Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio range, battery & charging

Topping up the Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio’s batteries is easy, but the result is a limited real-world range

Range Battery size Wallbox charge time Fast charge time
96 miles (NEDC) 17.6kWh 2 hours 30 mins (7.4kW, 0-80%) N/A

Like its coupe sibling, the Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio is designed for urban driving. It’s so easy to drive around town, with instant zip from the silent electric motor and a tight turning circle that makes it simple to park and manoeuvre. Yet the relatively short electric range means you’ll need somewhere you can plug it in on a regular basis, which isn’t always easy for urban dwellers. If you can, it’s a great car for city living.

Smart ForTwo EQ range

The Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio uses the same batteries and electric motor as the Coupe version, which means it’ll manage an identical 99-mile range – even with the roof down. While the Volkswagen up! isn’t available in convertible form, it’ll manage a similar range before needing a charge.

While clever tech is thin on the ground, the Smart does get an eco button, which limits the amount of power on offer – in turn giving you more miles per charge. However, it’s worth noting that if you make good use of the Smart’s instant acceleration, or drive around with the air-con on full blast, the car’s range will plummet. In everyday driving, a range of between 65 and 80 miles is perhaps more realistic.

Charge time

Depending on the type of charger you use, it is possible to top up the Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio from zero to 80% in just 40 minutes. To do so, you’ll need a powerful home wallbox or a rapid public charging point. Using a three-pin plug will take about six hours.

Every version comes with charging cables for charging at home, as well as when you’re out and about.

Battery warranty

Like the Coupe, the Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio comes with an eight-year/62,000-mile battery warranty. Providing you have the car serviced as per the manufacturer’s schedule, this warranty is transferable to any subsequent owners, too.

Battery lease

There’s currently no way of leasing your EQ ForTwo Cabrio’s battery. The cost of the battery is included in the car’s list price.