Smart ForFour – CARmag.co.za

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Smart ForFour

The new Smart is funky, fun, easy to and well-equipped (for its price), but can it the traditional subcompact frontrunners?The new ForFour is funky, fun, to drive and well-equipped (for its but can it match the traditional subcompact

Officially unveiled at the Auto Expo in October, the Smart is currently being marketed via the Experience” campaign and CARtoday.com drove the new models in Cape

At R139 000 for the 1,3-litre Pulse, and 000 for the 1,5-litre Passion versions, the is the latest entrant to the fiercely-competitive market in South Africa.

One can recognize this car… It is clearly out of the ordinary, sporty and with five doors, short overhangs and easily-replaceable panels to deal with niggly parking lot dings. As is the with the rest of the Smart this model uses the Tridiron safety cell and colour concept with a range of colours to choose

On the inside, its relation to the Mercedes-Benz car is obvious. Many elements on the console #8211; the dials and changer especially #8211; are straight from Mercedes-Benz.

The specification level (available on the version) offers the most equipment. This includes air power steering and high of safety equipment.

A multifunction steering wheel with for the audio system, telephone, information and optional navigation alloy wheels and power are just some features on the with Passion trim The big 1,4 m2 panoramic roof is tinted, but has a shade to block out unwanted An optional electric glass is available on both versions.

Of the two derivatives, the 1,3-litre engine 70 kW and the frisky 1,5-litre produces 80 kW. the 1,3-litre cannot be described as the 1,5-litre is definitely the better if only for its smooth power

The cars are capable of 180 and 190 km/h top respectively and accelerate to 100 km/h in and 9,8 seconds. Both engines are to consume less than six of fuel per 100 km on the combined cycle.

The manual transmission is very though it initially felt soggier on the 1,3-litre. A six-speed plus automatic transmission is as an option on the 1,5-litre only.

Shift paddles for manual changes are located on either behind the steering wheel the right hand side accelerating, and the left hand to gear down.

All models are with ESP and ABS with Electronic Distribution, Hydraulic Brake and differential lock. The front anti-roll bar design and damper offer a high level of but also ensure an absorbing with fluid dynamics.

Three-point seat belts and airbags at the front and side the safety gear.

With equipment levels, engaging quality and gorgeous looks with the box-like ForTwo and Roadster, that is), the is lots of fun to drive and be seen in. whether it will have a impact on the market remains to be

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