Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio (2014-2019) running costs
As with any small electric car, the Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio will cost mere pennies to charge and run
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service intervals||2010/20 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|15||2yrs / unlimited miles||1yr / 12,500 miles||From £745 / £1,490|
It may not come as a surprise to learn that Smart charges more for the EQ ForTwo than it does the standard petrol Cabrio. However, if its short range is sufficient for your daily commute – and you like the idea of zero-emissions driving with the wind in your hair – then it’ll save you money in the long run.
As this is an electric car, there's no road tax (Vehicle Excise Duty) to pay. The EQ ForTwo Cabrio falls into the lowest company-car tax band, resulting in rock-bottom VED rates. If you live in or near London and regularly drive into the capital, you’ll be pleased to know it's exempt from the £11.50 daily Congestion Charge.
Smart EQ ForTwo insurance groups
Insurance groups for the Smart EQ ForTwo Cabriolet are reasonable, with all versions falling into group 15.
The Smart EQ ForTwo Cabriolet comes with a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Once this expires, the battery is covered for a further five years (eight years in total). It shows the confidence that parent company Mercedes has in its electrified city car, as it’s the same warranty offered on the S-Class limousine. All Smart models also come with a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.
When your Smart EQ ForTwo Cabriolet needs servicing will depend on how old it is and how many miles you cover – as every version is subject to a flexible service schedule. Owners have the choice of paying for servicing outright, or monthly via Smart ServiceCare. Prices start from £20 per month.
As the Smart EQ ForTwo Cabriolet is fully electric, it's exempt from road tax (also known as vehicle excise duty, or VED).
Electric cars tend to perform quite poorly when it comes to depreciation, and the Cabriolet version of the Smart is even worse off than the fixed-roof Coupe on which it's based.
While that car will retain between 34 and 37% of its value after three years and 36,000 miles, the Cabriolet holds on to just 33-35%. Ironically, the petrol Cabrio is actually the most desirable Smart on the used market, retaining up to 46% of its price after three years.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Smart EQ ForTwo Cabriolet is the only convertible electric car on sale, but the Coupe version’s compromises apply here, too
- 2Range, battery & chargingTopping up the Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio’s batteries is easy, but the result is a limited real-world range
- 3Running costs - currently readingAs with any small electric car, the Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio will cost mere pennies to charge and run
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio is great fun to drive around town, but the small batteries and limited range mean it quickly runs out of puff
- 5Interior & comfortPerceived quality is on par with other electric cars in this part of the market, but can’t match models from Mercedes
- 6Practicality & boot spaceIf you want a small electric convertible, there’s nothing else quite like the Smart EQ ForTwo. But be prepared to pack light, because practicality is limited
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Smart EQ ForTwo is a tough city car, with decent reliability and an impressive crash-test score