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Smart Forfour Hatchback 60kW EQ Premium 17kWh Auto (22kWch) MY21

Smart Forfour Hatchback

60kW EQ Premium 17kWh Auto (22kWch) MY21

Personal price per month Incl VAT
24 months £261.38
36 months £205.70
48 months £195.79
Smart Forfour Hatchback 60kW EQ Premium 17kWh Auto (22kWch)

Smart Forfour Hatchback

60kW EQ Premium 17kWh Auto (22kWch)

Personal price per month Incl VAT
24 months £346.37
36 months £266.87
48 months £243.34
Smart Forfour Hatchback 60kW EQ Exclusive 17kWh Auto (22kWch)

Smart Forfour Hatchback

60kW EQ Exclusive 17kWh Auto (22kWch)

Personal price per month Incl VAT
24 months £361.44
36 months £277.99
48 months £254.66

Why Lease The Forfour Hatchback?

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Smart ForFour Hatchback Review 2021

The Smart EQ ForFour is a pure-electric car that combines city car dimensions and nippy performance with room inside for up to four people. 

As one of the cheapest electric cars on the market, the Smart EQ ForFour is a popular lease choice with young professionals and city drivers thanks to its super-tight turning circle, smooth power delivery and an electric range of up to 81 miles. 

Rivals to the Smart EQ ForFour include the Skoda Citigo-e iV, Volkswagen e-Up, MINI Electric and the Renault Zoe. 

Our Smart ForFour Hatchback review covers:

Smart ForFour Hatchback Key Features

  • Quirky exterior style with new bonnet, grille and lights
  • Updated interior with eight-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto as standard
  • 185-litre boot, which expands to 975 litres with the rear seats folded
  • 17kWh battery and 81bhp electric motor for an electric range of up to 81 miles
  • Two trim levels, including Exclusive and Premium

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

At first glance, the Smart ForFour doesn't look much different than its two-seater sibling, the Smart EQ ForTwo. At just 3495mm in length and is 1665mm wide, this quirky city car retains its compact dimensions and cheeky face but includes some subtle styling enhancements introduced in 2020, including a smoother bonnet, larger grille and bumper and new lights. There is also more alloy wheel and colour choices, allowing even more personalisation.

As the name suggests, the Smart ForFour offers seating for up to four people inside. Yet while the wide-opening doors make it easy to get into, space is at a premium once inside. 

At the back, there's enough room for two adults. Still, space is extremely tight, and those over six feet tall will feel cramped fairly quickly. Storage is also in short supply, with fairly small door pockets, a tiny glovebox and a small cubby near the gear selector that houses a couple of cupholders. 

Boot space isn't great either. At just 185 litres, the boot can squeeze in a couple of carry-on cases, but it is significantly down on rivals such as Volkswagen e-up! (250 litres), Renault Zoe (338 litres) and MG ZS EV (448 litres). You can, however, fold the rear seats in a 50/50 configuration, leaving a completely flat floor and increasing the space to 975 litres. 

Interior and Trims

Inside, the Smart EQ ForFour's interior was updated in 2020 with a new centre console, new cupholders and a place for smartphones. Its funky design feels high quality with various materials, including glossy plastics, although rivals such as the Renault Zoe and MG ZS EV feel plusher.

All versions come with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, DAB radio and Bluetooth. While the touchscreen lags at times, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are also standard, so you can use your phone apps on the screen. 

Two trim levels are available, including Exclusive and Premium. 

The entry-level Exclusive trim level offers the best value for money and comes with LED daytime driving lights, heated seats, heated steering wheel, automatic climate control, parking sensors and camera and 16-inch alloy wheels,

The Premium trim adds full LED headlights, automatic wipers and leather seats.

Power and Performance

The Smart ForFour is powered by a 17kWh battery and an electric motor to deliver a respectable 81bhp. Its nippy acceleration takes you from 0-62 mph in 12.7 seconds which is more than enough for the city but is significantly slower than the Zoe's 9.5 seconds and the MINI Electric's 7.3 seconds.

The ForFour's electric range is also lower than its rivals. At 81 miles officially, it doesn't quite match up to the Mini Electric at 145 miles and the Renault Zoe at 245 miles. That said, charging to 80% via a 22kWh fast charger takes less than 40 minutes, and a full charge at home using a 7kWh charger will take just four hours and will cost £3. 

Out on the road, the FourFour excels in an urban environment. It feels very manoeuvrable in town thanks to its light steering and compact proportions, although you're more likely to feel lumps and bumps in the road than in an Up or Citigo. 

Out on the motorway, however, the FourFour becomes uncomfortable. Here, its light steering and bumpy drive remove much of the fun when cornering hard, with the Zoe and Volkswagen e-Up providing greater dynamism along twisty roads. 

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Smart ForFour Hatchback start from £21,940.00 OTR* or to lease from Price On Request per month.

Thinking of going green for 2021? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has some fantastic lease offers on the Smart ForFour, including road tax, breakdown cover, the full manufacturer's warranty and free mainland GB delivery, all included in the monthly rental. 

What's more, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts works directly with the Smart UK franchised dealer network to offer you some of the best lease prices available, as well as the trust and reliability that comes from a main dealership. 

*'On the road' price is correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change. Always check with your nearest retailer.  

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Average Rating Based on 4 reviews
4.5 out of 5

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3.9 out of 5
Ayse Smart Forfour Hatchback 60kW EQ Pulse Premium 17kWh Auto (22kWch)

Love the car for what I need it for. However, the battery doesn’t last long. I get about a 40mile range on a full charge. Could not go any further than around the city. The battery life is poor. As a little run around it’s spot on. You definitely need a second car as this would be no good as a main family car purely because the range is so bad.

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5.0 out of 5
Eliana Smart Forfour Hatchback 60kW EQ Pulse Premium 17kWh Auto (22kWch)

Great car for in city driving, small and compact, love that it's electric, Great car!

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4.1 out of 5
Lucy Smart Forfour Hatchback 60kW EQ Passion Advanced 17kWh Auto (22kWch)

First electric car I have driven and I am completely sold. A wonderfully quiet and easy driving experience: has made me fall in love with driving again. It is surprisingly nippy and very easy to charge-just a case of plugging into a wall socket. For a small car it has a great modern interior with a user friendly screen for music, phone etc. Being a compact vehicle there is not much space in the back for passengers (especially leg room) and the arm rest between the two front seats feels in the way when in the down position. The glove box is tiny-could do with being able to at least fit the car's manual in. However the car is used mainly to travel to and from work, which is only about 4 miles away: so it is ideal. The size of the battery is something I didn't take into consideration-my particular battery size only hits about 84 miles on a full charge-this is not strictly true either as the advice is to not take the battery under 20%. Overall though, for what I use it for I have been able to adapt to it's restrictions. In summary, I would highly recommend electric cars as I have had a positive experience with mine. Just hope that charging points will become as prolific as petrol stations-this would give me more confidence to venture further.

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