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Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio (2014-2019) range, battery & charging

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

Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

2.5 out of 5

Price
£22,225 - £23,375
Fuel Type:
Electric
RangeBattery sizeWallbox charge timeFast charge time
70 miles17.6kWh2hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)55mins (0-100%, 22kW)*

*with optional 22kW on-board charger

Like its coupe sibling, the Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio is designed for urban driving. It’s 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 EQ ForTwo Cabrio range

The Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio uses the same batteries and electric motor as the Coupe version, which means it’ll manage an identical 70-mile range – even with the roof down.

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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.

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.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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