Funky image, great fun to drive, very economical and cheap to run, characterful turbocharged engine, Brabus version available
Limited luggage space, some scratchy interior plastics, noisy at motorway speeds
List the key attributes for any good small sports car and stylish good looks, sharp handling and peppy engines are likely to be at the top. The Smart Roadster boasts all three, plus that all important fun factor, making it one of the most characterful two seaters of recent times. It is very small at less than three and half metres long, but there's a surprising amount of legroom in the cabin, even for those over six foot tall.
Powered by a distinctive 698cc turbocharged engine its performance figures don't look particularly impressive on paper, but out on the road it feels very nippy, with great acceleration from low down. The Roadster Coupe is also great fun and guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you get behind the wheel. It's a car that is destined to be a future classic.
What owners say about this car
I always admired the look of these when I used to drive a fourtwo. I considered one a few years... Read owner review
The coupe has reasonable luggage capacity. I bought the roadster bags that fit perfectly so have... Read owner review
At 71 because the doors open wide and are on the large side, I can get into it with ease. Read owner review