Updated electric Smart can be ordered now, will reach customers in March 2020

EV buyers in the United Kingdom looking for a small all-electric city runabout can now order the refreshed Smart EQ which is available with two or four doors. The battery-powered Smart EQ fortwo (available as a coupe or cabrio) and forfour don’t have a lot of range, but since they are destined to be used exclusively in town and are not extremely expensive, they might still be appealing to some buyers.

With a claimed range of around 70 miles (regardless of which body style you opt for), you won’t be taking these petit EVs on long road trips. The battery pack is quite small by current standards, 17.6 kWh, but it at least it can be topped up quickly via the optional 22 kW on-board charger - it can charge the car from 10 percent to 80 percent in 40 minutes, according to the manufacturer.

But even charging a Smart EQ by plugging it into a regular socket takes a claimed three and a half hours. Smart argues that even though the car’s battery is small, it should still provide more than enough range for typical urban commutes.

Both Smart EQs are motivated by the same 82 horsepower electric motor which can push the fortwo to 100 km/h (62 mph) from naught in just under 12 seconds; it takes the larger forfour a second longer to achieve the benchmark sprint. Top speed is electronically limited at 130 km/h (81 mph) for both.

Gallery: 2020 Smart EQ

The revised fortwo and forfour come with a redesigned front bumper and grille, as well as slightly changed front and rear light clusters. Smart doesn’t mention any changes to the interior, although it does say all examples come with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, seven-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Mirrorlink.

The fortwo coupe starts from £20,350 and the larger forfour can be had from £20,785. If you want the fortwo cabrio, that is available only as a higher trim level (called Pulse Premium) and it starts from £23,920. All versions are eligible to receive the £3,500 PICG grant for low-emissions vehicles.

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new smart EQ UK pricing and specification is revealed

  • smart EQ fortwo coupé priced from £16,850 OTR incl. plug-in car grant
  • smart EQ forfour starts from £17,285 OTR incl. plug-in car grant
  • Available in fortwo coupé, fortwo cabrio and forfour bodystyles
  • On sale now with first customer deliveries due from March 2020

The new smart EQ range is now on sale, with prices starting from £16,850 for the smart fortwo coupé (including PICG grant of £3,500; total price £20,350 excluding grant). The forfour is priced from £17,285 (£20,785 excluding grant), and the unique fortwo cabriolet starts at £20,420 (£23,920 excluding grant).

The smart electric drive features an 82 hp electric motor powering the rear wheels via a single-speed gearbox. All smart EQ models have a range of around 70 miles, while  maximum speed is electronically limited to 81 mph.

The 96-cell lithium-ion battery is coupled with a – now standard - 22 kW on-board charger, meaning that charging can take less than 40 minutes (from 10 to 80% charge) using a rapid charger, and can be charged in less than six hours using a home wall box.

The new smart EQ range features a re-designed exterior with new front bumper and grille painted in body panel colour, and new halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights and new halogen taillights. There are four model lines available; passion advanced, pulse premium, prime exclusive and the edition 1.

Standard specification on all models include multifunction leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors, smart media system (navigation, seven-inch touchscreen, charging station finder, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, DAB, Android Auto and Mirrorlink), acoustic presence indicator and comfort package.

The passion advanced is available on both the fortwo coupé (£16,850 incl. PICG) and forfour (£17,285 incl. PICG), and comes with 15-inch alloy wheels in a four-spoke design painted black with a high-sheen finish and upholstery in black fabric with double-stitching in white.

In addition to the passion advanced, pulse premium offers 16-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels painted black with high-sheen finish; brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs; storage net on centre console; and rear view camera.. Coupé and forfour models come with a panoramic roof and sunblind, while the cabriolet comes with a draft stop.

Prime exclusive models feature 16-inch eight-Y-spoke alloy wheels painted black; full-LED headlights (for the first time on smart); ambient lighting; automatically dimming interior mirror; heated seats for driver and passenger; and dashboard and door centre panels in black fabric and accent trim in black and leather upholstery.


Available on fortwo coupé and cabriolet, the limited edition smart EQ edition 1 comes with a specially selected colour package in asphalt grey; radiator trim in black; black high-gloss decals; BRABUS spoiler and side sills; and 16-inch BRABUS alloy wheels in high-gloss black with a red accent. The fortwo edition 1 coupé is on sale for £23,790, and the cabriolet is £26,210 (incl. PICG).

 

Model

Road fund licence (£)

Rec. OTR price (£)

Rec. OTR price inlc. PICG (£)

P11D value (£)

BiK (%)

passion advanced

fortwo coupe

0

20,350

16,850

20,295

0

forfour

0

20,785

17,285

20,730

0

pulse premium

fortwo coupe

0

21,500

18,000

21,445

0

fortwo cabrio

0

23,920

20,420

23,865

0

forfour

0

21,935

18,435

21,880

0

prime exclusive

fortwo coupe

0

22,650

19,105

22,595

0

fortwo cabrio

0

25,070

21,570

25,015

0

forfour

0

23,085

19,585

23,030

0

edition 1

fortwo coupe

0

24,145

20,645

24,090

0

fortwo cabrio

0

26,565

23,065

26,510

0