Smart EQ range prices and specs revealed

Smart has announced prices for its tiny electric EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour - some of the cheapest, most city-friendly plug-in cars available

James Wilson
Apr 28, 2020

Smart has struggled for sales in recent months, so it will be hoping this latest range of electric EQ models will be enough to reverse that trend. Details on the EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour have been revealed along with prices for these models that now form the entire the Smart range.

Prices (including the UK Government’s £3,500 plug-in car grant) range from £16,850 for entry-level ForTwo models to £26,510 for top-spec Edition 1 ForTwo cabrio variants. Order books for all models are open now, deliveries expected to commence in March 2020. Think that sounds steep for such small cars? It is, but with used electric cars starting from  £7,000  or just  £137  on BuyaCar, going electric needn't break the bank.

Smart historically majors in cute city cars with economical engines, but the manufacturer has taken the bold step of dropping fossil-fuel-powered cars from its lineup and now focuses solely on electric vehicles. It makes sense, because emissions restrictions are pushing petrol and diesel cars out of city centres, and that's where Smart cars live.

This is clearly what the manufacturer is thinking, because the EQ models begin to make more sense as easy-to-drive cars for urban driving, offering prices competitive with their closest rivals. Keep reading to find out more about the new Smart EQ specifications, prices and range and the rivals you might want to consider.

Quick facts

  • Automatic gearbox as standard
  • All models come with 82hp
  • Full charge in roughly six hours
  • ForTwo models priced from £16,850
  • Maximum range of 84 miles
  • Updated styling

Smart EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour specifications

These latest Smart EQ models offer plenty of equipment but even so, entry-level models are hardily awash with cutting-edge tech and compared to many rivals Smart’s models seem lacking in electric range.

There are three standard trims for EQ models, Passion Advanced, Pulse Premium and Prime Exclusive – all of which manage to sound like they could be products sold in vending machines in gents' toilets… The only restriction on standard trims and models is that the ForTwo cabrio soft-top is not available in entry-level Passion Advanced spec.

Smart is also offering a limited-run Edition 1 trim, but this is not available on ForFour models. As standard, all EQ cars come with a leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors, seven-inch touchscreen media system with sat-nav, automatic climate control, a digital radio, smartphone mirroring capabilities and 15-inch alloy wheels. Alongside the kit above, Passion Advanced also gets a smattering of safety equipment, including active brake assist and crosswind assist.

Pulse Premium builds on the above with a rearview camera, stainless steel pedals and larger 16-inch alloy wheels. ForTwo Coupe and ForFour models also come with a panoramic roof and sunblind. Range-topping Prime Exclusive models, meanwhile, get full LED lights, automatic wipers, automatically dimming rearview mirror, heated leather front seats and unique 16-inch alloy wheels.

As for limited-run Edition 1 models, they get a number of standout aesthetic tweaks which err on the side of sporty. Notable additions include some Brabus (a German car tuning company) 16-inch alloy wheels, gloss black front spoiler and black radiator trim.

Smart has also subtly reworked the exterior styling of its EQ models, bringing in new front bumper and grille combinations. There are also revised headlights and taillights. Aside from that the ForTwo coupe, ForTwo cabrio and ForFour have remained largely the same.

Smart EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour prices

Order books for all Smart EQ vehicles are open now with prices for each model and trim level shown in the table below. As a note, all prices include the £3,500 UK Government grant available on purchases of new electric cars.

TrimModel
Smart ForTwo coupeSmart ForTwo cabrioSmart ForFour hatchback
Passion Advanced£16,850-£17,285
Pulse Premium£18,000£20,420£18,435
Prime Exclusive£19,105£21,570£19,585
Edition 1£20,645£23,065-

 
For company car buyers, it is worth remembering that benefit-in-kind tax rates are calculated from 'P11D' values which reflect the list price of a car and not the price after the Plug-in Car Grant. At the same time, during the 2020/21 tax year company car drivers who opt for electric vehicles will pay zero company car tax, making this a quick way for drivers to slash their tax bills.

Smart EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour electricals

All EQ models come with the same electric motor, battery pack and single-speed automatic gearbox. In all cases this produces 82hp, which is decent for a city car and allows for a top speed of 81mph.

As standard every EQ model can handle up to 22kW charging, which means a 10-80% charge will take less than 40 minutes using a rapid charger (but around six hours using a domestic wallbox) or so Smart claims. Due to the different size and weight of coupe, cabrio and hatchback versions, claimed range varies.

ForTwo Coupe models have the best claimed range, coming in at 75-84 miles depending on the equipment specified. ForTwo cabrio models are next, promising 74-82 miles of range. Finally, the larger ForFour is claimed to be capable of 71-81 miles of range. These might not sound huge, but anyone planning to use a Smart EQ for regular motorway commuting might want to reconsider, Smart EQs are likely to be at their best in city centres or small villages.

It is worth noting that these figures are produced under the latest and most realistic economy testing procedure - WLTP - so they should be relatively achievable on real roads. That said, just like with petrol and diesel cars there are other factors that can reduce your real world economy and range, such as low temperatures and high winds, using power hungry in-car electrics such as the air-conditioning or driving particularly fast.

Smart EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour rivals

Smart going all-electric in the city car sphere isn’t as left-field as it first appears. Skoda and Seat produce two of the best city cars going – the Mii Electric and Citigoe iV, which have recently gone electric. Despite costing roughly the same as the Smart EQ models, both the Skoda and Seat offer considerably more range – from a full charge both claim to be able to travel around 160 miles before they die. They also offer a greater level of space and practicality, making them a more sensible choice for most drivers.

At the same time, a number of carmakers have recently launched models specifically targeting drivers who want an electric car for the urban environment. Take the Honda e for example. The e brings an appealing blend of futuristic design and retro styling – all in a package which Honda claims is good for nearly 140 miles on a single charge. There is one drawback, though, and that is the e is expected to cost from around £26,000 when it reaches the UK market.

While the cars above are some of the main direct rivals, there are also a number of alternatives if motorists are willing to consider bigger cars, more expensive cars or even those with a petrol engine. For example, the all-electric Renault Zoe is available from under £26,000 (including the £3,500 plug-in car grant mentioned earlier) and offers a motoring package closer to that of the popular Ford Fiesta rather than a small city car with limited electric range.

Several hybrid small cars are also on sale (or about to be). This includes the likes of the Toyota Yaris, Renault Clio and Fiat 500, so it's worth considering these, too, before making your mind up. If you want an electric car now, meanwhile, check out the best electric used car deals available now by clicking on the link below.

 

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