Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/smart/fortwo/micro-car/review
If you're strictly a city driver, then the Smart ForTwo could be the perfect choice. The unusual looks make it a head-turner, while its minuscule dimensions mean it's incredibly easy to park. It's as wide as it is long, so you can even leave it parked at right angles to the kerb!
Renault Twizy review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/renault/twizy/hatchback/review
The electric Renault Twizy city car offers urban drivers something genuinely different -- if you can live with its inherent limitations. The electric Renault Twizy is a revolution in personal transport. The futuristically styled car offers space for two, sitting in tandem, and its small size means it is perfect for driving around and parking in town. It is charged via your home supply: 3.5 hours will see it completely topped up, at a cost of around £1. This will allow a claimed range of 34-62 miles depending on the demands of the traffic conditions. Although the futuristic, 'open-plan' styling may be something of an acquired taste, the innovative Twizy starts to make more sense if you think of it as a scooter with a roof rather than a car with, in its most basic form, open sides -- and no heater. In the UK, the Twizy will be called the Renault Twizy 80 ('80' refers to its top speed in km/h).
Fiat 500 review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/fiat/500/hatchback/video
With its retro looks, Fiat's 500 scores big with drivers who want their car to make a bold statement. It's a case of form over function though, for those with growing families -- the 500's rear seats, and small boot are too small to seat all but the very youngest children in comfort. That said, if practicality is not at the top of your wishlist the 500 is an excellent choice. It has a smart interior and a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines. A new two-cylinder engine, launched December 2010, offers almost 100mpg. Both hatchback and cabriolet versions of the 500 are available, and for those who crave extra performance, a potent Abarth version with 150bhp is also built.
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Honda Civic review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/honda/civic/hatchback/review
The new Honda Civic is available to order from dealers now, with the first UK deliveries arriving in January 2012. Up against the Ford Focus and BMW 1 Series, the new Civic's styling is an evolution of the radical look of the previous edition, retaining the split rear window and short, curved bonnet. The new design gets LED running lights and a useful rear windscreen wiper.
Chevrolet Spark review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/chevrolet/spark/hatchback/review
The Chevrolet Spark is a big step forward when you compare it to the Matiz which it replaced. The bold nose and angular shape is designed to appeal to younger buyers, but in reality the Spark looks fussy compared to rivals such as the Hyundai i10. Power comes from a choice of two petrol engines - 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre - and both can return more than 55mpg. Considering how small the Spark is, passenger space is good, but the boot is small. And while the cabin looks smart, the hard, shiny plastics that it's made from feel cheap.
2009 Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe Start Up, Exhaust, In Depth Review, and Test Drive
Hello and welcome to Saabkyle04! YouTube's largest collection of automotive variety! In today's video, we will take an up close and personal in depth look at the 2009 Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe. A neat, quirky, different take on sub compacts. The Smart boasts dramatic looks, surprising interior space and safety, with Mercedes Benz build quality. While some of it's drivetrain characteristics offer a love it or hate it feel, you just can't help to think it's quite the neat car! A 70hp 1.0L 3 cyl engine with a 5 speed automated manual transmission, providing reasonable power and zippy acceleration for city traveling. Although no race car, it's definitely a fun and unique vehicles for those looking for a fuel efficient vehicle that strays away from the norm! During this presentation, we will take a 1st person look at what the Fortwo is all about beginning with the start up, performance data, fuel economy, the occasional track data, and build quality. Also, I will teach you how to use most of the interior and exterior features in a detailed fashion, that before, you could only get from going to a dealership yourself! Throughout the video, I will highlight key styling and unique differences about the vehicle, any available options, and of course it would not be an enthusiast car video without the good ole engine portion with rev and Exhaust note with interior and exterior perspectives. A thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
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Smart ForTwo Passion Coupe--D&M Motorsports Video Test Drive 2012 Chris Moran
Smart ForTwo Passion Coupe Review with Chris Moran. Presented by D&M Motorsports.
The Smart Fortwo is an all-new brand and model in the United States for 2008, sold at a select number of United Auto Group and Mercedes-Benz dealerships across the country.
Revolution, dud or something in between? The 2008 Smart Fortwo could be any of these, but which one depends on how Americans respond to this long-awaited city car as it starts to trickle into dealerships around the country. The previous generation has sold more than 770,000 units in other parts of the world since 1998, appealing to urban customers who gravitated to its sky-high fuel economy and park-anywhere size. While most Americans have probably seen a Smart car, only time will tell how many pick one as their daily commuting partner.
Not that it comes as a news flash, but the Mercedes-built Smart is small. Really small. It's more than 3 feet shorter than a Mini Cooper and only a foot longer than an E-Z-GO golf cart. It seats only two people, with a fair-sized trunk above the rear-mounted engine. Yet that silver or black strip that loops around the Fortwo's side is what differentiates this minicar from the E-Z-GO.
Known as the Tridion safety cell, this cage of high-strength steel allows the Smart car to withstand impacts as well as or better than much larger cars. An impressive array of other safety systems -- side airbags, antilock brakes, brake assist, stability control and traction control -- add to its ability to thwart occupant injury. Plus, axles placed close to the passenger compartment provide additional protection in side impacts.
