The Smart Forfour weighs 95kg more than its compact sibling. Equipped with the naturally aspirated engine, the four-seater can achieve 67.3mpg on the combined cycle and emits 97g/km of CO2. From rest, it accelerates to 62mph in 15.9sec on its way to a top speed of 94mph.
The Forfour includes rear doors that open to an 85-degree angle, a rear bench that folds flat into the floor, leaving a 975-litre load space and the ability to carry items measuring up to 2.2-metres in length.
The third-generation city car is available in three trim levels, named Passion, Prime and Proxy.
Prices for the Smart Fortwo Passion start at £11,125. Kit includes 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, a multifunction leather steering wheel, 3.5-inch TFT colour screen, Isofix points and cruise control.
The Prime trim level, which costs £11,820, gets uprated 15-inch bi-colour alloys, a panoramic glass roof, additional dashboard instrument pods, a textured black fabric dashboard and heated leather seats.
The Proxy variant also costs £11,820. It substitutes the heated leather seats of the Prime trim for cloth and leather Artico versions, but gains black 16-inch wheels, a chrome exhaust finisher, alloy pedals and a sports steering wheel trimmed in perforated leather.
The trim levels are broadly similar on the Forfour, although the Proxy Forfour gets sports suspension and a 10mm lower ride height.
Eight exterior colours are available for the Fortwo, and nine for the Forfour. Each model is available with a choice of three contrasting colours for the exposed elements of the ‘tridion’ safety cell and three shades for the front grille.
A company spokesman said the lower-powered versions of each car are expected to account for the greatest sales volumes, and the small price premium between the two- and four-seat versions is expected to encourage most buyers towards the Forfour.
From February 2015, both Smarts will be available with a five-speed manual gearbox, with a twin-clutch DCT transmission option to follow in the second quarter of the year. This system will command a premium of £995 over the manual-equipped equivalents.
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