Smart EQ ForTwo Coupe (2014-2019) practicality & boot space
The Smart EQ ForTwo is a dinky two-seater, but those after more space should look to the more practical ForFour
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Many buyers love the Smart EQ ForTwo’s cute shape. Nothing else takes up as little space on the road while still offering reasonable interior space for two front-seat passengers. Clever packaging ensures it’s not as tight inside as you might expect, although luggage space and interior storage is in short supply.
Smart EQ ForTwo interior space, storage & comfort
The Smart EQ ForTwo (as the name suggests) is only big enough for two people. Those after a bit more room should look to the Smart ForFour (with four seats) or better still, the Volkswagen e-up! or Ford Focus-sized e-Golf.
That said, there’s plenty of space for two people to sit comfortably in the EQ ForTwo. The doors are wide, so access is easy, and visibility is good thanks to the large glass windows and short bonnet. In fact, nothing this side of a scooter or motorbike will be as easy to park on congested city streets.
Interior storage is pretty poor. There are bins in the doors and a pair of cupholders ahead of the gearlever, but the glovebox is small. In fact, if you choose to carry the user manual around, there’s not much space for anything else.
The EQ ForTwo takes its brief as a city car to the extreme, offering very little in the way of boot space or practical cubbies. The tiny 260-litre boot is big enough for a couple of soft bags, but not much else. Being a two-seater means there’s no option to fold down the seats for extra luggage capacity, either.
The Volkswagen e-up!’s 250-litre boot is a similar size with the seats in place, but fold them down and you’ll reveal a useful 923-litre load bay. Not huge, but if that extra versatility is important, the Smart EQ may not be the right car for you.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Smart EQ ForTwo is a fantastic city runabout, but it’s hampered by its two-seat body, limited practicality and relatively short electric range
- 2Range, battery & chargingRelatively quick charge times can’t make up for the Smart EQ ForTwo's limited real-world range
- 3Running costsDepending on how you charge your Smart EQ ForTwo, you can expect to see your motoring bills plummet
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceA peppy electric motor and low weight mean the Smart EQ ForTwo is quick off the mark, making it fun to drive around town
- 5Interior & comfortDespite being produced by Mercedes, the Smart EQ ForTwo can’t match its sleek siblings for interior quality
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe Smart EQ ForTwo is a dinky two-seater, but those after more space should look to the more practical ForFour
- 7Reliability & safetyDon’t be fooled by the Smart EQ ForTwo's size: this is one surprisingly tough city car