Smart Fortwo long-term test review: wet and windy motorway journeys

After being dinged in a parking lot a few months ago, I’m happy to report the Smart Fortwo, smart again after having his rear bumper replaced.

I finally had the chance to take the Fortwo out of its urban comfort zone and into the wilds of East Sussex for a few days on a yoga retreat. This meant a round trip of about 250 miles on most motorways and fast a roads, so I was interested in how the Chip would face, and how stable it would feel at higher speeds.

I couldn’t have chosen a worse day: the trip there was cold, windy, very wet, with the rain, and dark. But I was pleasantly surprised by the way in which the Fortwo could, with a positive use of the accelerator pedal, accelerate up to the speed and honorably follow a fast-moving motorway traffic.

This is the most powerful 89bhp turbocharged 0.9-litre engine for the extra oomph. I don’t think the lower-powered (70bhp), non-turbo unit would face. Equipped with the auto ‘ box, the 70bhp car reaches 0-62mph slog in a bit over 15 seconds, while my Smart, with its soupedup engine, that it runs in 10.4 seconds.

The success of high-sided juggernauts at 70mph is something else, though. The Fortwo has blown about a fair bit and I had to keep a firm grip with both hands on the steering wheel. Despite the Smart to have something called ” crosswind assist, in his equipment arsenal, it didn’t feel like it was doing a lot on windy highway stretches, either, but I found it slow to about 60 mph helped a lot.

One thing I was not expecting to put it to the test was the Fortwo’s off-road capabilities. I missed the turning into the village and drove up a deeply rutted, very narrow, muddy lane with the puddles in the dark. Without the car is incredibly tight turning radius, I would have been really good, and a certain creek.

SMART FORTWO FIRST CUT

Price £12,415 Price as tested £14,750 Economy of 38.4 mpg Faults None Expenses None Last seen 26.10.16

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