2014 Smart Fortwo and Forfour Facts and Review – Smart has revealed not one but two new cars at the same time. This is the two-seater Fortwo, which has become a familiar sight in towns and cities thanks its compact dimensions. This, however, is the new four-seater Smart Forfour, which is aiming to be a posh rival to the likes of the Hyundai i10 and VW Up. Here are the five key things that we know about the two cars so far. As you would hope, Smart has resisted the urge to make the cars bigger, as many manufactures do these days, and this car is exactly the same length as the old one, which means you can still park nose-on to the kerb in town.
2014 Smart Fortwo and Forfour Facts and Review
The Forfour meanwhile is actually an extended five-door version of the Fortwo and is a slightly more conventional size. It’s about five centimetres shorter, two centimeters wider and ever so slightly higher than the VW Up. Now one of the most notable benefits of these cars compact dimensions is a tiny turning circle – the Smart Fortwo’s is just 6.95m.
To give you an indication that is from here to here. That means that you can pull a u-turn on most UK roads. The Smart Forfour’s is relatively small as well at just over eight and a half metres, which is about a metre smaller than most of its main rivals, so that promises to be agile at town manoeuvres as well. Now if you’re looking at a tiny city car like this then practicality might not be at the top of your list of priorities, but ease of access is still really important and the really wide opening doors on the small Fortwo – they come out at 90 degrees – and the driver’s seat is set really high up. That makes getting in and out very easy.
Once you’re inside it’s about 10cm wider that the old car which means you get a bit more shoulder room and it’s not quite as claustrophobic as it was before. Up front, the Forfour is pretty much exactly the same as the Fortwo, and the good news is that the back passengers get the same wide-opening doors and high set seats as those in the front. Inside it is marginally tighter than the likes of the Hyundai i10, VW Up etc, but you’ll still get a couple adults back here with no problem. What is less usual though is the fact that you get two individual seats rather than the usual bench across the back. These seats can also be flipped down to give you a flat loading bay and a bit more boot space and if you want even more room these seat bases flip over as well. In both cars the cabin is a big improvement over previous Smarts. It looks very posh and simplistic and pleasingly uncluttered.
You can get a touchscreen as an option but even without it these big gloss buttons and this slider down here make it feel a little bit more funky and uncluttered than its rivals. One of the big improvements up here though, is going to be down here. This is a five-speed manual gearbox but Smart has recognised the automatic version on the old car was really not up to scratch so the new version is getting a much smoother dual-clutch semi-automatic gearbox. To start off with, all of the engines in the Smart will be small three cylinder units, but there is a chance of an electric version Fortwo later. (2014 Smart Fortwo and Forfour Facts and Review)