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smart forfour ED Prime Premium

smart forfour ED Prime Premium

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1=. smart forfour ED

Model/Engine size:
smart forfour ED Prime Premium
Fuel:
Electric
Fuel economy combined:
N/A
smart forfour ED Prime Premium

Summary

If you like the idea of the smart fortwo ED but can’t live with two seats, the forfour could be for you. It is worth saying upfront that you get an official range of 96 miles which translates into somewhere between 50 and 90 miles in the real world. If that isn’t going to work for you, stop reading now.

So if you are reading this bit we can assume that limited seating and range aren’t a problem for you, so what else do you need to know? Well this is the fourth generation of electric smart with a trial fleet launched in 2007 smart has had a while to finesse the technology and with battery supply coming from a Daimler subsidiary and the motor hailing from Renault the key components have provenance.

On the move the ED is the best forfour to drive. It is superbly suited to the urban environment for which it is designed. The compact dimensions and instant torque make nipping into gaps in city traffic a breeze whilst the stunning turning circle provides a get out of jail card if you end up down a dark ally. The short wheelbase, rear weight distribution and regenerative braking acting through the rear wheels also enable a lively balance at higher speeds which is much more interesting than the terminal understeer you tend to get in City Cars.

The interior is standard forfour which means well designed, interesting to look at and well appointed. One big surprise however is the lack of any adjustment on the steering wheel. Given the petrol forfour allows height adjustment we can’t quite work out why this isn’t possible on the ED. Depending on your height this could be a make or break issue so make sure you have an extended test drive.

Given the limited range it is good to know that you can pre heat or cool the ED whilst it is plugged in to the mains, there is also a very effective ECO mode which does knock back performance noticeably but also delivers a big improvement in range. It is also laudable that smart has provided both an analogue battery charge gauge and an electronic one both of which are very clear and tell you battery charge to within 1%, so if you do run out there are no excuses!

The onboard charger now accepts 7 kW allowing home recharging to be maximised, 22 kW charging is on its way but isn’t available yet. The small battery makes this less of an issue than most EV’s but it is worth knowing if you do need quick charge capability the ED won’t be on your list. Other issues include a very firm ride and a lack of regenerative brake settings so you either have to have it set to maximum or use a radar based system neither of which are ideal.

The forfour ED is fun to drive and brilliantly suited to urban running. In the context of small electric cars it is also sensibly priced. It offers more space than the fortwo but no more range which is a shame as it does make the ED a niche proposition, but if it meets your needs there is much to like.

Estimated real world range: 50 – 90 miles
Official range: 96 miles
Official electricity consumption: 130 Wh/km
Battery pack: 17.6 kWh (gross) lithium ion; 8 year / 62,500 mile warranty
Recharge time: 240 v 6 hours (20% – 100%); 7 kW charge 2 hours 30 mins (20% – 100%)

Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
N/A
Fuel economy, urban:
N/A
CO2 emissions:
Officially 0 g/km. Estimated UK average grid approx 50 g/km (99 mile range); (50 mile range) 99 g/km
VED:
£0 a year
Weight:
1,200 Kg
BIK Company Car Tax (2018/19):
13%
Price:
£21,415 (Qualifies for £3,500 Government grant)
Insurance group:
TBC
Power:
80 bhp
Max speed:
80 mph
0-62mph:
13.1 seconds
Torque:
118 lb ft