Smart Cabrio Is A Budget 911


The Smart Cabrio is a new entry in the convertible segment. How does it compare to the 911 Cabriolet?

Seating for two. Check.

Convertible body style. Check.

Engine in the rear. Check.

Made by a prestigious German manufacturer. Check.

Priced under $20,000. WHAT?

Soon you will be able to get behind the wheel of the 2017 Smart Cabrio, the lowest-priced new convertible on the market. Coming this fall at $18,900 (plus $750 destination charge), it offers top-down fun at a bargain price. That’s $82,800 less than the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet it shares its engine layout, body style and Germanic heritage with!

Granted, the Porsche is faster, handles better, is more luxurious inside (even though you only get partial leather seats), and is flashier than the Smart Cabrio. But then, you should get something for that extra $82,800!

Less Can Be More

But consider the alternative. The Smart Cabrio is a car that does many things well, especially if you live in an urban area. Easy to park, economical to own, very safe, and top-down fun when the sun comes out! The 2017 Smart Cabrio is a complete redesign, with many improvements over the earlier version of the car.

Even The Roof Is Smart

The Smart Cabrio offers a variety of ways to let the sun in. The retractable roof panel can be opened like a sunroof. The rear section folds down like a conventional convertible top. And the side bars above the windows can be removed and stored in the trunk for a fully top-down experience. The sturdy roof pillars remain to protect you in the event of a rollover.

Sustainability Is A Smart Cabrio Virtue

Smart has also considered how to deal with the end of its cars’ lives. All Smart vehicles are designed to be 85% recyclable and over 95% reclaimable. One more way to be green!

So whether you have $100,000 burning a hole in your pocket, or you just want the most top-down new car pleasure you can get on a limited budget, check out the 2017 Smart Cabrio. For once, fun comes cheap!