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Smart #1

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

79
%
A

Used car score:

75
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

91
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

74
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

79
%
A

Used car score:

75
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

91
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

74
%
A

Summary


The Smart #1 is an all-electric five-door crossover and Smart’s first all-new model in eight years, which mark’s the brand’s pivot away from pint-sized city cars towards larger family car models.

Designed by joint Smart owners Geely and Mercedes-Benz, the #1 is similar in size to the Kia Niro EV and Volkswagen ID.3. This represents a significant shift away from Smart’s traditional focus on tiny city cars that prioritise urban mobility over everything else.

As a result of Smart’s change of direction, the #1 name reflects its place as the first new model in the newly reorganised company. A second new model will follow a few months later, which will be called #3. No, we don’t get it either.

Oh, and #1 is meant to be pronounced as ‘Hashtag One’. Yes, seriously.

Beyond the standard models, the range is topped by a sporty ‘Brabus’ model, that provides a considerable performance boost.

“The city car maker is back with a bang”, the What Car? team explains, “delivering an impressive electric SUV with a nice interior, good rear seat space and, in the Brabus version, outrageously quick acceleration.”

“It marks a turning point for the brand and there’s lots to like about it, but a poor infotainment system could be what undoes the #1”, says Driving Electric. Many reviewers agree, explaining that while the infotainment screen is very responsive, it can be quite distracting, and the lack of physical control buttons makes the system harder to use.

After receiving a set of rather mediocre review scores before the car’s official UK arrival, British motoring outlets have collectively given a much more positive outlook for the #1 since it started arriving on UK roads, as the car has been consistently commended for its high-quality interior and its excellent Euro NCAP safety rating in recent months.

As of January 2024, the Smart #1 holds a New Car Expert Rating of A with a score of 79%, which is currently one of the more impressive scores in our Expert Rating Index.

#1 highlights

  • Plenty of on-board tech as standard
  • Practical and refined interior
  • Strong performance, particularly top-spec Brabus
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Cheaper than its key rivals

#1 lowlights

  • Infotainment is touchscreen only
  • Small boot
  • Standard models are not that exciting to drive

Key specifications


Body style: Medium hatchback
Engines:
electric, battery-powered
Price:
From £35,950 on-road

Launched: Summer 2023
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Business Car

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 96%
Child protection: 89%
Vulnerable road users: 71%
Safety assist: 88%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Smart #1 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Smart #1 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the #1, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models260 milesB248 – 273 milesB – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models31C31 – 31C – C

When it comes to running costs, we don’t yet have battery efficiency and maintenance cost data for the electric Smart #1.

However, data exclusively provided to The Car Expert by our commercial partner Clear Vehicle Data displays that the crossover’s battery range is competitive with its rivals, and that its insurance premiums are fairly average.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Smart #1 has received

2024

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small SUV

2023

  • iF Design Award
  • Red Dot Design Award
  • What Car? Awards – Safety Award
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Small SUV

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Reviewers agree that the Smart #1 is a practical and refined compact family car, but its infotainment could deter some buyers.Smart #1