Comparison in terms of what?Would someone who had the "traditional" or original smart ED that has replaced it with the new (Renault?) ED tell me your real world comparison?
Mine will come up for turn-in in a few months and I could use a bit of info on the experience. Thanks!
Yes, the new one is better in literally every single way. The only drawback is what feels like less trunk capacity, and the side view mirror adjustment knob location on the door panel. Every other aspect of the 453 is improved IMO. Countless improvements.Thanks, guess you like the new one a lot!
So there's less crashing over sharp bumps and the range is comparable or better?
That's pretty impressive. I have seen wilder results. Sometimes I feel like I can blow past 80 miles in range, other times I can see how 58 was chosen even though I've never believed 58 miles was all it could handle. For the most part though, I believe a real world 70 mile without recharging expectation is very easy. Easier than the 451 ever was.I live in Canada on the Wet Coast, and can tell you based on experience that the mileage for the 453 is much better than the EPA estimate. During the Autumn I was getting 91 miles per charge and now in Winter (below freezing at night) 71 miles per charge. The cabin is per-conditioned for the drive to work so the heater is not required. Sometimes the seat heaters are used however, this doesn't seem to impact the range whatsoever...
Yes, the Cross Connect app + smartphone cradle is a great way to utilize your smartphone in the car while you drive. It certainly beats not having it at all. I am kind of using the "telematics" term to describe what you mentioned as the technical definition, but also the smartphone cradle being an easily way to use your smartphone for any purpose you want to while driving the car. You can download any random app and with your phone there it just feels like whatever you want your phone to do was part of the design of the car.I had to look up "telematics", this is what the internet told me:
Telematics is a method of monitoring a vehicle. By combining a GPS system with on-board diagnostics it's possible to record – and map – exactly where a car is and how fast it's traveling, and cross reference that with how a car is behaving internally.
Is that a reference to the Cross Connect app? It's interesting but I find the interface a bit cryptic. Honestly it's nothing I would brag about.
From my use of our 453 the 58 mile range is pretty much spot on when driving in the cold with heater, lights, wipers, essentially running full load. I live in the greater Boston area and we have lots of twists, turns and hills. The car's efficiency is pushed at these times. Last fall I was able to reach 100 mile range as my best on a single charge. I might be able to get a bit better range but my drive times are random so I don't have the luxury to precondition the cabin.
Finally, what voice control does the car have?
I don't want to come across sour but I think that the phone cradle looks like something that was picked up at Auto Zone and stuck in front of the central cluster. I have one and it's functional but the fact that it covers up many of the buttons and controls is just a poor design in my opinion. I think I would be less negative if it integrated with car better or simply didn't hide the switches and radio display.Yes, the Cross Connect app + smartphone cradle is a great way to utilize your smartphone in the car while you drive. It certainly beats not having it at all. I am kind of using the "telematics" term to describe what you mentioned as the technical definition, but also the smartphone cradle being an easily way to use your smartphone for any purpose you want to while driving the car. You can download any random app and with your phone there it just feels like whatever you want your phone to do was part of the design of the car.
Steering wheel voice control button is now functional on the 2018 smart fortwo electric drive models. It is now working with many iPhones as a way to use SIRI, and it works with many Android devices, for ex: "hello Google" and you can talk your way into using your apps.
It's pretty cool to talk my way through my Android phone as I command it to open up MAPS and speak my destination into the car all handsfree.
Not sure if an update will work on the 2016/17 gassers, but you can try. The mechanicals are all the same as far as I know...Software update for 2016s? I’ll be headed to dealer soon for regular checkup.