2019 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vs. 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

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2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

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Safety

Both the ForTwo Electric Drive and the e-Golf 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The ForTwo Electric Drive comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The e-Golf’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The ForTwo Electric Drive comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years 50,000 miles. Smart will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the e-Golf.

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 e-Golf’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The ForTwo Electric Drive has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The e-Golf’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 e-Golf doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the ForTwo Electric Drive’s turning circle is 13 feet tighter than the e-Golf’s (22.8 feet vs. 35.8 feet).

Chassis

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1100 pounds less than the Volkswagen e-Golf.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 5 feet, 2 inches shorter than the e-Golf, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 5.3 inches narrower than the e-Golf, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

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

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The e-Golf’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics

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 e-Golf doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The e-Golf’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Model Availability

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Volkswagen e-Golf isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

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