Smart fortwo Cabriolet
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- Lots of fun
- Easy parking
- Low running costs
- Not at all practical
Even though it’s probably the smallest convertible you can buy there’s actually plenty of room for two six-footers. The 220L boot is spacious for a car of this type and the interior is well laid out with big buttons and dials. Overall quality is good but the heater controls are slightly flimsy.
Getting comfortable behind the wheel will be a challenge for some people as you can’t adjust the seat height or the steering wheel rake and reach. All the controls are nice and light, even the standard steering without power assistance though you can get power steering as an optional extra.
The ride isn’t great though, as the car has stiff suspension to balance the tall body. Refinement isn’t impressive either, especially if you choose the 3 cylinder petrol which is noisy and tiring on the motorway. There’s also wind and tyre noise too so this car is best suited to the cities.
You can get the 1.0 petrol with three power outputs; 70, 83 or 101bhp. There’s also a 54bhp 0.8 CDI diesel engine which is extremely frugal. All engines aren’t the most refined and come with a semi-automatic gearbox which experts found jerky when changing up unless you’re smooth with the accelerator.
Value for money
All cars come equipped with air-conditioning, alloy wheels, Bluetooth, electric windows, front airbags, stability control and steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles. The cheapest cars are inexpensive to buy and to run which make them better value than the expensive Brabus model.
Not a lot of people will like the semi-automatic gearbox as it’s not the most responsive and up changes can be jerky. It’s also the most common fault in recent reliability records. The roof is fiddly to take down and put up.
If you want a fun little two seater convertible that can take you around the city and is cheap to run then the Smart is for you as long as you don’t use the motorway.
- Price range:
- £11,075 - £21,895
- 54 - 85
- Date released:
- 2007 (this is the 2nd generation Smart)
- Replacement due:
- Within a year or two.
- Model history:
- The smart fortwo got a facelift in early 2012, which will go on sale from April. Full details here: smart fortwo 2012 facelift- What's Different?
- Engine to go for:
- The 1.0 84bhp Petrol gets fairly good reviews
- Engine to avoid:
- The CDI is a little noisy.
- Other variants:
- To read more reviews about each engine have a look a the fortwo Coupe page, the engines are the same.
American car site, CarReviews, present this useful video review. They show how the roof works and tell us what they like about the car.
Zack Williams gives his impressions on the 2010 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet.
Great review of the Smart Brabus. Video from CarThrottle, well worth a watch!