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Smart EQ Fortwo

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Summary


The Smart EQ Fortwo (formerly known as the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive) is an electric city car based on the petrol Fortwo model. It is available as a hatchback or cabriolet, which has exactly the same dimensions but with a removable roof section.

The EQ Fortwo has received mixed reviews from the UK motoring media, with scores ranging from poor to good. It has received praise for its suitability for urban driving, being agile and easy to park. However, it has been criticised for being expensive and having a poor range, making trips beyond the city impossible to undertake.

The current-generation Fortwo was launched in 2014, and a major update in 2019/20 also coincided with Smart becoming an electric-only car company. However, the upgraded model has failed to find much favour with UK motoring journalists, with its Expert Rating hitting a new low of 44% in December 2021.

EQ Fourtwo highlights

  • Agile and easy to park
  • Cheap running costs
  • Improved interior trim
  • Fun to drive
  • Battery charging is quick

EQ Fourtwo lowlights

  • Expensive for its size
  • Battery range is nothing special
  • On-board tech does not impress
  • Polarising exterior design
  • Small amount of boot space

Key specifications


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

Launched: Autumn 2014
Last updated: Spring 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Motoring Research

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The petrol Smart Fortwo was tested by Euro NCAP way 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 th eevent 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The Fortwo’s rating expired in January 2021 and is no longer valid, as it no longer meets the current criteria for a four-star rating.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Smart EQ Fourtwo has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP.

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 the EQ Fortwo is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing if it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

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Smart EQ FortwoThe Smart EQ Fortwo has had mixed reviews, with praise for its agility and ease of parking but criticism for its high price and poor range.