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Small, quirky and economic, when the Smart ForTwo was first revealed in 1998 it was a revolutionary concept, and arguably one of the most inventive and visually exciting cars to enter the market in years. Fifteen years and a generation later, it may have lost some of that initial quirky appeal, but it remains one of the most unique and idiosyncratic cars on UK roads. It's no refined motorway cruiser and it's certainly not something to take driving along high windy cliffs, but as a city runaround which is cheap to run, incredibly easy to park, and iconic in its design, it is hard to fault.
First released in 1998, the Smart ForTwo is today instantly recognisable for its tiny frame, its idiosyncratic style and its playful nature. It's no motorway cruiser, but for life in the traffic-heavy city, the ForTwo is still perfect suited.
Despite its age, the ForTwo design remains modern and unique - although cars such as the Toyota iQ have borrowed heavily from it - and remains an efficient, innovative and fun city car.
Designed for life in cramped urban environments, the ForTwo's primary strengths are its compact size, nimble ability and its excellent run costs. At just over 2.5 metres long it is far from a practical family car, but inside it is far from cluttered or claustrophobic. Despite its short length, the latest generation car manages to fit in a 220 litre boot, which beats that available in both the MINI hatchback and the Fiat 500.
The space in the front is ample enough for a tall driver and passenger, which again pits it favourably against some of its rival city cars. The lack of back seats might limit its overall practicality, but in terms of its requirements - shopping trips, A to B journeys - it is very well equipped and comfortable.
Where it falls behind its rival city cars is in its drive. Up to 40mph it copes well, but beyond that its compact frame and conservative engines start to struggle, which makes the ForTwo a car at odds with even the idea of motorway cruising. A 1.0 litre petrol engine offers 71bhp in its base model, but this extends up to 102bhp in the flagship Brabus model. Its top speed of 90mph is certainly not to be sniffed at, but maintaining this speed is hard; especially considering the effect of crosswinds on the dinky car.
The smallest diesel option - a 0.8 litre diesel engine - offers the best efficiency, with returns of an impressive 85.6mph combined, and CO2 emissions of just 86g/km. As the power increases so to do run costs, but even the top of the range 101bhp petrol engine returns an impressive 54.3mpg and emissions of just 119g/km.
An electrically powered version first released on limited run in 2007, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, offers a cleaner performance option, but requires a safe place where it can be plugged in to charge. A decent 70 mile range makes it good as a city runaround, but as a car which can compete with its petrol and diesel fuelled siblings it has some progress yet to make.
In the city its performance is good, and with power steering fitted it is easily manoeuvrable, offers excellent all round visibility, and manages a tiny turning circle. The ride can be a little bit unrefined - especially at speed - and suspension lacks the forgiving nature that uneven UK roads requires, but it makes up for what it lacks in comfort it makes up for in charm and being able to slip in and out of the tightest traffic jams and the smallest parking space.
The first Smart ForTwo was released in 1998, and is soon to be entering its third generation.
Although there's not much space for unnecessary equipment in the ForTwo, there are a good amount of options available. Here are the trim levels in the latest generation and their key features.
H7 projection headlights, lockable glove compartment with terminal strip, RDS radio with AUX and USB connectivity, ESP, ABS, crash sensor, automatic hill start, 15" allow wheels.
H7 projection headlights, lockable glove compartment with terminal strip, RDS radio with AUX and USB connectivity, ESP, ABS, crash sensor, automatic hill start, air con, 15" alloy wheels, air con.
H7 projection headlights, lockable glove compartment with terminal strip, Brabus styling kit including front spoiler, and sports exhaust system, RDS radio with AUX and USB connectivity, ESP, ABS, crash sensor, automatic hill start, air con, 15" alloy wheels, air con, LED daytime running lights, Brabus sports suspension.