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SMART FORFOUR 60kW EQ Pulse Premium 17kWh 5dr Auto [22kWch]
SMART FORFOUR 60kW EQ Pulse Premium 17kWh 5dr Auto [22kWch]
SMART FORFOUR 60kW EQ Pulse Premium 17kWh 5dr Auto [22kWch]
SMART FORFOUR 60kW EQ Pulse Premium 17kWh 5dr Auto [22kWch]
SMART FORFOUR 60kW EQ Pulse Premium 17kWh 5dr Auto [22kWch]
SMART FORFOUR 60kW EQ Pulse Premium 17kWh 5dr Auto [22kWch]
SMART FORFOUR 60kW EQ Pulse Premium 17kWh 5dr Auto [22kWch]
SMART FORFOUR 60kW EQ Pulse Premium 17kWh 5dr Auto [22kWch]
SMART FORFOUR 60kW EQ Pulse Premium 17kWh 5dr Auto [22kWch]

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£4258.44 Inc VAT (12 Months Upfront) | 48 Month Contract | 8000 k Miles P/A

SMART FORFOUR
60kW EQ Pulse Premium 17kWh 5dr Auto [22kWch]

Hatchback | 5 Doors | Electric | Automatic

£354.87

Per Month Inc VAT
Initial Payment
£4258.44 (12 Months Upfront)
Contract Length: 48 Months
Annual Mileage: 8000
Document Fee: £0.00
Average Monthly Cost: £436.19

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Price History

Rating Breakdown

Performance
4
10
Handling
6
10
Comfort
7
10
Space
5
10
Style
6
10
Build
6
10
Value
7
10
Equipment
6
10
Economy
6
10
Depreciation
6
10
Insurance
7
10
Total
60
100

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Vehicle Review

We're now well used to the idea of an all-electric smart fortwo. But what if you want all of that car's urban advantages but need more than two seats? That's where this forfour EQ model comes in.

The advantages of all-electric cars are well documented, but they can be expensive to buy. That's been part of the enduring appeal of smart's fortwo EQ model which, after government grants, can be yours for just under £17,000. It only has two seats though, which for some urban folk will be unreasonably restrictive. These people may well like the idea of being able to get a five-door 'forfour' version of the same car for less than £500 more. Smart is banking on that anyway. The brand has been offering battery-powered models for a decade now and here, it's delivered its most sophisticated technology yet.

Around town, this smart's driving characteristics are agile and lively, aided by an ultra-small turning circle. And on the open road? Well how does the thought of 0-60 in 4.8 seconds grab you? Okay, it's 60km/h but, thanks to 160Nm of torque in something this light, it's still respectably quick. 0-62mph takes 11.5s on the way to 81mph flat out. It's certainly brisk enough to be able to sidestep the brake pedal and catapult the little forfour off the line. That it does so without anything in the way of engine noise is even more impressive, the merest whirr of the uprated 60kW (82hp) electric motor accompanying a scarcely perceptible whine from the one-speed transmission. It's all very serene and makes city driving rather stress free. On the highway, you can theoretically reach an 81mph maximum, but this does rather chew the battery's range which, when driven a bit more sedately, can be eked out to up to 100 miles. An indicator on the dashboard lets you know how efficiently you're driving. Needless to say, you'll be tempted to gun it everywhere. It's too much fun not to. With all of the batteries mounted in the sandwich floor, the forfour electric drive has an admirably low centre of gravity and probably corners better than its petrol sibling. The lithium-ion battery's underfloor position is both thermally stable and good for crash protection.

No practical compromises have been made with this forfour model to incorporate the electric drive layout, so the recipe is much as it was in the (now discontinued) petrol version of this car. The forfour really does look like a smart fortwo that's been photoshopped into something longer and shares the smaller car's pug-like front end and the hallmark tridion safety cell. There's a lot of shape in the flanks, from the swage lines near the door handles to the almost Volvo-like shoulder line that's most apparent as it melds into the rear light cluster. Look down and there's a genuine concavity to the lower door panels, smart going a bit further than sticking a curved detail on there as you'd get on a Renault Clio or Captur. The cabin features as many quirky touches as you can stomach and it's good to see smart pushing the boat out a bit with colours and textures, including a technical mesh finish. At the price charged, this should be a car that feels premium and different to the usual citycar norm. It's still not huge inside, and the boot measures a mean 180-litres. The good news is that the rear doors open to 85 degrees (which makes getting in the back simple) and the rear seats fold completely flat, offering up to 975-litres of space.

We quite like the idea of the smart EQ fortwo electric drive model, but we can't really see why you would buy one when this five-door forfour variant costs just £500 more and gives you so many more ownership options. Either way, you get a charming piece of technology that works extremely well, drives nicely and seems a perfect technological fit. It's more convincing than a rival Renault ZOE at doing the citycar thing and makes vehicles like the Peugeot iOn and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV seem a generation or so behind. In short, it just works. A wider network of recharging points in car parks and service stations would be needed for vehicles like this smart electric drive model to really take off. That and further incentives to make electric cars more attractive to consumers. This smart appears to have the basics just about right though, and in urban areas particularly, it makes real sense.
Monthly Payments of £
£436.19 Av. Monthly Cost (Including Initial Payment)
Initial Payment: £4258.44 Inc VAT ( months upfront)
Document Fee: £0.00 (Charged by the leasing company)
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