Next Green Car – Urban Car Award 2018

Urban Car WINNER: Smart EQ fortwo coupe

The Smart range is tailored to urban driving, and the addition of the all-electric EQ badge makes for an ideal runabout. A compact footprint, nippy performance, light steering, and no gears to worry about means that the Smart EQ fortwo is a doddle to drive about town - and with zero-tailpipe emissions, does its bit to improve local air quality.

New this year - alongside the EQ branding - is the addition of a 22 kW on-board charger option. This really opens the Smart range up, as on the standard 7 kW on-board charger model, the minimum charging time was more than 2.5 hours - now it's less than 40 minutes to charge its 17.6 kWh battery.

The ability to replenish the Smart EQ fortwo's almost 100 mile official range (80 miles real-world) in a third of the time than previously possible makes this EV far more flexible than before, and a better all-round model for that. Smart's EQ fortwo coupe with 22 kW on-board charger is priced from £17,695 OTR (including the Category 1 OLEV grant).

Next Green Car Urban Car Winner 2018

NGC verdict: "Small but perfectly packaged for urban driving, the Smart EQ fortwo is a leading example of an electric car that's better suited to its task than the petrol version. It's easily one of the best ways to get about town on four wheels."

Next: NGC Supermini Award 2018

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:2nd Mar 2021

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