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2017 Smart Fortwo Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Smart Fortwo was new.


Performance: 7.6

The 2017 Smart Fortwo offers decent performance for its intended purpose as a city car. Though the engine doesn’t provide much power, the car has a nimble suspension and a small turning radius, which makes it easy to maneuver.

  • "Sporty the Fortwo is not, but it is agile and zippy." -- Car and Driver
  • "… maybe the soft-top version of this third-gen Smart has improved to the point of qualifying as reasonable transportation in its own right, because I kind of liked driving this one." -- Motor Trend
  • While it certainly does make wheeling around tiny European city streets quite a blast, taking it on a long-haul cross-country trip in the U.S. would be doable, but beyond its intended use." -- Yahoo Autos

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 Fortwo is equipped with a 0.9-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that produces 89 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is optional. According to the EPA, the Fortwo gets up to 33 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class.

The Fortwo has just enough power for city driving but can feel underpowered on the highway or when in need of quick acceleration.

  • "… the low horsepower definitely left one without much margin for merging or overtaking. In the Smart Fortwo Cabrio you won’t be riding in the fast lane all that much – passing can be difficult, especially considering that the top speed on the little auto is just 96 mph." -- Yahoo Autos
  • The Fortwo doesn't zip from light to light, but it does offer agreeable performance if you're willing to trundle from place to place in the city." -- Cars.com (2016)
  • "Acceleration is sluggish, and it's compounded by a distinct delay of full acceleration after you floor the gas pedal." -- Edmunds (2016)

Handling and Braking

The handling capabilities of the Fortwo are enjoyable, specifically its tight turning and quick response. Its small turning radius lends itself to fitting in otherwise unusable parking spots. The suspension also feels stable, with little body lean. A standard Crosswind Assist feature helps stabilize the Fortwo when moving at highway speeds.

  • "The packaging allows for great maneuverability in the harrowing driving situations you'll find in a busy city, to the tune of 23-foot turning circles. It's especially practical in situations where you have to turn around in a city, or want to make yourself dizzy in an empty lot." -- Autoweek
  • "The suspension is both more comfortable and more stable-feeling than before, with much less body roll and more positive reactions to driver inputs. The newly electrically assisted steering is light in weight and feedback but has a quicker ratio than before and is accurate." -- Car and Driver
  • "The steering is direct and quick to respond when dodging pedestrians and traffic." -- Yahoo Autos

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