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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Inside both the driver and passenger have more space than ever and there’s a definite step-up in the quality of materials and interior build quality. The driving position is highly adjustable and suitable for most body shapes, and there’s decent head room. Forward visibility is good, though the rear view can be restricted by the Fortwo’s thick rear pillars.

It’s mostly user-friendly inside with big, clear instruments plus simple buttons and switches. The fabric covered dash top and doors help give it an upmarket feel too, although there are a few hard plastics on show.

As you’d expect of a car that’s little more than 2.5 metres long, the Fortwo is pretty compact inside, but it makes good use of the available space. There’s plenty of elbow room and a surprising amount of legroom, even for taller drivers. The seats offer decent support while good noise insulation means it’s comfortable on longer trips and an improvement on the previous car.

The fabric roof slides electrically and can be opened at any speed – ideal if you get caught out in a sudden downpour. Having it part-way open acts as a sunroof – perfect for warm spring days. Air conditioning is only an option on Pure and Pulse models, but is highly recommended as the small cabin can get warm quickly.