2018 smart fortwo Review
2018 smart fortwo Review
View more photos
View more photos
View more photos
View more photos
View more photos
Used fortwo for sale
smart fortwo model years
smart fortwo types
See Edmunds pricing data
Has Your Car's Value Changed?
Used car values are constantly changing. Edmunds lets you track your vehicle's value over time so you can decide when to sell or trade in.
Edmunds' Expert Review
Cameron Rogers has worked in the automotive industry since 2013. He has tested and reviewed hundreds of vehicles over the course of his career. Today, he leads the news team in developing cutting-edge news articles, opinion pieces and sneak peeks at upcoming vehicles. Favorite cars that he's driven during his tenure at Edmunds include the 991-era Porsche 911 Turbo S, Rolls-Royce Ghost and several generations of Honda Odyssey (really).
- A short wheelbase and narrow width make the Fortwo easy to park
- Acceleration is quick and immediate at low speeds
- Boasts a fun and distinctive interior design
- Using a smartphone as the primary infotainment screen is innovative
- Uncomfortable ride quality on rough roads and over bumps
- Pitiful range makes it nearly impossible to use for long trips
- Large rear blind spots, especially with the convertible
- Interior materials quality is pretty poor
The gas-powered Fortwo and its unique options (including the Brabus Sport package and Proxy trim) have been dropped for 2018, leaving the Electric the sole variant in the lineup. Standard equipment now includes a rearview camera and voice recognition through Siri Eyes Free and Google Now software. Android Auto functionality is included when you opt for the Smart Media System, and a 10th Anniversary Edition package can now be ordered on the coupe.
With a tiny passenger compartment, limited cargo room and underwhelming performance, the Smart Fortwo is never going to be a mainstream vehicle. But considering it can fit into almost any parking space and turn on a dime, it undoubtedly has niche appeal for consumers living in dense urban areas. Well, now that niche is even smaller. Smart has discontinued the gasoline-powered model from the current lineup, leaving only the Fortwo Electric Drive version.
On the upside, we think the Electric offers the better driving of the two. It doesn't have the gas model's rough-shifting transmission, and it benefits from the electric motor's instant torque and smooth acceleration. However, the Electric is more expensive than the old gas model, and its maximum range of 58 miles is considerably less than any other EV's.
All of this piles on to the Fortwo's existing problems such as a punishing ride and a low-rent cabin. We strongly recommend checking out other EVs in this price bracket for their better range, greater utility and higher emphasis on passenger comfort.
Edmunds' Expert Rating
The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is the sole Fortwo variant now that the gasoline-powered model has been discontinued. That's fine — the Electric drives better anyway — but numerous drawbacks, including a hefty price tag, a barely there electric range, and low-quality interior materials, limit its appeal.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our first drive of the 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Prime, as well as the full rating of the gasoline-powered 2016 Smart Fortwo Proxy (turbo 0.9L inline-3 | 6-speed automatic | FWD), which is no longer available.
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Smart Fortwo lineup has received some revisions, including the deletion of the gasoline-powered Fortwo model starting this year. Our findings from the gas-powered version carry over to the EV model, as well.
Driving a tiny and lightweight car is intrinsically fun. The Fortwo also benefits from the electric motor's instant torque, and it feels quite peppy when you first start to accelerate. But it runs out of steam past about 40 mph. Handling abilities are low.
You might assume the Fortwo gets dinged on comfort due to its smallness, but size doesn't factor in here. Seat comfort is compromised for aesthetics, and the suspension is much too stiff to provide any peace over rough city roads.
The cushions offer decent padding but have minimal lateral and lumbar support.
With an extra-short wheelbase, large road bumps are an adventure. Hit them with some speed, and you'd leave your seat if you weren't strapped to it. The ride is continuously busy because of the stiff suspension tuning.
Noise & vibration
Levels of road and tire noise are mostly quelled, but the Fortwo's flat front nose pushes air like a mini bulldozer, which makes it sound windy outside at all times. In the cabriolet, noise is even more apparent.
Some cost-saving measures, such as the nonadjustable cupholders molded into the hard plastic center console, are laughably obvious. But there are some redeeming qualities to the Fortwo's interior, such as generous passenger leg- and headroom and a cabin design that looks modern and fun.
Ease of use
The stereo is basic but easy to use. The climate controls are also straightforward and are done up in a creative and stylish fashion. Simple does work.
Getting in/getting out
Wide door openings and a low step-in make this tiny car surprisingly easy to get into. However, the doors are long, which might hamper your ability to easily open them in tighter parking spaces.
