2009 SMART Passion Compact Car Review: Car Reviews

21 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2009 SMART Passion Compact Car Review: Car Reviews

FAST FACTS

1. The Smart is powered by a 70hp 1.0-liter engine.

2. Fuel economy is at 33/41 mpg (city/hwy).

3. A Cabriolet is offered but at a significantly higher price of $16,990.

If you follow the downsizing trend right to its end, you’ll find the fortwo, the tiniest four-wheel car on in North America. In person, a riot, and its itty-bitty dimensions you want to pinch its plasticized It looks more like a Tamagotchi than a method of

The Smart originated in meetings Mercedes-Benz and the Swatch watch nearly two decades ago to solve overcrowding woes. The first sold like gangbusters to a ready with shared areas and nose-to-the-curb parking; a million Smarts have homes since the brand’s on the basis of an inexpensive, fuel and efficient, safe commuter And yes, safety is right at the core, evidenced by the silver safety cell” that up much of the fortwo’s profile.

PLENTY OF SAFETY FEATURES

AND PREMIUM INTERIOR

Despite its appearance, the fortwo isn’t There’s full, spacious for two, decent in-cabin and a good-sized trunk above the engine.

The interior is a huge forward compared to earlier with a less frantic and a better choice of materials. that the second-generation Smart was with North American in mind, the new fortwo is slightly than its predecessor, helping to cabin space and seating

ONLY ONE ENGINE OFFERED, A 70 3-CYLINDER

The range is powered by a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder “triple” produces 70 hp, and the sole transmission is a automated manual transmission. like the systems fitted to far performance machines, the gearbox is an idea. in theory. Since no clutch pedal, it offers the of letting the system shift like a traditional automatic, or the push/pull shift lever (or steering-wheel paddles) to change up or

In practice, you’re lucky to a ride to the supermarket without a to the chiropractor. The shifts are slow in mode, and force you to back off the to help smooth the transitions to whiplash. Since this was one of the complained about ‘features’ of the fortwo, it’s obvious Smart thinks it’s than the rest of us by neither the system nor offering a traditional manual.

Rant aside, 70 horsepower farther than you would While acceleration to 60 mph is slow, about 13 seconds, once the Fortwo is surprisingly speedy and to maintain its 90 mph top speed with a little strain.

Highways, are not this vehicle’s forte, by the jouncing, bouncing suspension and to wind gusts. The Smart is more comfortable around and – if you’re not forced to change – is peppy enough to keep up the stoplight-to-stoplight crowd.

The payoff to unstressed motivation is excellent economy, hitting 33/41 mpg While those are not the stellar numbers of the first-gen turbodiesel, the new is still frugal.

THE SMALLEST CAR ON THE ROAD, BUT NOT THE CHEAPEST

The starts with the $11,990 Pure, and despite the low price, are some niceties like a leather steering wheel, instrument cluster and central with a remote.

The $13,990 is the range’s sweet spot, a panorama roof, alloy air conditioning with climate a three-spoke leather sports wheel with shift power windows, electric and side mirrors, and AM/FM with CD player. The wheels 15-inches in diameter but are now nine-spoke and include a tire-pressure monitoring

Popular options on both metallic paint, an alarm power steering, heated fog lamps and a premium audio with an auxiliary input Pricing varies based on and only the Passion can be ordered grouped packages.

The ultimate fortwo is the Brabus although despite the additional changes, engine performance is For $17,990, the Brabus features exhaust tuning, chassis and components, and aerodynamic elements. It features a unique wheel with 17-inch wheels in the to give the Smart a real appearance.

Other additions a full skirt package, leather seats, sport and floor mats with a helping of Brabus logos around the cabin.

For those in a top-down experience, the fortwo can be as a cabriolet with a powered canvas roof in both and Brabus trims, adding to each.

THE VERDICT

In terms of the Smart is mostly a one-shot given its compact dimensions and format, but there are other vehicles with only a increase in size that be foolish to ignore. The Toyota can be had for about $12,200, while the compact Accent/Rio twins now at under $10K. And they all power steering standard.

Much like the Mini the fortwo is more a premium with its high standard levels and excellent build standing head and shoulders the rest of the segment. However, you’re commuting in an urban daily or are thinking of one to purchase as a vehicle for your college-bound perhaps look elsewhere for a frantic driving experience and highway ride.

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