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

Relatively quick charge times can’t make up for the Smart EQ ForTwo's 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
68 miles17.6kWh3hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)55mins (0-100%, 22kW)*

*with optional 22kW on-board charger

The Smart EQ ForTwo is designed for city driving. Its tiny dimensions are perfectly suited to urban areas, but stop-start traffic harms the car’s already-limited range. It misses out on some of its rivals’ clever technology, too, with relatively few ways to maximise your range. Still, if you’ve got a short commute and can charge the EQ ForTwo regularly, it’s a fantastic car to live with.

Smart EQ ForTwo range

Officially, the EQ ForTwo should manage up to 68 miles on a single charge, which is a long way short of the latest versions of rival models like the SEAT Mii Electric and Renault ZOE.

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The Smart has an Eco button, which restricts power usage and throttle response, adding vital miles to the car’s usable range. Depending on your driving style, it could offer as many as 20 extra miles to the car’s predicted range. Switching the air-con off will boost this, too.

Charge time

Smart says you can charge your ForTwo to 80% full in as little as 40 minutes. However, you’ll need a home wallbox or public charger for that rate. From a domestic three-pin power socket, the Smart takes “less than six hours” to reach 80%. Smart provides charging cables for home charging as well as for wallbox and public charging stations.

Battery warranty

Smart offers an eight-year/62,000-mile battery warranty with every new EQ model. This is transferable to any subsequent owner, and will be valid even if you buy the car used (as long as it has been serviced in line with the manufacturer's schedule).

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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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