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Smart Roadster (2003-07)

Overall Rating

4 stars

The toy-like smart roadster is marvellous fun, with its buzzy little turbocharged engine mounted behind the occupants and sharp rear-wheel-drive handling. It offers affordable thrills and is surprisingly easy to live with.

  • Everyday Roadster
  • Fun to drive
  • Comfortable ride
  • Jerky drive
  • High prices
Road Test

The roadster reflects smart's styling flair and turns heads. It comes with either an electric folding fabric hood or a pop-out glass roof panel (dubbed roadster-coupe); they both look great. This tiny two-seater is one of the smallest cars on the road, with just 80bhp from its little three-cylinder engine, but it's turbocharged to pack a big punch. With its light body and that rear-mounted engine driving the rear axle, the roadster a far more serious sports car than the cute exterior suggests, especially in top-spec (100bhp) Brabus-tuned form. Its true driveability is only spoilt by the clutchless sequential-shift gearbox - slow and jerky in fully-auto mode, fiddly and awkward to shift yourself. Surprisingly comfortable on long motorway journeys and with good ride quality, roadster is a car that can be used every day; it's more than just a toy or a track day-only indulgence. Prices look high, but it should hold its value.

Need To Know

NCAP: Not tested

Best Models: Coupe

Worst Models: None

Smart Roadster (2003-07)
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Quality & Reliability

4 stars


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3 stars

Running Costs

5 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

0 stars
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