Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio Review

The Smart EQ fortwo cabrio is the perfect companion for busy city streets. It’s not the most comfortable city car, though, nor the most practical.

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What's good

  • Easy to park
  • Tight turning circle
  • The only open-top EV

What's not so good

  • Tiny boot
  • Expensive to buy
  • Bumpy to drive

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Overall verdict

What’s powered by electricity and helps with your tan? No, not a tanning booth – it’s the Smart EQ fortwo cabrio. 

It’s a tiny, two-seat, open-top city car that runs purely on electricity. In fact, it’s the smallest EV on sale and is unique, being the only electric cabriolet. The closest alternatives are cars like the Skoda Citigo-e iV, VW e-Up and Renault Zoe, but all three have a solid roof. 

The Smart’s look has changed a bit over the years but its same basic cheeky face remains despite a new grille and bumper. There are now more alloy wheel and colour choices than ever, too, allowing even more personalisation.

Inside the Smart EQ fortwo cabrio’s dashboard has a funky design that changes slightly depending on which model you buy. Most of the plastics higher up are of decent quality, but some of those lower down and the Smart’s switches feel cheap.

Smart’s touchscreen infotainment system is poor too. Its sat-nav truly is one of the worst on sale and the screen is laggy to use. Happily, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard so you can mirror your smartphone instead. Phew.

Want an electric car, but also want the wind in your hair? Then you’ll have to buy a Smart EQ fortwo cabrio, because it’s the only one on sale.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

The fortwo cabrio is a strict two-seater but there is good space around them for adults to stretch out. However, the high seat positions and lack of wheel reach adjustment means the driving position won’t be for everybody. Storage options inside are few and far between and the boot is also comically small.

Every fortwo cabrio is powered by a 17kWh battery, which via a motor offers 81hp, a 0-62mph sprint of 11.6 seconds and a modest 70-mile range. Charging to 80% via a 22kWh fast charger takes less than 40 minutes, but a full charge at home using a 7kWh wall box will take more like three hours. 

That home charge will cost you less than £3, which is around £7 cheaper than fueling the average petrol car over the same distance. 

Although the fortwo cabrio’s sprint to 62mph is pedestrian, the Smart EQ Coupe gets to around 40mph in less than five seconds, so feels urgent away from lights. There are few cars that feel so agile and maneuverable in town, too, but it’s small dimensions cause it to hop and skip over lumps and bumps too often.

Motorway journeys aren’t the most comfortable, either, and although the Coupe feels agile its light steering and bumpy drive remove much of the fun when cornering hard. 

As such, it’s best to keep the fortwo cabrio in an urban environment where it excels – bumpiness aside. It’s worth investigating the similarly priced and more spacious EV Citgo-e and e-Up first, but if only the quirkiest will do, then the Smart EQ Coupe is the car for you. 

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How practical is it?

Only two can come along for the ride in the Smart EQ fortwo cabrio and they won’t be able to bring much luggage, either. 

Boot (seats up)
190 litres
Boot (seats down)
-

The fortwo cabrio is a strict two-seater but there is good space around them for adults to stretch out. 

However, the high seating position and lack of wheel reach adjustment for the means the driving position won’t be for everybody. 

Of course, with the press of a button, you can slide back the fortwo cabrio’s fabric roof to reveal the sky and unlimited headroom in around 12 seconds.

Storage isn’t particularly plentiful inside the fortwo cabrio, with fairly small door pockets in each door, a poky glovebox, small net against the centre console on the passenger side and small cubby just ahead of the gear selector that also houses a couple of cupholders. 

The fortwo cabrio’s tiny boot is smaller than the standard coupe’s due to its folding roof and is only really good enough for a couple of carry-on cases.

You can’t, of course, fold down its two seats, either, so that’s your lot. Skoda electric Citigo is much more practical in this area.

What's it like to drive?

The Smart EQ fortwo cabrio has been designed for the city and is fantastic there. Anywhere else, it starts to feel out of its depth, 

If you live in town and are often on your own or with one other in the car the Smart EQ fortwo cabrio is such an easy thing to live with day-to-day.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

Every fortwo cabrio is powered by a 17kWh battery, which via a motor offers 81hp, a 0-62mph sprint of 11.6 seconds and a modest 70-mile range. Charging to 80% via a 22kWh fast charger takes less than 40 minutes, but a full charge at home using a 7kWh wall box will take more like three hours. 

That home charge will cost you less than £3, which is around £7 cheaper than fueling the average petrol car over the same distance. 

Although the fortwo cabrio’s sprint to 62mph is pedestrian, the Smart EQ Coupe gets to around 40mph in less than five seconds, so feels urgent away from lights.

There are few cars that feel so agile and manoeuvrable in town and with the roof down at lower speeds the fortwo cabrio shelters its occupants pretty well, but it’s small dimensions cause it to hop and skip over lumps and bumps too often. 

Motorway journeys aren’t the most comfortable, either, and although the Coupe feels agile it’s light steering and bumpy drive remove much of the fun when cornering hard. 

As such, it’s best to keep the Smart EQ Coupe in an urban environment where it excels – bumpiness aside.

 

What's it like inside?

Want an electric car, but also want the wind in your hair? Then you’ll have to buy a Smart EQ fortwo cabrio, because it’s the only one on sale.

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