Test Drive: 2015 Smart ForTwo image

The new generation of the Smart ForTwo is a truly evolutionary city car which has become way better than its predecessor. After being in production since 2014, the inautonews.com team has went for a quick spin in it.

Engine and Transmission

The tested car came with a 1.0 liter petrol burner under its hood. The unit is capable of producing a total output of 71 HP (52 kW) at 5, 800 rpm and it has a peak torque of 91 Nm (67 lb-ft) which is available at 4,500 rpm. Despite being way lighter than your average hatchback, because of the small engine fitted, the new ForTwo generation is not that agile. Don’t get me wrong, you will be able to squeeze through traffic pretty easily but just like every other small engine out there, it only works in high revs. This will affect the fuel consumption and the fact that it is turbocharged is not helping it either because the turbo lag is quite noticeable.

The 3-cylinder inline engine is connected to a 5-speed manual transmission. You might find it familiar but since the small city car is sharing a lot of the components with the new Renault Twingo generation, this is normal. The main advantage is that this is a transmission which really works, not like the old one which kept forgetting its job, but the on the downside, constantly shifting around in a crowded city may get to you at some point if you’re used to automatics.

Fuel Consumption

The car manufacturer is telling us that the average fuel consumption of the new ForTwo generation stands at below 5L / 100km in the city, under the 4L / 100km on the highway and with an average of just over 4L / 100km. As you probably thought, these figures can only be achieved in a perfect driving environment and putting the foot on the gas in the urban environment has shown me that the vehicle was burning 14L / 100km and the small engine has a lot to do with this.

Letting the gas go easily made the trip computer “stabilize” at 10.8L / 100km but I have to mention that a few cm of fresh snow have fallen in the days of the test drive and I still haven’t driven it economically. I reckon that an achievable figure would be in the 9L / 100km zone on a daily commute. On the highway, at cruising speeds, you will get close to 8L / 100km but achieving something in the 6L-zone means that you should drive it at 80 km/h or less, in fifth gear.

The Ride

As I mentioned above, the new Smart ForTwo generation has become a true city car. The suspension has been softened, the steering is improved and you can turn it around almost on the spot. Don’t expect a premium ride but if you have driven its predecessor and you will take the new one out for a spin you will immediately feel what I’m talking about. The small wheelbase is still affecting the comfort but it will not ruin your kidneys anymore. Despite being quite tall, the new ForTwo is highly stable so speed cornering should not give you any problems if you know what you’re doing. The only problem I encountered was on a few cm of snow where the back end wanted to see me in a ditch, so make sure you equip it with proper winter tires, if you live in a cold climate, during winter.

Interior Design

The cabin has been reworked starting with the steering wheel, going though the air vents and ending with the materials and gadgets. The test car had a weird white and light blue finish inside it which made me feel less of a man sometimes but all females who have seen it, my wife included, fell in love with it at the spot. Some of them even recommended pink instead of the blue but I pretended not to hear.

The climate control in the new ForTwo did its job just like it should and its red strips of light may have you pushing all buttons in order to make it even, especially if you suffer from OCD, so be warned. Jokes aside, I really couldn’t find anything wrong with the cabin of the city car and I even had enough storage spaces and, for the first time ever, enough space at the rear for a small back. The only thing which I didn’t like was the lack of space for my 5.1-inch mobile phone so despite the futuristic look of the cabin, the engineers should have considered this.

Some of the features found on the tested car included Bluetooth streaming, a multifunction steering wheel, cruise control with speed limiter, stainless steel pedals, heated seats, central locking and an audio system which made some noise, but not at the clarity I was expecting. Pound for pound, if you are looking to get one for your wife or daughter, go ahead and place a deposit but if you want one for yourself, take my advice and go light on the weird colors in the cabin.

Likes / Dislikes

A huge like goes to the ride, brakes, steering and maneuverability of the new ForTwo which are ages ahead of the old generation. The exterior design is quite appealing too and the cabin is now more spacious with enough storage spaces and even some space in the boot for a small shopping bag. The seats are extremely comfortable and all gadgets are working just like they should.

On the down side, the engine seems like not enough for it and turbocharging is not helping. The average fuel consumption is way higher than I expected and I cannot go over the fact that there wasn’t a space for my phone. That being said, take one out for a quick spin and it will convince you to place a deposit.

Tested Vehicle

2015 Smart ForTwo
Engine: 1.0L petrol turbo (999 cc)
Power: 71 HP (52 kW) @ 5,800 rpm
Torque: 91 Nm (67 lb-ft) @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Dimensions: length 2,695 mm, width 1,663 mm, height 1,555 mm
Weight: 880 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 33L
0-100km/h: 10.4s
Top Speed: 155 km/h
Pricing is unknown at this time (to be edited)

3.9 / 5