What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For It has funky styling, excellent fuel economy, and you can park it just about anywhere

Against The Fortwo is slow, the gearchange is lumpy, and the ride isn't good either

Verdict It's trendy and fun, but too small and too quirky to have mainstream appeal

Go for… 61bhp Pulses

Avoid… Brabus models

Smart Fortwo Coupe
  • 1. Smart's ownership by Mercedes' parent group is no guarantee of good quality
  • 2. Because the gearchange is so jerky, it could be hard to spot a fault. Check the service history thoroughly for signs of past problems
  • 3. The steering joints are said to be problematic
  • 4. Despite being two feet shorter than a Mini, there's sufficient room for two six-footers to sit in comfort
  • 5. There's enough space in the boot to stow a small amount of luggage
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