2008 Smart Fortwo Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 smart fortwo - Road Test Specs

2008 smart fortwo Hatchback

(1.0L 3-cyl. 5-speed Automated Manual)


Model year2008
StylePassion 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl 5AM)
Base MSRP$13,590
Options on test vehicleElectric Power Steering ($450); Metallic Paint($225); Heated Seats ($220); Silver Painted Tridion Safety Cell ($175).
As-tested MSRP$15,260


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeinline-3
Displacement (cc/cu-in)996cc (61cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10
Redline (rpm)6,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)71 @ 5,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)68 @ 4,500
Transmission type5-speed Automated Manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=3.308:1, II=1.913:1, III=1.258:1, IV=0.943:1,V=.0707:1, final drive=4.529:1


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearSolid axle
Steering typeRack and pinion
Steering ratio (x:1)Not available
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiProContact
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, front155/60R15
Tire size, rear175/55R15
Wheel size15 X 4.5 front - 15 X 5.5 rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDrum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)7.8
0-60 mph (sec.)13.6
0-75 mph (sec.)Not available
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)19.1 @ 70.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)Not available
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.74
Sound level @ idle (dB)Not available
@ Full throttle (dB)Not available
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)Not available

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith only 71 horsepower the Smart isn't quick so on-ramp. Being pushed around by larger vehicleseeway on the freeway is common. Don't count on the Smart to get you out of any situation in a hurry as its nimbleness is effectively canceled by its lack of power.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThe bottom-hinged brake pedal is awkward and I never really adjusted to its bizarre response. Being smooth under braking isn't easy. We never experienced fade or reduced pedal response.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsAggressive stability control substantially limits spirited driving. Smart's efforts to keep it rubber side down mean it doesn't change direction rapidly enough to be fast through the slalom or make an impressive skid pad number.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)70
Wind (mph, direction)0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)33 City/41 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)37
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)8.7

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)1,653
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)1,804
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)44/56
Length (in.)106.1
Width (in.)61.4
Height (in.)60.7
Wheelbase (in.)73.5
Track, front (in.)50.5
Track, rear (in.)54.5
Turning circle (ft.)28.7
Legroom, front (in.)41.2
Headroom, front (in.)39.7
Shoulder room, front (in.)48
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)7.7
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)7.7


Bumper-to-bumperNot available
PowertrainNot available
CorrosionNot available
Roadside assistanceNot available
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front with head protection chambers
Head airbagsNot available
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger3 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Available
NHTSA rollover resistance3 stars

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