The 3rd generation Smart fortwo has clarified numerous of the criticisms of the first two versions.While many might still favor a four seater,you can argue an open-topped edition of the Smart fortwo can make much more sense.Could this be the most affordable new cabrio right now on the market?
In comparison to its predecessors,the newest Smart fortwo is something of a revelation to drive. Gone is the gearbox’s hesitancy,which means you no longer look such as a nodding dog as you speed up. The manual gearbox is nothing specific but its light,simple to use and no longer a source of continuous disappointment.Combined with the 71PS version of the generally aspirated three-cylinder engine, its excellent around city,even though the car goes out of puff very easily on the open road.0-62 takes an agonising 14.9 seconds,while hills will often need a down change or two,specially at speed.
A 900cc turbo-charged engine is readily available boasting 90PS and considerably more torque.This gives the 0-62 time down to 10.8 seconds and really should show a much more happy companion on A-roads and freeways.Neither engine can even deal with 100mph but that’s most likely for the best.A much enhanced semi-automatic gearbox is available but this makes both versions even more slowly to speed up.Thanks to significant strengthening of the shell, handling should not be too different to the hard-topped car.That will means lots of understeer and electric intervention should you push too hard.At least the turning circle is stronger than ever at only 6.95m curb to curb.
All of Smarts are available with alloy wheels,day time running lights,a multi-function leather steering wheel,climate control and a stop-start system.The leading trim level brings funkier wheels,heated seats and a panoramic roof while proxy versions get lowered suspension,sportier wheels plus a unique white and blue interior color design.On top of the usual airbags and electronic assistant,there is a crosswind assist,brake support,hill start assist,forward accident alert and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
The smart fortwo is usually going to be an off the wall option thanks to a relatively high price and the truth it’s only a two-seater.It really should also be stated that even though it’s much improved compared to its predecessors,the for-two is still a car that is most comfy around city.
CAR: Smart fortwo cabrio
PRICES: 15.000 USD
CO2 emissions (combined) 104 – 93 g/km
PERFORMANCE: [90PS] 0-62mph 10.8s, 96mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: Manual 65.7mpg
BASIC SAFETY FUNCTIONS:Airbags, ABS,grip control,stability control