When it was first released the Smart Car was seen as something of a novelty, but it has since proven itself as a solid, reliable and cost-effective city car with a growing fan base.
Mercedes-Benz, who created the Smart Car, have since launched a number of different designs based on the original concept for the Smart Car: Reliability, economy of space, efficiency and a low environmental impact.
If you’re looking to invest in a Smart Car, here are a few answers to some frequently asked questions about one of Mercedes’ most eye-catching vehicles.
Smart is part of the hugely popular Mercedes-Benz family of companies. They released the first Smart Car in 1998, but the concept had been underway since the 1980s.
Since then, over a dozen different variants of the Smart Car have been released, all with the same top quality build and low running cost that made the original Smart Car so popular.
Smart Cars are predominantly made by Mercedes-Benz in France, which means you can expect the same high quality from a Smart Car as you would from any other Mercedes-Benz vehicle.
A huge part of designing any vehicle is ensuring that it’s safe and easy to drive, and the Smart Car is no exception. Benefitting from Mercedes-Benz’ decades of experience, the Smart Car is a light, nimble rear-wheel drive vehicle, ideal for city living.
The Smart Car is famous for its ability to get into small parking spaces or around tight corners, and the modern generations of the Smart are no exception.
In a word: absolutely. With the engine – and the majority of the vehicles weight – in the back, we would always recommend proper winter tyres, but that’s the same with all vehicles. The latest generation of Smart Cars come with stability control and other features to help you navigate through snowy, icy or other wintery conditions, but with the proper care and attention, your Smart Car will always get you where you need to go.
There are a lot of variables here, but we can tell you that the newest Smart Cars enter into one of the lower bands for UK road tax, have a fuel efficiency of around 55.8 miles per gallon.
On top of this, the new electric Smart Cars pay no UK road tax, which is another expense you won’t have to worry about with an electric vehicle.
The new Smart Car is available with a completely electric variant, which is powered entirely by electricity from the grid. It produces absolutely no Co2 or other pollutants while driving, which is just fantastic.
It takes just seven hours to charge the battery from totally empty to completely full, meaning it can be charged overnight or while you’re at work. The range is around 90 miles, and there are plenty of new charging points springing up throughout the country to keep you topped up.