These days, smart cars are gradually becoming a mainstream alternative to the conventional diesel and petrol models, and for most people, they’re more appealing. Before going out to purchase one, you should know which to choose. Here is a list of the 5 best smart cars on the market today.
Toyota Prius Hatchback
The Toyota Prius was originally introduced in 1997, has been further developed and upgraded to be one of the best in its category. It delivers 40 km/hour, and it has CO2 emissions of only 70 g/km, so it remains below the Congestion threshold, and it is becoming increasingly popular with taxis - and private drivers. The styling looks a bit strange for some, but the shape of the hatchback makes it spacious as well as a family car, while the smooth suspension and its silence make it quite comfortable to travel.
Hyundai Ioniq Smart Car
The biggest rival of the Toyota Prius hybrid is the Hyundai. Fuel consumption is a good match for the Japanese car, despite the fact that it is faster. It feels like driving a conventional car, thanks to the automatic gearbox with double-clutch that behaves better than the CVT gearbox of the Prius which is noisy. The Toyota product returns with more comfortable driving, thanks to the smoother suspension which, remarkably enough, also performs reliably in bumpy turns and roads. Most buyers find that better value of the Hyundai outweighs the limitations and the five-year warranty with unlimited mileage offers extra reassurance.
Toyota C-HR Hybrid
Toyota is a forerunner in technology, but they have also built a reputation with designs that are very conservative. The Toyota C-HR is proof that stylists go with the times, not only because this car has an advanced smart drive, but it also does not look like other crossovers. Sharp lines, concealed door handles on the rear doors, and a diving roof-line disguises the fact that the C-HR smart car is almost equal in size to the Nissan Qashqai. However, it also looks much sportier. With the same chassis as the latest Prius, it has a 1.8-liter petrol engine and goes from 0 to 100 km/hour in 11 seconds. It has excellent steering and also drives comfortably.
Mercedes E350e Hybrid
The newest Mercedes E-Class is an excellent executive sedan, and although it is somewhat expensive, the E530e hybrid version is awe-inspiring. You get all the strengths of the popular E-Class - a spirited driving experience, beautiful interior, luxurious rear seats - together with amazingly low operating costs. Official tests indicate that this car achieves approximately 57 km per hour, while CO2 emissions vary from 45 to 55 g/km, depending on whether you choose 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels – thanks to a smart plug-in system that allows fully electric driving up to 32 kilometers.
BMW 330e Hybrid
While hybrid and electric models are usually associated with distinctive designs, as in earlier models, plug-in hybrids such as the BMW PHEV prove that the current alternative to fuel cars in the masses. You will not even be able to distinguish the hybrid BMW 3 Series smart cars from the petrol or diesel variant. Below the bonnet you will find a 2.0-liter petrol engine and an electric engine that produces a total of 252 hp, it drives you in just 6.1 seconds from 0 to 100 km/hour - much faster than the common BMW 320d diesel. With the battery fully charged, the 330e can drive noiselessly for more than 40 kilometers. In official tests, the electric drive helps the 330e to get a fuel consumption of 63 km/hour.