smart roadster Review from Australia and New Zealand

2004 smart roadster 0.7L 3 cylinder turbo petrol

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 0.7L 3 cylinder turbo petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres


Beautiful, fun and unique!


High pressure air conditioning pipes cracked. Common problem, so the manufacturer paid for most of the work.

Exterior door handle cable broken, so the handle does not function. Very cheap to fix.

General Comments:

Handles as though it is glued to the road.

Engine isn't the most powerful, but puts a smile on your face.

Cabin feels a bit cheap, but comfortable and surprisingly roomy.

You won't like this car if you are shy - EVERYONE looks at you.

Don't expect to carry more than a small backpack or briefcase in the luggage compartment.

Overall, the most enjoyable and fun car I've ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2009

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review