Eco cars rated Smart ForTwo CDI
Smart's ForTwo is a city car you can theoretically park at a right angle to the kerb. But at 2.7m, it’s too long for most streets. Here, we're looking at the CDI diesel model in hatchback form - but you can also buy a convertible version. It costs around £9,540 after discount from an online car broker (it doesn't qualify for the 25% government grant).
The Smart ForTwo is easy to park, with a 9m turning circle, and claims an economical 85.6mpg. But in our test, it wasn’t much more frugal than the Golf Bluemotion, averaging 70.6mpg. Plus, it’s expensive given it’s just a two-seater.
What’s it like to drive?
The diesel Smart is pretty slow; you can’t expect too much from 800cc and the little three-cylinder struggles up hills or at motorway speeds. At full throttle, vibrations can be felt through the seats. And because of its short wheelbase (the length between the front and rear wheels), the ride is pretty bouncy. Power steering and electric mirrors are extras, which seems rather stingy.
Good for: City and town use (it struggles on the motorway and it’s a bit noisy).
Bad for: Long distances and anyone needing lots of luggage space or seats.
Environmental credentials: Very good. 103g/km CO2 (figures measured in the Which? lab test)
Fuel cost for 50 miles: £4.27
Everyday usability: Average (only two seats, which limits practicality).