The Smart Fortwo Can Hold Up to a Speeding S-Class [w/video]
The major argument car buyers have against small city cars is as follows: “But won’t I get smushed in a car accident?” A valid concern – these pint-sized commuters put less metal between the driver and the rest of the world, but Smart is out to prove that the new Fortwo is just as safe as anything. To do so, Smart pitted the Fortwo against a much larger Mercedes S-Class in a head-on crash test. Both cars traveled at 31 mph before impacting with a 50 percent front overlap (the Smart presumably pulled toward the S-Class thanks to its immense gravity). RELATED: Check out photos of the sporty-looking 2003 Smart Roadster
As the video suggests, it’s a veritable David and Goliath match-up: 2,477 lbs vs. 5,088 lbs. But thanks to the Fortwo’s ‘Tridion’ safety cell, the passenger compartment remained perfectly intact and spread the force of the impact. Just a little food for thought the next time you hop in a small car.
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