2019 Hyundai Nexo vs. 2018 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Nexo are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Nexo has standard crash mitigation brakes, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The ForTwo Electric Drive offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Nexo’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Nexo Limited has standard Parking Distance Warning to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Nexo’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Nexo’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Nexo’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Nexo has standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Nexo and the ForTwo Electric Drive have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Hyundai Nexo weighs 1607 to 1627 pounds more than the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.


The Nexo comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The ForTwo Electric Drive’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Nexo 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Smart covers the ForTwo Electric Drive. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the ForTwo Electric Drive ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Nexo’s corrosion warranty is 3 years and unlimited miles longer than the ForTwo Electric Drive’s (7/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 32 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Smart dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Nexo’s warranty.


The Nexo’s electric motor produces 81 more horsepower (161 vs. 80) and 173 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 118) than the ForTwo Electric Drive’s electric motor.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Nexo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ForTwo Electric Drive:



ForTwo Electric Drive

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

10.2 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

9” drums

The Hyundai Nexo has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the ForTwo Electric Drive. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Nexo has larger standard tires than the ForTwo Electric Drive (225/60R17 vs. 165/65R15). The Nexo Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ForTwo Electric Drive (245/45R19 vs. 185/50R16).

The Nexo’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the ForTwo Electric Drive’s standard 65 series front tires. The Nexo Limited’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the ForTwo Electric Drive’s optional 50 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nexo has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the ForTwo Electric Drive. The Nexo Limited’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 16-inch wheels optional on the ForTwo Electric Drive.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Hyundai Nexo has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Nexo’s wheelbase is 36.1 inches longer than on the ForTwo Electric Drive (109.8 inches vs. 73.7 inches).

Passenger Space

The Nexo has standard seating for 5 passengers; the ForTwo Electric Drive can only carry 2.

Cargo Capacity

The Nexo has a much larger cargo volume than the ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe (29.6 vs. 9.2 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Nexo’s cargo door can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its tailgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.


To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Nexo has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Proximity Key standard on the Nexo allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Nexo has a standard rear wiper. The ForTwo Electric Drive Cabrio doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Nexo has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The ForTwo Electric Drive only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Nexo detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield, the Nexo has standard extendable sun visors. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Nexo’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Smart charges extra for heated mirrors on the ForTwo Electric Drive.

The Nexo’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Nexo Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Nexo’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Nexo has a standard Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is standard on the Nexo. The Nexo’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a navigation system.

The Nexo has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Nexo Limited’s Remote Smart Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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