This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Smart Fortwo Coupe (15-19) review.

Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The interior of the Fortwo is very stylish thanks to features such as the fabric covered dash and doors, funky column stalks and – on Pulse models and above – the pod-style dials on the centre of the dash top. The CD stereo is simple to use with clear buttons and the large speedo is easy to read. Quality is generally good, although there are some scratchy plastics on show, more noticeable on the entry-level models.

Visibility is impressive though – helped by the car’s compact dimensions and large windscreen.

The firm ride means the Fortwo isn’t great at soaking up potholes or rough roads, whether in town or on the motorway. However, there’s decent noise insulation and the engines are quiet when cruising, it’s just a shame that the sluggish gearchange means the Smart can pitch and dive between shifts. Thankfully there is plenty of space for both the driver and passenger and despite the short overall length, legroom is plentiful.

The seats offer good support too. Air conditioning is optional on Pure and Pulse, but standard on Passion and Brabus models.