Smart ForFour 2004 Road Test | Road Tests | Honest John

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Smart ForFour

2004 Test

It seems to have Forever to arrive, but the SMART is finally here. And, as it#8217;s already got the public

The original SMART City and the Smart Roadster turned The Forfour does too. And the on people#8217;s faces say they one.

Most couldn#8217;t with a two-seater City (now, appropriately called the Most couldn#8217;t justify upwards of #163;11,995 on a cute but two-seater SMART roadster, much they wanted But they can start to think seriously about a full to five-seater hatchback that at #163;7,995.

That buys the 1.1 #8216;Black#8217;, a special launch to welcome buyers with a And it is. You get the same floorpan, same and same gearbox as the new Mitsubishi

And what you sacrifice in headroom you get with the funkiest four-seater you can buy.

It doesn#8217;t lack either, as an entry-level model. You get disc brakes with ABS Brake Assist, Electronic Distribution and Acceleration Skid There#8217;s power steering, front windows, a radio/CD a sliding, folding rear with a 60/40 split (though unlike the Colt#8217;s it remove).

There are oddment for just about everything you chuck at them. The coloured panels are all deformable, so shrug off bumps. And, don#8217;t first driving reports, as as you go for a manual, the car drives very

At first, the steering of the 1.1 felt a bit and … compared to the featherlight But I soon get used to it and found I push the Forfour a lot harder on It doesn#8217;t shout #8216;fun#8217; a MINI, but it can still run rings most of the cars in its class, the Fiesta, 206, Polo and

The car has the same gutsy 75PS engine as the Colt, which make it a sportscar by any means, but enough. And because SMART different springs and suspension for the Forfour, it handles better the Colt, with no tail at speed.

That#8217;s the base If you have more money to forget the other 1.1s and the 1.3s. Go for one of the diesels.

The twin-chain-cam 1.5 litre common-rail direct engine sets a new standard for diesels. It comes in two outputs: and 95PS, a #163;1,000 price achieved simply by reprogramming the ECU the engines are otherwise the same.

The Forfour diesel grips at the front than the 1.1 and, a lot more torque, feels punchier out of corners and roundabouts. still not quite as much fun as a but enjoyable and nippy enough to the Forfour#8217;s cheeky looks.

The more powerful 95PS sporty the first few metres I it. The steering was much more and I could feel the front clawing the road surface. The one I was the cheapest #163;10,995 Pulse on standard 14#8221; steel with 175/65 R14 tyres. Yet it was a

Quick and grippy when I it to be. Docile when I didn#8217;t. it is yet another case of standard and tyres feeling much than the marketing men#8217;s big with wide ultra low rubber.

I spent a couple of revisiting Cheadle Hulme I lived as a nipper and hadn#8217;t for nearly 40 years. Trying to the walk to and from school 40 years of town planning a lot of stops and starts, and the Forfour object at all. In fact the received its first compliment at the front of the school, from a mum up her son with a Jeep Cherokee.

She not only noticed it, she was keen to tell me she thought it was a really car.

I could write about the trim combinations, the as your arm option list, the coloured plastic panels allow you to change your car changing your car. But find all that in the detail

Just a few last things: Go for the kit that turns your car a phone because it uses a cradle adaptor for your phone rather than Swap your phone and you the adaptor. This makes the car to more phones than the incompatible Bluetooth kits.

A mere #163;80 buys you a lap and diagonal rear belt and turning the Forfour into a

SMARTs have aroused so enthusiasm that the SMART is now the second biggest one make car in the UK, second only to the MG Car Club. )

If 109PS isn#8217;t enough for at sometime next year will be a 180PS Forfour

And if you fancy a 75PS #163;7,995 grab one soon. Next it gets replaced with a Pure model with kit for the same money.

Finally, bound to ask, so I#8217;ll the question. If I had the choice between a Forfour and a MINI Cooper for the money, which would I go

It would have to be the SMART 95PS CDI Passion in Silver with the melon green panels like the car pictured in of the shops. Until I changed my about the colour.

Update A week in a 95PS CDI Passion my choice. I did about 500 miles and around 45mpg. Gearing in 5th about 28mph per 1,000 which is about right. a bit noisy, but not excessively so and the radio automatically rises to compensate. and grip on 195/50 R15s was good, eveh quite

The diesels definitely handle than the petrol cars.

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