A car with a personality, introducing the Smart ForFour
The Smart ForFour is a larger version of the Smart ForTwo, being a five-door vehicle with four seats that offer more space and boot room. Its design is typical of a Smart with a rear-mounted engine offering more leg room in the front-seat as there is no engine at the front. The external safety shell can come in multiple colours; I am currently driving the hot red.
Its miniature turning circle of just 8.65m makes the Smart ForFour a perfect car for city driving, whipping round sharp corners with ease.
Similar to the Renault Twingo and the Smart ForTwo the ForFour has a couple of three-cylinder petrol engines; a 69bhp non-turbo 1.0-litre unit, or 89bhp turbocharged 0.9-litre turbocharged engine.
One of the great things about a Smart ForFour is the ability to personalise the car, there are three trim levels – Proxy, Passion and Prime - and over 40 different colour combinations to choose for the main bodywork and the safety cell.
A previous version of the ForFour was called off production for a number of reasons but this new version has everything you need to whizz around the city roads. Compared to the likes of the Peugeot 108 and Fiat 500 cars the Smart ForFour is extremely manoeuvrable, making parking in tight spaces simple and the 8.65m turning radius makes weaving through the busy urban traffic a breeze in the park.
The smooth steering is due to the engine being in the rear of the vehicle; this can feel a little light at high speeds but is perfect for urban environments. To top this the suspension in the ForFour makes pot holes and road bumps feel smooth offering a little cushioning.
So what car do you buy the Smart ForFour or the Twingo? They are virtually the same car but the Smart looks like a higher end Mercedes than a basic car with more kit and a stylish finish. Compared to its rival, the Volkswagen Up, the Smart has more space for passengers and at a better price.
After driving the Smart ForFour for two weeks I have enjoyed the quick nifty turning radius and for a smaller car it still holds its own on the highway. The electronics are all basic and easy to understand with no unneeded gadgets, and generally provides a smooth ride that can satisfy everyone. Overall an enjoyable ride with a bit of personality.