Smart changes to save money

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

On sale now, from £8,780, the lat­est Smart two-seater hatch­back.

Prac­ti­cal changes in­clude be­ing able to open the car’s lower tail­gate us­ing just one of its two re­lease levers rather than both as pre­vi­ously.

Vis­ually, the front and rear aprons, side skirts and filler cap are now fin­ished in body colour.

A new up­per dash­board de­sign is the most strik­ing in­te­rior change with a full, fab­ric-cov­ered, in­stru­ment panel and restyled di­als.

The pop­u­lar 71bhp “mi­cro hy­brid” petrol unit, fit­ted with softip trans­mis­sion, now emits 97g/km CO2 – an im­prove­ment of 6g/km.

This puts the most pop­u­lar petrol and diesel en­gines in the smart range be­low 100g/km CO2. That means no London con­ges­tion zone charges and no an­nual road tax.

Or: A 7bhp in­crease sees the fastest Smart with 102bhp for 0-62mph in 8.9 sec­onds. Its re­duced CO2 to 119g/km is the high­est of any Smart.

SMART GUISE: The lat­est two-seater hatch­back.

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