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Smart EQ Fortwo (2015 to 2022)

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Smart EQ Fortwo (2015 to 2022)

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    The Smart EQ Fortwo (formerly known as the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive) was an electric city car based on the petrol Fortwo model. It was introduced in about 2015 and was in production until 2022.

    It was available as a hatchback or cabriolet, which has exactly the same dimensions but with a roll-back fabric roof section.

    The EQ Fortwo received mixed reviews from the UK motoring media throughout its production life, with scores ranging from poor to good. It received praise for its suitability for urban driving, agile and ease of parking. However, it was criticised for being too expensive and for having a poor battery range, making trips beyond the city too inconvenient for most people.

    The Fortwo range was launched in 2014, originally as a petrol model with the EV version following shortly afterwards. A major update in 2019/20 coincided with Smart becoming an electric-only car company, but the upgraded model failed to find much favour with UK motoring journalists.

    As of October 2023, the Smart EQ Fortwo has a Used Car Expert Rating of 46%, which is onw of the lowest scores in our database.

    EQ Fortwo highlights

    • Very agile for city driving
    • Very cheap to run
    • Will fit in almost any parking space
    • Fun to drive
    • Battery charging is quick

    EQ Fortwo lowlights

    • Expensive for its size
    • Battery range is poor
    • Cabin tech and comfort are poor
    • Tiny boot won’t hold much

    Key specifications

    Body style: Small three-door hatch and cabriolet
    Engines: single electric motor, battery-powered
    Price when new: From £17,550 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2014
    Last updated: Spring 2020
    Discontinued: 2022

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    Safety rating

    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 4 stars
    Date tested: December 2014
    Date expired: January 2021
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    Adult protection: 82%
    Child protection: 80%
    Vulnerable road users: 56%
    Safety assist: 56%

    No safety rating

    The petrol Smart Fortwo was tested by Euro NCAP back in 2014 and awarded a four-star rating. In 2017, the rating was extended to include the electric model, which required additional assessment to make sure it performed in the same manner as the petrol version in the event of an accident.

    The Fortwo’s rating expired in January 2021 and is no longer valid, as it no longer meets the current criteria for a four-star rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

    However, if you are comparing a used EQ Fortwo to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

    Eco rating

    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    The Smart EQ Fortwo was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

    The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so if the EQ Fortwo had been tested by Green NCAP, it would probably have scored very highly.

    Reliability rating

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    All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

    The Smart Fortwo has a reliability score that’s slightly worse than average, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partners at MotorEasy.

    Half of all reported problems with the Fortwo relate to its engine, with an average repair bill of about £600. Be aware of gearbox problems, however, – although rare, a fault of this nature cost one warranty claimant over £3,000.

    If you’re looking at a used Smart Fortwo, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

    Running cost rating

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    No data yet

    As of October 2023, we don’t have independently verified data available for the Smart EQ Fortwo. Check back again soon.

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