The Fortwo creates a mirage of roominess inside. The steering column doesn't telescope, but the high roof and useful amount of seat travel mean 6-foot-tall drivers will fit relatively comfortably. But when another 6-footer climbs into the passenger seat, you realize how narrow the car really is.
The thin front roof pillars and a big windshield provide good forward visibility, but the rearview mirror is narrow and thick rear roof pillars create big blind spots. The Cabrio's tiny rear window makes it even harder to see out back — good thing a rearview camera is standard for 2018.
With the exception of the seats and headliner, not one surface in the cabin is soft to the touch. A chic and trendy-looking interior design makes the hard plastic appear less cheap, but it's hard to pick out anything of real quality in this cabin.
The convertible top opens or closes in about 12 seconds (with two pushes of a button). Two roof pillars then manually unlatch and stow away in the trunk. It's a bit of a process to get into full top-down mode, but few of the Smart's competitors can even pull off that trick.
You don't buy a Smart expecting much in the way of storage solutions, but the Fortwo does the best with what it's got. The pull-out drawer from the center console is clever, as are the storage nets behind the seats. The bottom edge of the soft top folds up to increase the cargo opening.
There are two small central cupholders and a decent-size holder in each door. There's a net behind the seats that will carry light items just fine. A small tray slides out from the central console on the passenger side, which is good for keys, coins and other small things.
The passenger seat cleverly folds flat for longer cargo items, but 9.2 cubic feet of trunk space is nothing special. The Cabrio's cargo area measures 8.9 cubic feet, decreasing to 6.7 cubes when the top is rolled down. Only small convertible sports cars offer less.
The free Cross Connect app that turns your phone into an audio and navigation controller is an innovative way to integrate touchscreen controls with the basic radio setup. The 7-inch touchscreen is a worthy upgrade.
Which fortwo does Edmunds recommend?
The price of the 2018 Smart Fortwo Electric is remarkably high given its shortcomings in utility, comfort, build quality and electric range. So keeping the cash outlay low by getting the base Pure model seems like a good idea. But in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't cost much more to upgrade to the top Prime trim. Doing so gets you leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, heated seats and more. Look to also get the center armrest and JBL sound system, which is a big improvement over the standard two speakers.
2018 smart fortwo models
The 2018 Smart Fortwo Electric is a pint-size city car with seating for two (get it?) and a surprising amount of passenger space inside. The Fortwo Coupe is sold in three trims — Pure, Passion and Prime — while the Fortwo Cabrio (convertible) is available in Passion and Prime levels. There isn't a huge price differential between the trims, but the starting MSRP for this stylish two-door EV is quite high. As with many cars produced by parent company Mercedes-Benz, there are a number of available features packages and stand-alone options.
The Fortwo Electric's 17.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and 60-kW motor (80 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque) drive the rear wheels directly. The EPA estimates that the Smart Fortwo Electric can travel up to 58 miles before it runs out of juice and takes three hours to charge an empty battery using a 240-volt power supply.
The Fortwo Coupe's base Pure trim includes 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, LED daytime running lights, cruise control, power windows, a rearview camera, a driver information display, cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a two-speaker sound system with an auxiliary input and a USB port.
Also standard is the ability for iOS and select Android smartphone users to download a free Cross Connect app that controls phone, audio, internet streaming radio, vehicle information and a navigation system.
The Passion trim adds alloy wheels, heated and power-adjustable mirrors, contrasting interior upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, an additional storage compartment in the center console, and a retractable cargo cover.
The Prime further dresses up the Smart with foglights, cornering lights, a panoramic glass roof, automatic headlights and wipers, leather upholstery, heated seats and interior ambient lighting.
Several options packages are available for the Smart Fortwo Electric. The Cold Weather package adds heated seats and additional cabin insulation, and the new Sport package (Passion and Prime only) dresses up the Fortwo with 16-inch alloy wheels and stainless steel pedals. The 10th Anniversary Edition pack is similar to the Sport, but the wheels are of a different design and certain exterior elements are painted blue. There's also the Smart Media System bundle, which combines a 7-inch touchscreen, a navigation system and Android Auto functionality. It can be ordered with or without a six-speaker JBL audio system.
Individual options include rear parking sensors, a forward collision warning system, imitation leather (premium vinyl) upholstery, a center armrest, and a phone cradle that positions your smartphone in the middle of the dash so it can function as a touchscreen controller.
Read what other owners think about the Used 2018 smart fortwo.
