Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Possibly a more mature cabin than its predecessor, the Smart Fortwo Cabriolet is not as much visual fun despite still being as busy as a bath full of otters. Any premium aspirations are somewhat let down by blatant distribution of Renault switchgear, cheapening the cabin noticeably.

The optional seven-inch touchscreen media system is not great to use, with lethargic sat-nav likely to be bested by Google Maps on the average smartphone in standard-fit cradle. Considering Bluetooth, aux-in and USB connectivity is standard we’d suggest you save your money.

We found the two-position roof with glass rear screen uncomfortable on the ears in large-sunroof mode out of town. It works better with a second button press to wrap the roof down over the B-pillar and bunch it up behind. The removable roof side rails feel slightly pointless, too, and despite triple layering of hood fabrics, progress is quite noisy at high speed, with proceedings dominated by road noise.

The seats are very comfortable, though, and the Smart Fortwo Cabriolet has a good driving position, but reach and rake adjustment is an essential optional extra on even top-specification models.

Its low speed ride is unlikely to impress on bombed-out British roads, but settles quite well at motorway speeds.