Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Is Not The Ideal City EV You’d Expect

The 2018 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive may look funky and come with a zero-emission powertrain, but it does have its flaws.

According to, who took the all-electric city car out for a short drive, the rear-mounted electric motor, with its 80hp (81PS / 60kW) and 118lb-ft (160Nm) of torque, fails to impress.

First of all, it may have sufficient power for urban driving, but it seems that users simply cannot enjoy the instant throttle response that’s expected of an electric powertrain.

Then comes the problem of the very short wheelbase, which makes driving through potholes or over speedbumps a very shaky experience.

The starting price in Canada won’t earn it too many fans, either. The base Cabriolet can be had from CAD $32,050 (USD $24,383), while the test car came at CAD $34,890 (USD $26,543).

Also Watch: Who Knew That An Electric Smart Could Be So Much Fun

Surely, not everything’s a disaster. The ForTwo Electric Drive is actually quite fun to drive, if the road surface is even. It’s not narrow, either, so it can corner pretty good, and that short wheelbase that may ruin the driving experience for some, makes it extremely easy to maneuver and park.

The small electric car can sit two people inside with enough headroom and legroom, and it will also take some light luggage, too, behind the seats.

So, what’s the verdict? Well, you know what you have to do to find out.


  • Sébastien

    Potholes in cities? Why blame the car, blame the city.
    Those Smart are everywhere in Paris, quite appropriately. And 80hp gets you fast enough (130kph) for such a tiny car.

  • Six_Tymes

    “smart car” for idiots

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