smart #1 named best Small Electric SUV at 2024 What Car? Awards

What Car Awards 2024, Steve Huntingford, Dirk Adelmann, Will Nightingale

From left to right: Steve Huntingford, Editor at What Car?; Dirk Adelmann, CEO of smart Europe GmbH; and Will Nightingale, Road Test Editor at What Car?.

January 22, 2024, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. The smart #1 has claimed the title of best Small Electric SUV at the prestigious 2024 What Car? Awards. The recognition is the latest in a series of accolades for the all-electric SUV since its launch, including receiving a coveted five-star rating from What Car?'s expert reviewers.

A second What Car? award for the #1, following its first-place finish in the Best Small SUV category of the What Car? EV Awards in August, the win reflects the continued appeal of the smart’s class-leading performance and safety, despite the emergence of multiple rivals since.

Established in 1978, the What Car? Awards are among the most esteemed accolades in the industry, celebrating outstanding achievements and innovations from across the automotive spectrum.

We are thrilled to receive this significant What Car? Award, which recognizes smart’s commitment to delivering outstanding products in the electric vehicle sector. With the imminent arrival of the even more affordable #1 Pro in the UK, and the upcoming launch of our exceptionally well-received #3, we are confident that smart will continue to set new standards for practicality, design, and value in 2024.

Dirk Adelmann, CEO for smart Europe

It's as good to drive as it is safe, and has an interior that's both classy and practical. You also get loads of equipment for your money, despite pricing being highly competitive. And like all of the best electric cars, it combines a good range with fast charging.

Steve Huntingford, Editor at WhatCar?

* Combined electricity consumption in kWh/100 km: 18.2 (BRABUS), 16.8 (Premium), 17.4 (Pro+), 18.1 (Pro) (WLTP); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 0; Electric range (WLTP) in km: 400 (BRABUS), 440 (Premium), 420 (Pro+), 310 (Pro). For more information, please visit https://uk.smart.com/en/service/legal/. 

The smart #1 is the winner of the Golden Steering Wheel 2023 in the category "Best car under 50,000 euros" (AUTO BILD 45/2023 & BILD am SONNTAG 46/2023) and winner of the Car of the Year Award 2024 in the category "Best compact SUV of the year" ("Best small electric SUV of the Year"; https://www.whatcar.com/news/car-of-the-year-awards-best-small-electric-suv/n26452).

About smart:  
smart Europe GmbH was founded in June 2020 as a wholly owned subsidiary of smart Automobile Co., Ltd. based in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, near Stuttgart. smart Europe’s international team is responsible for all sales, marketing and after-sales activities for the next generation of smart vehicles, products and services of the brand in the European market. With Dirk Adelmann as CEO and Martin Günther as CFO, the company is developing its full potential in Europe with a highly efficient and customer-oriented business model. smart Automobile Co., Ltd. was established as a global joint venture between Mercedes-Benz AG and Geely Automobile Co., Ltd. smart is positioning itself as a leading provider of intelligent electric vehicles in the premium segment.