The Smart Fortwo Coupe’s small size and distinct shape lets it stand out instantly in the market. Its styling is a step up from the first model, sporting angular headlights as the most noticeable change. Apart from its forward design, the ForTwo coupe also promises a nippy and fun drive along town roads, low road tax, an interior made of quality materials, and a wide range of economical engine choices. Unfortunately this model isn’t too pleasing on open roads when one has to shift through different gears.
The Smart Fortwo offers a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine in 84bhp, 71bhp, or 61bhp. All three versions are nippy on the road but the faster speeds tend to be sluggish with the 61bhp unit. A faster bet would be the 84bhp unit that can arrive at 62mph in just 10.9 seconds. All these engines have a speed limit of 90mph—a speed that’s quite fast given the Fortwo’s small size. These engines are paired with the latest five-speed self-shifting manual, which promises improved traits such as faster upshift and downshift times from the previous model.
The Brabus engine from 2008 emerges as the top of the engine line, taking only 9.9 seconds to arrive at 62mph fro standstill. The Fortwo Coupe becomes a blast to drive when paired with the sportier setup. If economy is your main priority, then the smaller 45bhp CDI engine from 2009 is the best choice at 86mpg and 88g/km of CO2 emissions. The CDI also enjoyed an upgrade in 2009 as it shortened its standstill acceleration time to just 16.8 seconds and eventually reduced its CO2 emissions to 86g/km.
Snaking through slow traffic is not a problem thanks to the Fortwo Coupe’s all around visibility and its ready ability to make a tight manoeuvres like three point turns. The Fortwo coupe also impresses along open town roads, able to resist body roll and absorb the sudden shift when changing directions.
Boot space is adequate at 220 litres, which is enough for those who only take the car around the city. This volume is much more generous than the luggage space of the MINI and is equal to what’s offered by the Ford Ka. Even the roof offers extra space at 340 litres.
Although the Fortwo Coupe is able to weave through traffic, it poses a challenge when you have to drive out of tight parking spaces. Steering becomes heavy and numb when going into corners along country lanes, removing any security on the part of the driver and the passengers. Front-end grip is also lacking when you go on wet roads. Brakes require an extra push for stopping power to occur. The gearbox also tends to be sluggish; thankfully the Brabush engine from 2007 has made remarkable improvements on this feature by providing firmer suspension and other necessary upgrades.
Visibility from the driver’s seat is impressive and the dashboard generally sporting top notch quality. But some parts employ scratchy plastics, particularly in the entry-level models.
The Smart Fortwo Coupe is definitely worth noticing against its competitors. The model has made significant improvements over the years to assure its place in the market.
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