4.1 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
5 out of 5 stars
Great Upgrade From 2012
Simply Blue, 03/13/2017
2016 smart fortwo prime 2dr Hatchback (.9L 3cyl Turbo 5M)
*Update 2018: I still love this car. There have been no maintenance issues, and it has been fun and reliable to drive. Since first writing this review, one of my best friends and a family member bought smart cars as well. They liked my car so much that they wanted their own! I originally had a 2012 Smart Fortwo Pure, which was a great little car but with some very notable … downsides. To name a few, the old transmission was less than great, it was a tad cramped and the Pure in particular lacked some modern car features that I would have liked. After hearing about the new transmission, cross-wind control and other slew of upgrades, I decided to check out the 2016. A year later, I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I always loved the size and city maneuverability of the Smart Car, but now that comes with a much more substantial vehicle. I purchased the automatic 6-speed dual clutch transmission, and though I would not call any Smart Car a speedster, the new transmission is much smoother. The boost from the turbo is also a nice addition, making the car feel swift and zippy. The car now has the speed it needs to pass other cars on the road with ease. The cross-wind control also makes those windy days a non-issue, compared to the shaky windy day drives in the older model. The new headlights are bright and clear, with the fog-lights doing as desired in blizzard conditions or foggy weather. Due to the narrow wheels and short wheel-base, I have never had any trouble in the snow, unless I blatantly drive into a pile that I know might bottom the little thing out. Even then, I've never actually gotten completely stuck in snow drifts, though I don't consciously drive through anything that looks excessive to the eye. The stability control does a good job at managing the rate at which the wheels are spinning, so you can pull out of slick spots. As for the interior, the extra width makes a noticeable difference as well. My dad is a large man, and he can sit in the new model without us feeling cramped in the slightest. The bluetooth on the stereo system is nice, and pairs well with the iPhone holding attachment on the entertainment system. I opted for the model with the upgraded sound system, boasting 7 speakers and a little subwoofer. I am pleased with the sound quality, and those riding along with me are impressed with the kick that the audio provides. I should note that I do a lot of highway driving, so cruise control does a good job at maintaining MPG. The 2016 also feels much more sure footed on the highways than the 2012 did. I wanted a peppy edgier looking small car for city driving and occasional long trips, and I feel like the new smart car has met all of my personal wants. If you are in the market for a small car, this comes highly recommended by me. The most glaring issues of the past models have been ironed out, and the Smart Fortwo has grown up to be something that more Americans will be pleased with.
5 out of 5 stars
Tiny Car with a Great Heart
William Strange, 10/02/2016
2016 smart fortwo passion 2dr Hatchback (.9L 3cyl Turbo 5M)
This is my second Smart, my first was a 2008 Passion. I had it for 8 years and when I traded it in it had 195,000 miles. The only parts I ever replaced were normal maintenance parts, (front brake shoes, plugs and tires. I've had my 2016 Passion for about a week and the upgrades are amazing. I little more room inside, definitely pepper, transmission shifts much more smoothly, and the … electric power steering is great. The power increase with the Turbo is really noticeable. I live in southern West Virginia and I64 on my way to Beckley, WV there is a 5 mile 9% grade that most cars can not keep up to the speed limit of 70, but my Smart handles it ease; it doesn't even breath hard. Love it all the way.
4 out of 5 stars
Not just a city car
2016 smart fortwo passion 2dr Hatchback (.9L 3cyl Turbo 5M)
- for the size car it's very roomy, feels like a full size car - for the size car there's good storage space in back - cute outside look and shape - unusual and fun inside decor - although marketed as city car, it does great on the highway - very bad turbo lag however it has great acceleration - turbo lag is a danger in situations where one is depending on smooth instantaneous … acceleration like merging from a stop or starting on a curve - drives at highway speed (70+) like a full size car - good power, doesn't downshift going up hill as much as big car - excellent cruise control, hardly ever shifts to maintain speed - U turns are amazing and too fun - parking is so easy, fits in very small places - insurance cost is very high, higher than any other vehicle I have including a 37' motorhome - although it appears to be a full size car from front and rear, driver must keep the small size in mind at all times - brakes are good but don't come on smoothly - constant road noise is a problem if one is irritable otherwise can be ignored or tuned out - good ride on smooth pavement but rough ride on rough road like a one ton pickup The Edmunds editor did a lousy job of summarizing the review. Here is my summary: Best Features - Maneuverability - Acceleration - Shifting - Highway driving - Cabin space - Fuel economy Worst Features - Turbo lag - Road noise - Ride on rough surfaces - Insurance cost
5 out of 5 stars
a great little car
2017 smart fortwo prime 2dr Hatchback (.9L 3cyl Turbo 5M)
i've driven the car from New Mexico and back. it's a great road car with plenty of acceleration and stamina on hills. the gas mileage is excellent on the highway. a perfect car for one person.
