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.

General Comments:

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

2006 smart forfour Pulse 1.1 from Switzerland


A stylish but frustrating and even dangerous vehicle to operate


Left CV joint needed replacing (replaced myself).

Needed a wheel alignment (did it myself).

Fuel level sensor malfunctioning.

General Comments:

With only 75 PS / (55kW), this car is on the slow end of the spectrum, but due to its weight, it moves a little quicker than what you would expect & it handles decently.

Rear & forward visibility at the D & A pillars should be a major concern, especially to those considering this as a first car. In such situations I would strongly recommend against it.

The ridiculously placed window switches, incomprehensibly slow changing (often clunky) semi automatic transmission, annoying blinker switch & useless sun visors without so much as the help of tinting across the top of the front windshield, really aggravate anybody who has been driving different makes of automobiles for any period of time.

In the winter, the door latches can also jam on you so that your doors won't stay shut!

All in all, I would recommend the 1.3L 95 PS engine compared to the 1.1 75 PS engine, due to its slightly better fuel economy and power, but if the 75 is the only model you can find, it's not that bad for 75HP. I have driven slower cars. This however is the slowest I have ever owned, & it was given to me. For others that are interested in the forfour, I would recommend you look into the Mitsubishi Colt from the same year, which was built on the same platform. While it doesn't have the same funky styling, it's performance & fuel figures are similar plus Mitsubishi had the good sense not to make the same mistakes to the sun visor, window tinting and power window switch placement.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2012

4th Feb 2015, 12:25

Interesting that you have the door-not-closing issue in winter - on my Forfour it was generally a problem in warmer weather due to expansion of the components in the door lock mechanism. A very annoying problem!

2005 smart forfour Pulse - Black Edition 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland


Recommend as a first car for every driver out there!


I have not had one thing go wrong with the car since I left the showroom.

Excellent car, can't believe they stopped making them!

General Comments:

Handles well.


Cheap to run/insure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2008

2006 smart forfour 1.0 from Switzerland


Great car. Really impressive


Nothing. Most reliable car I have owned. Ever.

General Comments:

Very reliable. Roomy for four 6 foot passengers. Cheap to run, insure and fix.

This car was bought purely as a local runabout. The main family car is a Mercedes A-Class. The Smart's more reliable, burning half the gas.

It handles like a Porsche. It seemingly begs to be thrashed. Minimal body roll. Sports car like suspension. Twice I inadvertently put it into a four wheel skid taking corners too fast. The car was completely control-able. Very impressive. The 1.0 litre, 64hp three cylinder screams like an old Fiat.

When you are done driving like a maniac, you can load the car with kids and be a responsible adult. The car has very quick steering and very effective brakes. It is very easy to park due to its short wheelbase.

I have loaded up the car with four adults six feet tall, and been able to cruise at 130km an hour effortlessly. Fuel consumption is also impressive. It costs me roughly GBP30 every two weeks.

Great visibility.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th April, 2008

18th Mar 2011, 08:38

Here's an update in March 2011. The car has 64,000km on it, and it continues to be a very reliable car. Annual servicing cost is an average of $300. Well engineered car.