2019 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vs. 2019 Fiat 500e

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Fiat 500e doesn’t offer pretensioners.

The ForTwo Electric Drive Passion/Prime offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The 500e doesn't offer a collision warning system.

Both the ForTwo Electric Drive and the 500e have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Tires and Wheels

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s optional 185/50R16 front and 205/45R16 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series front and 45 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 500e’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the ForTwo Electric Drive offers optional 16-inch wheels. The 500e’s largest wheels are only 15-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The ForTwo Electric Drive has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The 500e’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 500e doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the ForTwo Electric Drive is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the 500e.

For better maneuverability, the ForTwo Electric Drive’s turning circle is 8.5 feet tighter than the 500e’s (22.8 feet vs. 31.3 feet).

Chassis

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 pounds less than the Fiat 500e.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 3 feet shorter than the 500e, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe has .8 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more front legroom than the 500e.

Cargo Capacity

The ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 500e (9.2 vs. 7 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the ForTwo Electric Drive. The 500e doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The ForTwo Electric Drive uses a reverse-tilt hood for easier service access. The 500e uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The ForTwo Electric Drive has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 500e doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The 500e’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 500e’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The 500e’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The ForTwo Electric Drive offers an optional automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The 500e doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the ForTwo Electric Drive offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The 500e doesn’t offer cornering lights.

On extremely cold winter days, the ForTwo Electric Drive’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The 500e doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Model Availability

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Fiat 500e isn’t available as a convertible.

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