Smart Roadster – Review – The most fun you can have on the roads today!

13 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Smart Roadster – Review – The most fun you can have on the roads today!

Smart Roadster

Advantages: Compact, Efficient, Good Head-turner!

Disadvantages: Some faults, increasingly rare!

Let me by saying that this car was my favourite at the age of 13, when it was released. I can my grandad taking me to the Mercedes-Benz and lying to the salesman that I was just so that we could get information on the car (and so i could sit it).

Having joined the for Roadster enthusiats on (a resource for anyone interested in the I began pursuing my obsession the car in the hope that one day I would own it.

At moment i have a 2005 Smart Roadster Brabus Xclusive in Jack Black on my Almost definately the best and almost definately – notchback owners will – the best model.

The roadster was made to turn it simply is not the normal 2 seater car. Despite being for 7 years now – the roadster turns heads and I get people up to me to ask about it. The most prominent is the Tridion Safety Cell runs the length of the car and comes painted in black or stripped to the silver, not only does it the car look stunning, it serves a purpose too.

The coupe model has an extra section on the back (or as the community to refer to it as – the ‘greenhouse’) aids aerodynamics but adds to the of the car.


The Brabus has the best interior of all the models, heated seats with a leather dash and a silver The plastic inside feels better quality than other European cars It also comes with a 3 steering wheel with shift gears, general is to upgrade to a V6 Brabus wheel but can cost an arm and a leg, but is all that the needs to make it complete.

The heated seats are comfotable and can burn a whole in your with the heat! The driver’s is adjustable for angle whereas the one can simply slide forward or There is a small glovebox can house not much more an Ipod and the front boot

Two Pods sit on the dash which add character to the car and display engine and boost level – a talking point if you have a in the car! The Gear knob in the has a push start button on it makes you feel like you are driving something special. is a small car and you should not expect to all the room in the world, the width is restrictive and you will most be fighting over the middle but legroom comes as standard and you have to be very tall to find that you couldn’t the car comfortably (Jeremy Clakson it fine!)


Whilst perhaps like a fast car (and like it in the case of the Brabus) you expect a shred of speed to from the roadster. Whilst and Brabus have done well to get 101 bhp out of a 700cc engine, the car only manages to get to 60 in 9.8 seconds and other smart cars, is down to the simply dreadful Lag between gears will you extremely frustrated and is the largest of the car when you first drive it.

time however you don’t notice and to compensate for the slow all that is needed is for you to think a second or two to what gear you may (made easy by the paddle gears). Once in the correct however you will find very quickly over and the turbo does a treat of the engine.

Handling in the car is extremely the low centre of gravity, low weight and tyres make the car more adept at going round at speed. Look no further youtube for some videos of stock roadsters keeping with some very cars just because of thing’s cornering abilities!


The tridion safety is a proven godsend and if you have some of the smart car smash online or on TV you will know these things will you safe in the event of an accident or Not only this but repairs to the bodywork are relatively cheap due to the panels being made of and being split into


Most reviews on car on the internet slate the roadster for too impractical, this needs to be set With 186 litres of capacity in the you might feel like is at a premium when it comes to A large case can fit in the rear of the with little effort, the boot can take either a size bag or a custom made bag for the

Behind the seats is plenty of for suits (can be hung on rails that are behind the or even a few bags. And if – me – you travel mostly The passenger side is more adequate for taking anything up to 3 hold grips as i have on occassion.

On long journeys on motorways you do well to have cruise (can be easily retrofitted by a garage or MB) to make the journey little bit more comfortable. is a central armrest for comfort and the can get a little uncomfortable afetr 3 or more driving. It is the noise may strike some people the

This is a loud car at 70mph, to the engine bay and bad insulation but I find i can with it as long as i have music on.


Certainly the Ace card. 55mpg even the Brabus is what i can consistently get Super Unleaded (Shell recommended), there is extremely low also. The 35 litre tank can get you 350 until you should think filling up and even then set you back little more 30 pounds. Bagain.

Good on too – though i wouldn’t anything about cheap yet being under 25.


If come to this review probably looking for reasons not to buy car. You’ve either it on the street or you have a friend who has one and now are yourself that buying one is a proposition. The forum i mentioned is full of people like who have taken the plunge and looked back, despite the shortcomings and it is important to note no car is perfect.

The roadster has earnt the nickname since 90% of them will or have done prior to This is due to incorrect materials on the car as as poor drainage design on the Some leaks are just like the one down the inside of the after (very) heavy or a good wash. Unfortuneately is a leak which is the bane of owners.

The water in the wiper can leak onto the car’s SAM and render it unserviceable, giving you a bill to ge a new one. There are for all of the leaks if you are willing to put the time and in – like I have to stop them from

The wheels buckle on the Brabus. I gone over some potholes and have been lucky not to have this problem with the Brabus each new wheel can cost there is no fix for this unless you the wheels.

The ABS reluctor rings after time – can be put right by a decent set of rings available online.

The Air Conditioning another large fault MB continues to deny the existence of today, the Air conditioning will certainly crack or break at point due to a design flaw a permanent fix is in the pipeworks at the moment but a should sort you out fine.

Above are the most common with the car. You will about them before you buy it, it not suprise you when it happens. it put you off? It didn’t put me off at all.

The roadster is an individual’s car with so character that you will buy one as as you test drive one. can be the problem with finding one for as they tend to go off the market quickly! They are also very well at holding value (even gaining in if in good condition simply they are a desirable summer and they are so cheap to run – yet so

The car is so much fun to drive and just be in! It may not be fast but take it on an empty B and you will understand what the car was for.

Buy one.

Summary: A classic

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