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2018 smart fortwo, so we've included reviews for other years of the fortwo since its last redesign.
2018 fortwo Highlights
- EPA Electric Range
- 58 miles
- Cost to Drive
- Charging time
- 3.0 hours
- 2 seats
- rear wheel drive
- Engine Type
- 4 years / 50,000 miles
Our experts like the fortwo models:
- Proximity Warning Function
- Helps avoid collisions by alerting the driver if the Fortwo is approaching the car in front too quickly.
- Rear Park Assist
- Uses sensors in the rear bumper to alert the driver when the Fortwo approaches an object while backing up.
- Crosswind Assist
- Detects if the Fortwo is being pushed around in its lane by strong crosswinds and applies brakes to keep it straight.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestNot Tested
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
More about the 2018 smart fortwo
Used 2018 smart fortwo Overview
The Used 2018 smart fortwo is offered in the following submodels: fortwo Hatchback, fortwo Convertible. Available styles include electric drive passion 2dr Hatchback (electric DD), electric drive prime 2dr Hatchback (electric DD), electric drive pure 2dr Hatchback (electric DD), electric drive prime 2dr Convertible (electric DD), and electric drive passion 2dr Convertible (electric DD). Pre-owned smart fortwo models are available with a undefined-liter electric engine, with output up to 80 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2018 smart fortwo comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 1-speed direct drive.
What's a good price on a Used 2018 smart fortwo?
Price comparisons for Used 2018 smart fortwo trim styles:
- The Used 2018 smart fortwo electric drive passion is priced between $15,990 and$20,990 with odometer readings between 6220 and11960 miles.
- The Used 2018 smart fortwo electric drive prime is priced between $17,990 and$17,990 with odometer readings between 18415 and18415 miles.
- The Used 2018 smart fortwo electric drive pure is priced between $15,991 and$15,991 with odometer readings between 28696 and28696 miles.
Shop with Edmunds for perks and special offers on used cars, trucks, and SUVs near Ashburn, VA. Doing so could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Edmunds also provides consumer-driven dealership sales and service reviews to help you make informed decisions about what cars to buy and where to buy them.
Which used 2018 smart fortwos are available in my area?
Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2018 smart fortwo for sale near. There are currently 4 used and CPO 2018 fortwos listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $15,990 and mileage as low as 6220 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a used car from our massive database to find cheap prew-owned vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the Used 2018 smart fortwo.
Can't find a used 2018 smart fortwos you want in your area? Consider a broader search.
Find a used smart fortwo for sale.
Find a used smart for sale.
Find a used certified pre-owned smart fortwo for sale.
Find a used certified pre-owned smart for sale.
Should I lease or buy a 2018 smart fortwo?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.
Check out smart lease specials
Check out smart fortwo lease specials
Related Used 2018 smart fortwo info
Vehicle reviews of used models
- Lexus LX 570 2020 Review
- Lexus LX 570 2021 Review
- Lexus NX 300 2020 Review
- Lexus NX 300 2021 Review
- Lexus NX 300H 2020 Review
Shop similar models
- Ford E-transit-cargo-van 2023
- Nissan Leaf 2023
- Mini Hardtop-2-door 2023
- Hyundai Ioniq-electric 2021
- Chevrolet Bolt-ev 2023
Shop used vehicles in your area
- Used Audi S4 2006
- Used BMW Z4 2012
- Used Subaru Impreza 2015
- Used BMW X5 M 2013
- Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2004
- Used Nissan Titan 2019 For Sale
- Used Saab 9-3 Griffin 2006
- Used Bentley Flying Spur 2016
- Used Audi A6 2000
- Used Mitsubishi 3000GT 1996
Popular new car reviews and ratings
- GMC Yukon 2022
- 2023 Corvette
- 2023 Maserati Sierra 3500HD
- 2024 Jeep Compass News
- M4 CSL For Sale
- Fisker Ocean
- 2024 Nissan Altima News
- 2022 Audi RS 3
- Lexus RZ 450E
- GMC 3500 For Sale
Research similar vehicles
- 2022 2
- 2022 Bolt EV
- 2022 Audi RS 5
- 2022 Nissan LEAF
- 2022 Mazda 3
- Nissan Kicks 2022
- 2022 Kia Rio
- 2022 Impreza
- 2022 Volkswagen Arteon
- Mini Clubman