mirrors

Panoramic sunroof

   

Ambient cabin lights

Standard Feature List

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Tridion Safety Cell
  • 8 airbags
  • Heated seats (optional)
  • Ambient interior lighting (optional)
  • Regenerative Braking function
  • Crosswind Assist
  • ESP with ABS and hill start assist
  • LED Daytime Running lights

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.

Models

Smart ForTwo EV

Fiat 500e

Nissan Leaf

MSRP

$23,900

$31,800

$30,680

Battery Capacity

17.6kWh

24kWh

30kWh

Transmission

Single speed

Single speed

Single speed

Horsepower

80 hp

111 hp

107 hp

Torque

118 lb-ft

184 lb-ft

187 lb-ft

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.

Acceleration

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.

Models

Smart ForTwo EV

Fiat 500e

Nissan Leaf

0-60 MPH

11.4 sec

8.4 sec

10 sec

Quarter mile

17.9sec

17.0 sec

17.3 sec

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.

Braking

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.

Model

Smart ForTwo EV

Fiat 500e

Nissan Leaf

Brake Front(in)

11.0

11.0

11.1

Brake Rear(in)

8.0

9.4

11.5

60-0 MPH (ft.)

110

127

129

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.

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.

Model

Smart ForTwo EV

Fiat 500e

Nissan Leaf

eMPG (city)

124

121

124

eMPG (Highway)

94

103

101

eMPG (Combined)

108

112

113

Battery Range (Miles)

58

84

107

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.

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.

Model

Smart ForTwo

Fiat 500e

Nissan Leaf

Passenger capacity

2

4

5

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

39.7/48.0/41.2

38.9/49.4/40.7

41.2/54.3/42.1

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

N/A

35.5/46.4/27.6

37.3/52.5/33.3

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.

Infotainment System

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.

Cargo volume

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.

Model

Fiat 500e

Smart Fortwo EV

Nissan Leaf

Trunk volume (cu.ft)

28.1

22.8

N/A

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.

Model

Smart ForTwo EV

Fiat 500e

Nissan Leaf

curb weight(lbs)

2363

2980

3323

Length(in)

106.1

142.4

175

Width(in)

N/A

64.1

69.7

Height(in)

61.2

60.1

61.0

Ground clearance(in)

N/A

4.5

6.3

Wheelbase(in)

73.7

90.6

106.3

Track width(in) F/R

57.8/56.3

55.4/55

60.6/60.4

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.

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
  • 8 Airbags
  • Tridion Safety Cell
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Crosswind Assist

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.

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.

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