Few cars can claim to be truly unique these days, but Smart’s Fortwo is probably one of the few left that can. Its two-seat, city car body style is under 2.7 metres long, and is really unlike anything else on the road.
As such, it’s difficult to judge against direct competition, although the best city cars, such as VW’s Up, Skoda’s Citigo and Seat’s Mii, will be on buyers’ minds. So too will city cars with lots of personalisation options, such as Fiat’s 500.
Around town, few cars can match the Fortwo’s agility, either. Its light quick steering and tiny dimensions make it perfectly suited to nipping in and out of traffic while its tiny turning circle makes light work of tight streets and parking.
However, outside the city, the quick steering and short wheelbase make it feel nervous in bends, and the Fortwo suffers from a generally poor ride. Refinement is pretty average too.
There’s generous space inside for two, but two’s your lot, while the cabin has too many cheap feeling plastics and borrowed Renault switchgear to justify the Fortwo’s comparatively high prices.
Ultimately, the Fortwo does a brilliant job in town, but its often-cheaper rivals offer more seats, more comfort, more quality and a better drive, making it difficult to recommend the Smart.