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Used smart forfour review

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The Smart forfour is exactly what it says on the tin - it's a Smart car with four seats for four occupants. And if that wasn't enough for you (sorry, we had to) it's still got all the quirky trademark features of the Smart fortwo, such as the rear-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and the 'Tridion' - an external safety shell that's a different colour to the body. Despite the increased size of the car, it's still got a super-tight turning circle, making it ideal for the city just like the fortwo. It was only launched in 2014 so there are plenty of used models with low mileage on the market.

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Exterior

In typical Smart style, the forfour is a cute, compact car that stands out on the roads. The wide, almost blunt nose of the car creates a unique look - which is exactly what Smart were aiming for. The curved grille and cheeky headlights add character, while the Tridion is an innovative touch. The entry-level Pure models have steel wheels, but the rest of the trim levels offer alloys, ranging from 15-17 inches. Smart are known for offering plenty of scope for personalisation, and the forfour is no exception with up to 40 different colour combinations for the main body and Tridion available in total, meaning you'll have no trouble finding a forfour that looks the part for you.

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Interior

The quirkiness continues on the inside, with a dashboard that's brimming with bold shapes and materials. Particular highlights are the fabric-covered dashboard, which prevents distracting reflections, and the three-spoke steering wheel with fingertip controls. Standard equipment includes Smart audio system, cruise control and electric power steering. There are six different trim levels in total, with the Prime Premium coming well-equipped with heated leather seats and steering wheel, a panoramic glass roof and Sat Nav. There are also optional equipment lines and individual accessories you can add to further personalise your forfour.

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Driving

The forfour is ideal for the city, as you'd expect. Its compact size and tight turning circle make it ideal for parking in tight spots and navigating busy urban traffic. In fact, the forfour's increased size over the fortwo is in many ways an advantage, as the longer wheelbase makes it more planted during acceleration and braking, while the engine being at the rear gives the front wheels more space to turn, providing for a better driving experience. The suspension is supple enough for a comfortable ride too, so the forfour is ideal for giving friends lifts across town.

Practicality

The Smart forfour really is suitable for four (surprise surprise). Despite the car's supermini dimensions, you can get four adults in comfortably. Small families will also be pleasantly surprised by the forfour's ability to accommodate child seats, as the rear doors open to 85 degrees, making it easy to put both child and seat in the back. The boot is easily accessible too thanks to the small lip and good loading height. If you need more storage space you can fold down the back seats completely flat, and the front passenger seat too if needed.

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Engines and transmissions

Both of the forfour's engine choices are petrol units installed under the boot floor, providing rear-wheel drive. First up there's a 1.0-litre unit producing 71bhp available with a five-speed manual gearbox or six-speed dual clutch automatic. This is nippy enough for accelerating away from traffic lights in a hurry and the shift actions are smooth. You might prefer the 0.9-litre turbocharged unit though, which offers a greater output of 90bhp and more torque at lower revs - ideal if you venture beyond the city regularly. Again, it's available with both the manual and the automatic.

The performance version is the forfour brabus, which offers 108bhp with a six-speed dual clutch automatic box. This offers nippy performance whilst keeping the tight handling, providing for an enjoyable ride around town.

Lifestyle

The forfour is perfect for city dwellers who regularly have a few passengers. Its handling and engines are perfect for urban driving, and its got the added advantage of decent practicality. Add in the extensive range of equipment and exterior styling, and you've got a fun little car that's popular with young professionals providing taxi service for their friends and small families alike.

The largest of the Smart range, ideal for the city and has all the usual quirks

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