smart roadster Review from North America

2003 smart roadster Coupe .698 turbo

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission .698 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carCitroen Picasso


A delight to drive, the brakes have got me out of trouble several times, and it corners `on rails`!


Local dealership (not original seller) replaced boot hinges under warranty, very helpful, no questions.

General Comments:

Before my test drive, the entry procedure was explained (enter with seat right back, then adjust - always push seat right back to exit, leaving it in re-entry position) thereafter, no difficulties!

A smart car weblog suggested a water entry cure by the (very) careful `adjustment` of the `immovable` 1/4 screen.

The spare wheel is a `repair system` in the passenger footwell (but I would not fancy using it on a midwinter`s night .. when such problems generally happen!!). I experienced a `slow` and drove to a tyre depot expecting to get it repaired, but the sidewall piercing thorn meant a new tyre, and not `shopping around`, meant a `no alternative, non-matching brand` tyre!

I think the fuel tank is small, but the gauge is very helpful - most fuel I have bought is 31.27L with only 1.5L remaining, and 383 miles travelled - capacity is officially 35L.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2006

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review