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The Smart Car from Mercedes Benz

Updated on September 25, 2014

A personal review: Smart Driving with the Smart Car

I've never been a car fanatic, although I love driving. As far the car goes though, it was something that got me from point A to point B. That is, until I met the Smart Car made by Mercedes Benz. My friend called it Half a Car so it became Arthur and I love it. I guess you have to be British to understand that - Londoners especially seem to have trouble with the letter H and drop it most of the time. Now when folk ask me which car do I drive I can honestly say, "I drive a Mercedes!"

I may not know much about cars but I do like to drive and this car gives me everything I need: It is roomy inside (if only for 2), many small cars feel as if you are driving in a coffin; it is gutsy enough to have a turn of speed both for overtaking and for motorway driving; it has a low carbon footprint; is mega cheap to run (only £30 car tax per year and low petrol consumption) and let's face it, it looks good. This is my own personal review of the Smart Car for 2 - you can get 4 seat Smart Cars too, which may well be my next one! :)

Image credit "My Smart Car" by the author of this page AnnMackieMiller.

My Smart Car
My Smart Car

I bought a Smart Car

Talking it Up

I was driving a sporty Ford that ate petrol for breakfast, cost an arm and a leg to insure, the Road Tax was £165 a year and it was costly to maintain. When I stopped working I couldn't justifiy the expense. I was also conscious of my heavy carbon footprint so I sold the Ford Fiesta and bought a new Smart car.

The Smart car is a two-seater coupe and you can choose from different standards, there is even a sporty version on the way. I just wanted the bog-standard, no frills edition so bought the Pure, which is the basic package. It is semi-automatic so is ideal in traffic and is absolutely wonderful for parking.

Viewing it, I was a bit concerned about safety, after all it is made mostly of plastic. No need to worry though, there are two full-sized airbags, a safety shell, safety seats, crash sensor and crash elements front and rear and a solid roof. An advert on TV shows one being hit by a wrecking ball on a building site and that was good enough for me.

If I have any complaints it is that visibility for reversing isn't the best as the metal parts, the safety shell inhibit views to the side and rear. The safety shell are the black parts shown in the photos.

It is also a very light car so you can feel some sideways shift when passing huge trucks and in high winds.

'Arthur' in Bingley
'Arthur' in Bingley

And There's More...

Neither did I really want to surrender performance for economy, we all want to have our cake and eat it don't we? However, I was impressed on the test drive. I have always driven cars with a little oomph - I like to know there is something under the hood when I pressed the accelerator to overtake slower traffic. How good could a 1000 cc engine be? The answer to that is 'very good'. I zip along, cruise easily at 70 mph and overtake with no problem.

Inside it is spacious for driver and passenger. Other small cars I have driven give little headroom and can feel as if you are driving in a coffin. Granted there is only a small boot but that can be overcome and how much does one person need to carry at any one time? The passenger seat folds flat to allow for through carriage. I have a fold-up massage couch and it fits nicely into the space behind the seats. I also moved a lot of my home possessions and two cats, with carriers and litter tray, from Scotland to England with no problem. It sits higher off the road than my Ford did too which is more comfortable for these creaking old bones.

I pay only £35 per year road tax, the insurance is more reasonable and I get around 70 miles to the gallon.

It is also a very light car so you can feel some sideways shift when passing huge trucks and in high winds.

You can even change the body panels to a colour or pattern that suits you, and, because they are made of plastic are installed as modules, if you have a bump or someone scratches it you just change that one panel.

Altogether it is a lovely little car, wonderful for one or two people although I believe you can also get a Four Seat Smart Car.

The Smart Car
The Smart Car

Tech Specs for the Smart Car

3-cylinder in-line engine

1 litre engine

aluminium design

low emissions

economy petrol consumption

inter-changeable body parts

roomy interior


If you would like all the tech stuff --> here's where to go --> Smart Car Official Site

The Smart Car

Smart on the Race Track

© 2010 Ann

What do you drive?

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    • annieangel1 profile image

      Ann 3 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I know - sad day today as after many years of loyal service and an accident that wasn't his fault, Arfur has gone to the great scrapyard in the sky :(

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      Paul 3 years ago from Liverpool, England

      RIP Arthur

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      meggingmad 4 years ago

      Cool lens. The Smart is a great little car.

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      stick-man lm 4 years ago

      1993 Honda Civic. It's a nice little car that gets the job done.

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      abouthealthtips 5 years ago

      Great lens. I drive a 2013 Kia Sportage. I like it because its compact enough, but roomy enough for our family.

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      mvi-inc 5 years ago

      Great lens Ann, it's a really cute car

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      dean_w 5 years ago

      I've eyed the Smart car for a couple years now. I really want one. We can't give up the vehicles we have now because we need more than 2 seats and some real trunk room. But one day.......

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      @Scarlettohairy: they are actually very roomy inside - that is what I like about them.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I have an older Toyota Corolla that I love but would love one of these fun little cars. I'm short so I think I'd fit in it perfectly!

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      Funkysi 5 years ago

      I prefer Audi. I have A4 avant. Smart is nice, but too small for two children.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      I don't; you really don't need a car in NYC.

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      kohuether lm 7 years ago

      I always wondered if these cars performed well. We drive a car with great gas mileage (a diesel engine) - I'm not sure the smart car is for us but I definitely enjoyed reading about your experiences.

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      Ann 7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      It is fun Windy, and he turns a lot of heads. thanks for visiting.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Adorable. I bet it's fun to drive, too!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Arthur is one cute car!