The Smart Car is manufactured by the same company that build Mercedes Benz and on first impression, the thing we noticed first about the ForFour was how cool the car looked. It had lost that awkward box-with-wheels look and been replaced with trendy sleek designs. The two-tone paint job and funky shape made the Smart Car stand out and it was an instant attraction with fellow road users. You can’t escape the diminutive size of the Forfour, but at least it turned a few heads!
The apparent lack of size on the outside doesn’t compromise too much on the comfort of the driver behind the wheel. The interior is practically laid out with all the necessary bells and whistles to ensure that the driver is properly taken care of. It has Bluetooth and USB audio functionality. The majority of the controls inside the Forfour can be operated from the steering wheel, which means there is very little to distract the driver behind the wheel. The space for the passengers in the rear is compact, but manageable over short trips.
The performance of the Smart Forfour is neither here nor there. It will absolutely not win any kind of drag race, but it doesn’t leave you rocking in your seat to help it scurry up hills a little quicker. Because there is only a 1.0 litre engine in the manual version we tested, when you put the air-conditioning on, there is a noticeable drop in power available. With only 52kW there to start with, you need everything it offers to keep you moving at a reasonable pace.
It may be the moderate performance and superior safety that makes the Smart Forfour the ideal car for the younger drivers.
It may be the moderate performance and superior safety that makes the Smart Forfour the ideal car for the younger drivers. Mercedes Benz put the Smart car up against their flagship sedan, the nearly two-tonne S Class. In a head on collision, the Smart Car was able to withstand a brutal impact and protect the passengers on board. (Visit YouTube to see Smart vs. S Class crash test)
In the end, if you would like to drive something some personality, then we suggest you make the smart choice. Costing as little as R174,900 and offering German engineered safety, the Smart ForFour ticks a few boxes when it comes to safety and individuality. It really is a clever choice for a first car.
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