As you know, I recently picked up my brand new baby the Smart ForFour and I was delighted to take it on a proper road trip. The car is noted for being a perfect city car, but I also wondered how it would fare on countryside roads.
We were going on a weekend break to the Lake District, so I was looking forward to trying out some of the functions such as the limiter, cruise control and the Tom Tom live sat nav. The cruise control is fantastic and makes motorway driving an absolute breeze. No constantly tensed right foot and of course it keeps the wear down on those expensive shoe soles ;-).
The limiter allows you to set your own speed limit, which no matter how much you press down on your accelerator doesn’t let you exceed – a very good idea when you’re going from 60mph on a country road to a tiny village with a 30mph speed limit.
The Tom Tom Live comes with the package and it’s amazing. It tells you what the weather’s like at your destination, any live traffic updates and I’ve got it to talk to me in a male Irish accent. WIN.
The Lakes are simply beautiful to drive around, but it’s full of tight and curvy roads. The added bonus of a compact car like the ForFour is that squeezing past big jeeps and tractors coming the other way on teeny tiny lanes is no problem. I used to panic on narrow roads and this honestly takes away that worry. Going up big mountain passes was just a doddle too!
Another great advantage is the fold down seats. I’ve said before the car is a mini Tardis (a Cardis, sic) and it really is (hence packing five pairs of shoes for the weekend!). The ForFour is superb in a myriad of ways for mini-getaways.
It was great to pull over throughout the drive and just take in the stunning views. The Cumbrian Fells are so epic.
We stayed at the lovely Crosslands Farm B&B and even the owners were captivated about the new car (I actually gave them a look inside), as it really is perfect for living in the middle of nowhere too.
Overall, we had a great time. Here’s some more pics from the trip including the cutest lambs! (Click images to see the close up)
If you want to drive away in your own stylish little Smart (no deposit, £150 a month for 3 years, no road tax, no MOT and lots of other amazing benefits), check out the Smart of Newcastle website.