Smart EQ Fortwo Review

Priced from £18,150 - £21,265

The Smart EQ is the perfect car for city driving – compact, easy to drive and pure electric. The limited range will be an issue if you need to do longer journeys, but at least it charges quickly.

  • Battery size: 17.6kWh
  • Miles per £:28.7
  • Battery warranty: 8 years / 62,000 mile
  • Emissions: 0g/km
  • Range: 83 miles

Tom Says

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5/10

“Urban disturbance with limited range. The EQ is a great little city car, but that’s all it is with a realistic 70-ish miles of juice available. Still, it’s only got a little battery, so if you opt for the 22kW home charger by bp pulse that’s part of the deal, you’re looking at a swift 40 minute charge time.”

Ginny Says

5/10

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“It may not be cheap but this cute, compact, two-seater is built for city-living where it’s modest range makes sense. You can whizz around town, saving money on parking, congestion charges and fuel and it’s tiny dimensions mean it’ll get you into the tightest parking spots every time.”

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A tiny battery means the Smart isn’t great at long distance drives, but it charges quickly, especially at one of the new 22kW points.

  • Range:74-84 miles (WLTP)
  • Battery:17.6kW
  • Three pin socket (230v three-pin):11 hrs
  • Home/public AC charging 20-80% (7kW AC):3 hours 5 minutes

Range   

The Smart’s official range of between 74 and 84 miles isn’t going to convince any long-distance diesel drivers that this is the car for them. But for other owners who just do the average commute of less than 20 miles a day and rarely go near a motorway, it could be perfectly adequate. Like all electric cars, that range will depend on all sorts of factors and will be less if you drive quickly or the weather is particularly chilly. Driving in stop-start traffic in towns actually improves the range though, so if you are just doing short urban journeys you might not need to plug in for several days. 

Battery 

With only 17.6kWh, the Smart’s battery is tiny. It’s about the third of the size of the powerpack fitted to a Peugeot e208, and is even smaller than those fitted to plug-in hybrid SUVs such as the BMW X5. But the Smart isn’t a very big car so the battery still provides a reasonable enough range, despite the pack being about the same size as a holiday suitcase. 

Like most electric cars, the EQ has the battery stashed underneath the floor to keep it safe and to make sure the centre of gravity is kept low. As the Smart is quite a tall car, this doesn’t affect the passenger space too badly.

Charging

The advantage of the Smart’s tiny battery is that it can be charged really quickly. A full charge at home or a public point will take three to four hours, meaning you’ll easily be able to get to 100% if you charge at work. 

There’s no option to do DC rapid charging as it doesn’t really need it. If you are wanting a top up while venturing further afield, you’re best looking out for one of the new 22kW AC chargers which are popping up at public points. That’ll get to 80% in under an hour and should be cheaper to use than a DC rapid charger too.

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