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Smart ForTwo Cabrio convertible (2016-2019) - Reliability & safety

The Smart ForTwo Cabrio should prove as safe as the coupe

Carbuyer Rating

2.9 out of 5

Owners Rating

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.0 out of 5

Smart is owned by Mercedes-Benz, so its cars tend to be pretty well built. Like the ForTwo coupe, the Cabrio is built around a 'Tridion' safety cell that's designed to cocoon occupants in a crash. The fact that the engine is in the back of the car means the front effectively becomes a crumple zone that absorbs energy in the case of a head-on collision.

Smart ForTwo Cabrio reliability

The coupe version of the ForTwo is already on sale, but it was too new to feature in our most recent Driver Power customer satsifaction survey, so it's hard to know how exactly how reliable it is. So far there have been no reported major issues, though, and since the ForTwo Cabrio uses almost all the same parts as the coupe, it's likely to be just as problem-free.

Safety

The ForTwo Cabrio's size might make you worry about how it would perform in a crash, but the coupe version proved very safe when tested by Euro NCAP. The absence of an automatic braking system meant it only received an overall rating of four out of five stars, but it performed well in the adult occupant, child occupant and pedestrian protection categories. The Cabrio has yet to be tested, but we'd expect it score roughly the same as the coupe.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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