Smarter Than Before – ForTwo Get New Front End and Powertrains


The Smart Fortwo get a complete redesign for 2017, features many design changes. Certainly, Smart keeps its title as a most advanced of small cars, however its technical designed was changed throughout the years, and it has become less unique, looking and feeling like a normal average sized car.

Available in standard form, or convertible and there is also now a full electric version; if you’re after something small, fun and funky, the Smart should just have about have the options covered for you.

2017 Smart Fortwo Configurations with Price

The 2017 Smart Fortwo is available now. Clicking on the Smart website gives you the option of building up your own Smart and configuring it exactly as you want it – with all the options available, it’s doubtful that you’ll see another the same.

A number of trim levels and options are available, but the headlines are that the base model will cost less than $16,000 and the fully loaded flagship will be just under $21,000.

The Smart Fortwo comes in four trim levels; Pure, Passion, Prime and Proxy.

It’s worth noting that the Fortwo has no crash rating from either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Tech Changes

Under the hood, we’ll see the same old 0.9 liter turbo charged 3-cylinder motor, which packs an 89 BHP and 100 ft/lb punch, which may not be plenty, but it’s certainly adequate. Standard transmission is a 5-speed manual, but there is an option for a 6-speed dual clutch auto, which Smart think that four out of five customers will choose. Surprisingly, the MPG isn’t actually that great, only returning an average of 35 MPG combined.

New Styling

On the exterior, we’ll see LED lighting (front and back), a shorter hood and wider body, giving the overall appearance of something a little more aggressive than the previous version. It should also mean that the car feels a lot more stable and smoother to drive when out on the highways (although of course, this really isn’t that much of a vehicle for highways).

Safety and Entertainment

Being such a small vehicle, safety and equipment plays a large part in what the Smart can offer, standard equipment includes front, side, knee and overhead airbags, ‘Crosswind Assist’, stability control, power windows, central locking, cruise control, power assisted steering, multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, LED daytime running lights, horizontally split tailgate and 3.5” touchscreen display. On higher spec trim levels, there will also be smartphone integration and the usual tech that goes with that; USB ports etc.


2017 Smart Fortwo hatchback 5MT
Engine type OHC 12V I3, multi-point fuel injection, turbocharged
Displacement 1,0L
Power/torque 89 hp; 100 lb-ft
Transmission 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 73.7 inch
Length 106.1 inch
Height 61.2 in
Passenger volume N/A
Cargo volume N/A
0-60 9,9 sec
Top speed 95 mph
PRICE RANGE: $15,400 – $21,650
Competitors: Chevrolet Spark, Fiat 500, Mitsubishi Mirage
Editor's rating
4.5 overall
  • Safety4.4
  • Performance4.5
  • Design4.6
  • Features4.5
  • Fuel economy4.5

The new Smart looks cool, but it is still a little clumsy vehicle suitable only in big cities.

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