Other markets get diesel and turbocharged gasoline engines, but the America-bound Fortwo will only come with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine. Saddled with 71 horsepower, this powertrain will be able to motivate the 1,804-pound Smart from zero to 60 mph in 14.1 seconds. The wonky five-speed automanual transmission found in the last Smart car has been replaced by an allegedly improved one, which makes us wonder how awful the predecessor was, considering the new car's herky-jerky motions and extreme shift lag. After a quick drive, it will leave you wondering how it's in any way superior to a traditional automatic or clutch-pedal manual.
In total, the Smart has just enough pep around town, but it feels woefully lackluster (and a little worrisome) on the highway. But that's a pretty good way to sum up the entire Smart Fortwo experience. For those who spend 90 percent of their driving time by themselves in traffic or meandering through congested city streets, the Fortwo makes sense (as long as they can put up with the wonky transmission). Its tiny dimensions make finding a parallel parking spot a relatively simple exercise -- although the new model is now too long to be parked perpendicularly on the street. Also, speeds in the city should rarely get so high that the mere sight of a Navigator makes you pack the dashboard with statues of St. Christopher.
But for those who routinely drive on the highway, the Fortwo just doesn't make sense -- even if it gets excellent gas mileage. A similarly priced subcompact will handle high speeds better; ditto the more expensive but greener Prius. The 2008 Smart Fortwo isn't a good choice for most consumers, but for certain urban-based drivers, it's most definitely worth consideration.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2008 Smart Fortwo is a two-seat, subcompact city car available in two body styles. The hatchback Coupe is offered in Pure and Passion trim levels, while the convertible Cabrio only comes in Passion. The base Pure comes with 15-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, leather steering wheel and electric rear window defroster. Power steering, air-conditioning, radio, power windows and alloy wheels are optional on the Pure. The Passion gets all those basic features, plus a panorama glass roof, sport steering wheel with shift paddles, power heated side mirrors and a CD player. The Passion Cabrio adds an upgraded stereo with MP3-compatible in-dash six-CD changer, along with a manually operated canvas roof. Passion options include partial leather upholstery and additional gauges.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2008 Smart Fortwo is powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 71 hp and 68 pound-feet of torque. Surprisingly, it requires premium fuel. The maximum speed is 90 mph, with a 0-60-mph time of 14.1 seconds. A five-speed automanual transmission drives the Fortwo's rear wheels and is shifted without a clutch pedal via a simple console-mounted stick (and column-mounted paddles on Passion models), and there is a fully automatic mode as well. With its 8.7-gallon tank, the Fortwo will return 33 mpg city, 41 mpg highway and 36 mpg combined.
Smart CDI review
Rowan Horncastle from Motormorph.com and Greenbang.com takes the new Smart ForTwo diesel out of the city for a review.
Chevrolet Aveo review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/chevrolet/aveo/hatchback/review
The Chevrolet Aveo boasts high levels of standard equipment, and a new, motorbike-inspired interior. The funky rev counter and LED speedometer add a sporty touch to the Aveo's cabin, while the coupe-inspired styling, including hidden rear door handles and aggressive headlights, adds even more kerbside appeal. The Aveo is more practical than the excellent Suzuki Swift, and with prices set to undercut many of the class leaders, Chevrolet has created a tempting package. A new diesel version should also be one of the most frugal cars in its class too.
2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
Peter Bleakney goes for a drive in the least expensive electric car you can buy in Canada, the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive.
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Alfa Romeo MiTo review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/alfa-romeo/mito/hatchback/review
With all the style Alfa Romeo is famed for, a wide choice of economical engines and an impressive list of personalisation options, it's no wonder that the MiTo is Alfa's best-selling model. There's even a good deal of space inside - enough for four adults at a push. However, it lacks the comfort and overall build quality to beat the Audi A1 and MINI for upmarket feel. Some of the cabin plastics are too hard and look cheap. The engine range offers great economy, though, which offsets the MiTo's relatively high purchase price. The MultiAir petrol engines impress with their performance and smoothness.
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Mitsubishi Outlander review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/mitsubishi/outlander/sports-utility-vehicle/review
The Mitsubishi Outlander is the Japanese firm's contender in the compact 4x4 class. Competing with established rivals like Land Rover's Freelander, unusually, the Outlander benefits from a third row of seats. They're small, but for those occasions you've a couple more children to carry they're useful. The styling is tidy inside and out, and people carrier-like features such as sliding, easy-fold seats make it a practical choice.
Honda CR-Z review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/honda/cr_z/hatchback/review
As fuel-prices are on the up, it's becoming harder to find genuine driving thrills on a budget. But Honda thinks it has the answer. The CR-Z is based on the Honda Insight, but it uses a 112bhp 1.5-litre engine, rather than a 1.3-litre unit. The petrol engine is paired with a 10bhp electric motor, which gives the CR-Z a 0-62mph time of 9.9 seconds and top speed of 124mph.
Peugeot RCZ review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/peugeot/rcz/coupe/review
With its supercar good looks and competitive price, the Peugeot RCZ is a real head-turner. But the most satisfying things about this Audi TT rival are that it's fun to drive, comfortable and relatively cheap to run. Up front it feels spacious, and the boot is a reasonable size, so it's easy to live with day-to-day. It's a 2+2 coupé by name, but you can forget about using the back seats for anyone but small children as they're tiny.
Peugeot 107 review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/peugeot/107/micro-car/review
Like the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1, which share the same mechanicals, the Peugeot 107 is first and foremost a car for affordable city driving. It's big enough for short runs on the motorway, but its compact dimensions, sharp steering and 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine are perfect for darting through traffic and parking in small spaces.