2018 Smart Fortwo Electric Test Drive Review

JUL 20 2018 BY MARK KANE 4

The smart fortwo electric drive is the only smart currently available in North America as Daimler’s brand intends to go fully electric.

It’s also the smallest and one of the cheapest plug-in cars on the market. This Redline Reviews brings us one of the best overviews of the smart ed. It could help you decide whether it’s the right car for you.

First, the electric smart looks quite cute and it’s roomy inside, but on the other hand there are some cheap materials, basic infotainment and the cargo room is very small.

Driving experience, especially in the parking lot and in the city is exceptional. The smart is so nimble, turns back on itself almost in its own place and the low-end torque makes it quick. On the highway however, at higher speeds, it gets louder inside and car feels a little tippy, ride could be described as bumpy as well.

“One of the biggest car fads to come to America about 10 years ago, the latest Smart Fortwo forges its combustion engine for pure electric only propulsion. Its short 58 mile range will still limit its appeal to city dwellers but its surprising amount of interior room and comical ability to turn on a dime will surely keep its drivers entertained.”

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This would be a pretty good first car for a teen, with a few additional tweaks. It can’t go far, it can’t go fast, it can only take one passenger at a time, your teen can afford to pay for the electricity themselves. But like any EV, the acceleration can actually be a bit dangerous for careless or inexperienced drivers, so “Teen Mode” with restricted acceleration – the equivalent of Tesla Chill Mode – would be a good idea.

I drove an ICE Smart from Paris to northern Germany (I forget the town name) to visit friends, just to see what driving a Smart was like, and I regretted it. Not that there was anything wrong with it, but you quickly forget you’re in a Smart because the cockpit/cabin just feels like a normal car. I could have rented a much cheaper car, or even just taken the TGV (French high-speed rail) for the trip and rented the Smart for a weekend around Paris. Those European tolls and gas prices really added up, as well as the extra mileage.

Double the range or more and I know two people that would definitely lease one of these. 58 miles is just atrocious for 2018. Let’s hope a big increase comes next year.

Won’t sell much unless they put a better battery in that thing. Also get rid of that dead animal steering wheel. If Tesla can have a vegan interior,why can’t Mercedes?🐮🐰.

FIAT 500e is far superior. It’s slightly larger and handles a lot better.