Reliability of the Smart ForFour

The ADAC breakdown statistics determine which Smart models are the most reliable and which have broken down most – a good help when buying a used Smart ForFour.

In the statistics for 2021, all the breakdowns for which the German Yellow Angels had to move out in 2020 were recorded and evaluated. There is enough data available that gives an objective picture of the reliability of the Smart ForFour.

Smart ForFour Reliability

Breakdowns in the 2020 calendar year

EZ 2011 EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017 EZ 2018
32,8 25,1 16,6 11,3

Breakdowns in the 2019 calendar year

EZ 2010 EZ 2011 EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017
30,1 31,3 9,8

Legend: Number of breakdowns per 1,000 vehicles registered (= breakdown index) by year of first registration (EZ)

Common Breakdowns

  • Starter (2015)
  • Battery (2015-2017)

Source: ADAC

If you wish to know more about eventual problems of a specific car (e.g. real mileage, potential traffic accidents damages, odometer rollback, repairs, etc.), then we suggest going to HPI-Check.

Check the vehicle’s history

See the Reliability of other Makes


Recent ForFour Recalls

Smart-Forfour-2017-recall
14. 10. 2017

The strength of the left front steering knuckle may be insufficient. As a result, the steering knuckle could break, affecting the … .

smart-forfour-2015-recall
29. 09. 2017

As a result of the weakening of the braking rope wrench adjustment knob, the hand brake lever travel could be prolonged … .

24. 06. 2016

The anchorage for the rear seat backrest may not be sufficiently resistant. In the event of a head-on crash, heavy objects … .

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