2005 smart forfour Passion 1.3 petrol from Austria
Interesting, reliable and a fun little runabout
Nothing has failed on the car.
Only general servicing and consumables such as brakes replaced.
I was searching for something a little more interesting, as this is our 2nd car used mostly by myself for the daily commute. I enjoy driving and had my heart set on an MX-5 or similar, but was running out of time when the Smart came up. I also looked at a Toyota Yaris diesel, which is probably the most boring car ever made. I didn't want to fall asleep driving, so took the little Smart.
It's been a super reliable little car. Interesting design with a cool sunroof, and I rarely see another one. The car is well made with a solid Merc-like thunk of the door upon closing.
I think Smart intended the Forfour as a Mini rival. I'm not sure about that, but it has just enough power and handling capability to make it fun on twisty roads, and does inspire me to take the backroads every so often. As usual, a decent set of tyres help here as well.
My only gripe is with the steering. It's weights up quite nicely through the twisty stuff, but has a light, dead spot when driving straight, meaning you have to make small steering corrections more often. The steering feel in our Mazda 3 is much better.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th November, 2015