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Smart Roadster Coupe interior, tech and comfort

2003 - 2007 (change model)
Comfort rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Everything is within easy reach of the driver (even the nearside wing mirror adjustment) and although there’s lots of plastic, it’s pretty well screwed together with a sporty feel – helped by cowled round dials. Not everyone likes the sequential gearchange, which is operated via the gearstick or optional steering wheel mounted paddles, but with familiarity it’s less of an issue.

The plastics aren’t especially hardwearing though and can scratch quite easily, especially on the doors, while the stereo isn’t great for volume or quality of sound. Models with the removable roof panels can be quite squeaky and rattly, especially on uneven country roads.

As you’d expect of a car this size, the interior of the Roadster Coupe is pretty cosy, but there’s more room than you’d imagine. Legroom is surprisingly good, even for taller drivers, helped by the fact there’s no clutch pedal. There’s plenty of headroom too and the seats are pretty comfortable, although they do lack the support needed for longer journeys.

It can be very noisy on the motorway and there’s lots of wind noise from the roof – especially on models with the optional removable roof panels. It’s far from relaxing as a result so long journeys can be quite tiring. There’s also a fair amount of engine noise, as it sits directly behind the driver, but it’s characterful more than intrusive.