Smart Forfour

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How much does the Smart Forfour cost to run?

The 1.0L petrol is the most economical Smart Forfour to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Smart Forfour 1.0L petrol is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does just over 67 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in petrol every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Peugeot 208 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Audi A1 1.0L petrol.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 2, which is lower than the Dacia Sandero 1.0L petrol, but higher than the Hyundai I10 1.0L petrol. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Ford KA+ has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model0.9L petrol1.0L petrol
mpg61.4 - 67.367.3
emissions98 - 10496 - 97
tax£0.00 - £20.00£0.00
insuranceGroup 8 - 11Group 1 - 3

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Smart Forfour: How big is the boot?

The Smart Forfour has a below average boot space (185 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair. Alternatively you could load up with one large bag or one cabin bag instead.

Worth knowing, the Skoda Fabia estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 3 large bags with its 515 litres.

Is the Smart Forfour easy to park?

While not the absolute narrowest car (that is the Hyundai I10), this is in the top third for ease of parking in car parks. Given a typical supermarket space, it will fill 69% of the space.

If the pressure of street parking gets to you, then this is the car to buy. It is shorter than anything else in its class, giving you a healthy 1303mm gap in the space to manoeuvre the car.

Which Smart Forfour has the best performance?

The fastest Smart Forfour from 0-60, is the 0.9L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 170 lbs/ft torque and 109 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 10.5 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Citroen DS3 1.6L diesel, which will beat your Smart Forfour to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model0.9L petrol1.0L petrol
zeroTo6210.5 - 11.915.9 - 16.9
torque135 - 17091
bhp90 - 10971