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Smart Forfour

(2004 2007)

Introduction

It came as a to many to find a smart was not only affordable but also a practical proposition. Until the of the forfour, smart had been a boutique brand, offering and stylish but rather expensive cars. The forfour was the company’s toe in mainstream waters and proved popular.

Many customers, with the likes of the Vauxhall the Ford Fiesta or the Peugeot instead went for something a little more personality and for a forfour instead. Used are now emerging and clever buyers can up the odd bargain.

Models

Models (five-door supermini 1.1, 1.5, 1.5T petrol, 1.5 68, 95bhp [purestyle, coolstyle, BRABUS])

History

It’s odd how a borne from financial can prove so warmly received. other examples – say with the Cayenne – get of prostituting brand values in the for greenbacks, smart’s dabble the mass market, the forfour, has an instant hit. What’s it appears to have had no negative whatsoever on the company’s brand

As a brand, smart have through stormy waters and a restructuring statement issued in saw the company cancel plans for a drive model and also axe the roadster and roadster-coupe models. an increased focus is being on the cash cows, the dinky and the forfour we look at here. The why MCC needed the Forfour so badly is in their profit and loss

The existing models weren’t anything like enough and the sunk costs that had ploughed into the Smartville it was soon apparent that way you juggled the numbers, the company a volume-selling car in order to remain a concern. MCC’s owners, were running out of patience and about for a partner who could this happen at minimal and came up with Mitsubishi.

60 per cent of its structure with the company’s Colt supermini, the is cost effective and appealing. production issues were ironed out and the forfour range, in September 2004, was initially with 1.1, 1.3 and 1.5-litre engines. Two versions of the 1.5-litre dCi engine were subsequently powered by 68 and 95bhp versions of fuel efficient unit.

A BRABUS version of the 1.5-litre as the forfour range topper in May and coolstyle and purestyle value appeared in July of that The last forfour models sold by the middle of 2007 as Smart reverted to what it did with a one citycar line-up.

What You Get

Despite its genetic to the Mitsubishi Colt, the forfour looks like a smart. The stance, the bulging wheelarches, front lamps and neatly tail light clusters are all design cues but closer reveals a far more conventional car the smarts we’re used to. of the personality that makes up a car as we know it has been in effect onto the far more prosaic

Put the two side by side and you’d the same basic proportions but MCC have done well the styling. The exposed frame is silver and there are the usual exterior panels. The interior four seats and plenty of with a sliding rear fitted as standard so that you can between optimising passenger or luggage space.

The bench up to 150mm fore and aft and tilts folds in half or tumbles out of the smart even offer they dub a ‘lounge concept’, an where the front seats and allow you to stretch out in the back. A person bench is also but by far the best setup is as a four with adequate shoulder

The dashboard isn’t what expect, offering a far more basic layout with a console, but MCC have livened it up some jolly colours and instrument binnacles so that smart owners will it acceptable. Six airbags, anti brakes and electronic stability are offered and MCC designed the car confident of a four-star Euro-NCAP crash showing.

Look closely and you’ll that what looks a typical smart TRIDION cell is in fact a series of painted panels with cladding fleshing out the look. The fit on early models wasn’t great (particularly around the but smart say this has since tightened up. There will be who see the plastic cladding as a superficial extravagance.

Others will that this car represents a balance between funky style and all-round practicality. in the latter camp, preferring car over its Mitsubishi cousin any day of the

What You Pay

Prices start at £5,700 for the first of the 1.1-litre models. Opt for the more relaxed of the 1.3-litre models and you’ll around £6,100 for a typical passion. The 1.5-litre petrol aren’t that much expensive, with £6,500 a realistic kick off point for an mileage 54-plated passion.

The models are a little rarer and values are so volatile that 95bhp cars are being at the same price as the inferior models. Expect to pay around anyway. The turbocharged BRABUS is worth tracking down, but need at least £13,500 for an example.

What to Look For

No significant have yet been reported. the service record is fully up to date and ensure that the car suffered too badly front bumps and scrapes. The BRABUS has a real appetite for front and you should check the tread before buying.

Satellite was an £895 optional extra and is looking for (but negotiate on price). Avoid higher 1.1-litre cars that may been thrashed as company

Replacement Parts

(approx on 2004 forfour 1.5) are reasonably priced for the forfour and you be able to get cheap mechanical from Mitsubishi dealers so it to shop around. A fuel works out at around £8 and an oil about £11. Original spark plugs are £6 A favoured conversion amongst owners is to upgrade the rather horn to something with a more oomph and this around £60 for parts.

If looking to upgrade the stereo, a DIN fascia plate for the forfour be around £14.

On the Road

The smart and the Colt a Japanese-manufactured 74bhp three-cylinder engine, a four-cylinder 95bhp unit and a 107bhp 1.5-litre Completing the line up is a German 1.5-litre dci turbodiesel in two states of – 68 or 95bhp (the diesel engine we’d in any smart). Budget-orientated smart get a 64bhp entry-level engine for purestyle and coolstyle models.

The range starts with the passion model with a version. At the top of the range sits the BRABUS model. As far as the mainstream are concerned, the 1.1, 1.3 and 1.5-litre engines are both well having and both feel brisk although the 1.5-litre sounds a whole lot sweeter extended over a long journey. The 1.1-litre car’s warble is fun in small doses.

will be glad to hear a standard five-speed manual features instead of smart’s sequential gearbox, although a semi automatic was offered as an The five-speed manual unit from Mitsubishi and the six-speed automatic is a smart affair. a good deal more than smart semi of old, reducing that and nod effect when it swaps

The reason for this is that the has been thoroughly improved and cones are used within the to prime the next ratio for a selection. As well as being biggest and most practical the forfour is also their enjoyable to drive.

True, the steering still has rather strange reluctance to centre when accelerating out of a but there’s not that heart-in-mouth of understeer the tiny fortwo suffer from and overall of grip are very good. suspension is offered as an option and it doesn’t do ride quality too favours, the ten per cent stiffer 15mm lower ride and big alloy wheels give a planted feel on the road been singularly missing previous smart offerings.

it even feels vaguely All round vision is somewhat by massively chunky windscreen and you’ll still feel rather high in the driver’s The brakes are effective although the action is surprisingly sharp.

The vast amount of customisation means that it could be tough to find a forfour in the trim/engine/colour combination you had in mind. If prepared to be a little more there’s a lot going for a used Our pick would be an early petrol or either of the diesels.

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