Big­ger, Smarter, For­four

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The in­te­rior and tech­nol­ogy makes the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence even bet­ter.

The light com­ing in through the panoramic roof brings a happy, dy­namic mood into the car.

The new Smart does not have a CD player, but who cares?

Blue­tooth, aux in­put and USB are enough and are best suited to the mar­ket the brand is tar­get­ing.

It might be small, but it’s packed with big fea­tures such as auto start/ stop, a fea­ture not many cars in this seg­ment en­joy to­day.

Dis­tance warn­ing also helps the driver keep a safe fol­low­ing dis­tance to avoid an ac­ci­dent.

It also comes with rain sen­sors for auto wip­ing, cruise con­trol and lane mon­i­tor con­trol to alert the driver when the car drifts.

I also liked the mod­ern and retro look, the feel of the air-con­di­tion­ing con­trols and the park­ing sen­sors.

This small car also comes with 10 JBL speak­ers, which turn it into a mini­club.

One thing ev­ery­one will agree with is a car with so many ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy fea­tures, but with­out cen­tral lock­ing, is not good, es­pe­cially in Joburg.

Both the Smart Fortwo and For­four come with a 3-cylin­der 999cc petrol en­gine pro­duc­ing a mod­est 52kW, with a five-speed gear­box.

There’s also a 66kW au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with turbo avail­able for those who care about power.

Smart claims 4.2l/100km com­bined, but I av­er­aged 6.9l/100km with city driv­ing and about 6.1l/100km on the free­way.

The 185-litre boot space is not too shabby, how­ever; with back seats folded this tiny car turns into a mini-van, giv­ing you 975l.

Though there isn’t much legroom for adults in the back, the car didn’t feel small and squashed.

My wife and two kids with their car seats fit­ted Iike a glove and I sat com­fort­ably in the driver’s seat.

With pas­sen­gers, one can feel the Smart strug­gling on a flat road and worse on an in­cline, but the Smart For­four re­deems it­self when it comes to ma­noeu­vring in awk­ward park­ing spa­ces.

The steer­ing wheel is light, mak­ing park­ing in tight spots a walk in the park.

Driv­ing the Smart Car made me pay at­ten­tion to the com­peti- tion that ex­ists in this small-car seg­ment.

With the base model price of just un­der R180 000 and the top­spec Smart For­four Proxy go­ing for R212 400, the price is not bad value, con­sid­er­ing all its fea­tures.

It’s not a Toy­ota or a VW, which means your car will not be an easy tar­get for crim­i­nals. I guess the old say­ings proved true af­ter all: never say never and don’t crit­i­cise what you haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced.

The new Smart For­four.

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