Advantages Small, fast, affordable, insurable, cheap to buy and run
Disadvantages Too small for some. Not a family car by any means
Update - I loved it so much I bought one. This op will now serve as a pre-owning review, and I will shortly be writing a comprehensive review on the MCC Smart Passion in its seperate category!The Smart is a ‘Micro Car’ or ‘Road Legal Go-Kart’ if you like. It’s produced by MCC (the Micro Car Company), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Daimler-Chrysler group. It’s a marmite car; you will either love it or hate it!
I personally love it.I have really liked these for a good while now, and finally took a test drive last weekend. The showroom we visited was in Milton Keynes, and is just down the left hand side of the Xscape Sportscentre. Very busy it was too, with many people in and out, all very interested in this unique car.
Anyway we hung around and queued for a test drive, which was surprising, even for me, as was converted to the car before I’d even driven it! Currently the vehicles are only available Left-hand drive, this may put some people off, but given the car is just 1.8M wide, visibility really is not compromised at all. RHD drives will become available in November this year, but expect to pay £600 - £800 more for your Smart.The driving position is quite high in the car, despite its size. I was comfortable quite quickly and put the car to the test for 10 minutes, around a few roundabouts and up a few dual carriageway roads in MK. I was really impressed, the steering was so light, and the engine in the car (just 600cc but turbocharged) was very responsive and certainly much more springier and livelier than my 1.1L Punto! The engine is designed and built by Mercedes Benz, also part of the Daimler group.
The car is really well equipped even from standard so whether you go for the Pure, Pulse, Passion or Passion Cabrio, you really get a lot of car for your money.
On all models expect ABS, EBD (electronic brake distribution), 6 speed semi-automatic gearbox (sequential and clutchless). If you go for the Pulse you get a more powerful engine, which puts out 65BHP, as opposed to the 45BHP of the Pure.
If you feel brave you can go for the top end Passion cabrio which has a fully automatic soft-top, it really looks cool, but I’m not too much of a soft-top fan, given we only get about 3 weeks of soft-top weather per year!The car is really economical according to the sales staff, and this is backed up by the brochure and the on line brochure at www.thesmart.co.uk. You should expect 50MPG or more. Perfect, given today’s spiralling petrol costs.
Safety isn’t compromised on the Smart, it is clear a lot of money has been invested in the vehicle from the ground up. The car is only 2.5M long and as such is a 2 seater. The seats are reinforced, and the rear of the car has a special safety cell, which looks part of the cars styling, but is in fact helps the car to absorb crash energy in the unfortunate event of a crash.Prices of the Smart range from the £6200 mark for the Pure, £7000 for the Passion and £9500 for the Passion Cabrio. There only only six dealers at the moment in the UK, but I have been told this will increase to around 100 in a short while.
For a great independant owners website check www.smart-owner.co.uk~~~The ratings below do not all apply as I'm reviewing a test drive and my inital findings and thoughts of this car~~~
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