Hugely popular in crowded European cities, the Smart ForTwo hasn’t quite captured the imagination of British drivers in the same way despite a quietly passionate following. The adaptability to electric power just goes to show how ahead of its time the original concept was though. That the ForTwo requires so little compromise to switch to electric power finally makes sense of it. If you were chucking £100 a month of fuel into a regular one you’d need two and half years to claw back the £2,795 premium over a 90bhp automatic petrol ForTwo Cabrio (the ED is £18,560 with the £4,500 OLEV grant) but the electric Smart makes sense for more than just the number crunching.
Price tag of our car: from £18,560 (Smart ForTwo Cabrio Electric Drive with £4,500 OLEV grant deducted)