2008 Smart Fortwo Passion 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$14,190
Options on test vehicleMetallic paint: $225, Silver tridion: $175, Upgraded radio: $150, Foglamps: $110, Dash clock/tachometer: $120
As-tested MSRP$15,015


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)10.0
Redline (rpm)6,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)70 @ 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, rearDeDion solid axle
Steering typeRack and pinion
Steering ratio (x:1)21.0:1
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiProContact
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, front155/60R15
Tire size, rear175/55R15
Wheel size15 by 4.5 front -- 15 by 5.5 rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDrum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)7.8
0-60 mph (sec.)14.1
0-75 mph (sec.)23.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)19.4 @ 68.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)33
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.74
Sound level @ idle (dB)NA
@ Full throttle (dB)NA
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)NA

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith only 70 horsepower, the Smart isn't quick, so plan on being the last guy to the top of the freeway on-ramp. Being pushed around by larger vehicles 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. 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 its rubber side down means it doesn't change direction rapidly enough to be fast through the slalom or make an impressive skid pad number.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)70.0
Wind (mph, direction)0.0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)33 city/40 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)37.2
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
Legroom, rear (in.)N/A
Headroom, front (in.)39.7
Headroom, rear (in.)N/A
Shoulder room, front (in.)48.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)N/A
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)7.7
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)7.7


Bumper-to-bumper2 years/24,000 miles -- option to purchase additional coverage to 100,000 miles
Powertrain2 years/24,000 miles
Corrosion4 years/50,000 miles
Roadside assistanceStandard
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 enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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