A height-adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat are optional on all but Brabus Xclusive versions of the Fourfour, when many rivals offer these essential features as standard. However, if you do specify them, the car’s driving position is fine.
Even with the upgrades fitted the steering wheel still doesn’t move in or out, but as you don’t need to stretch too far to reach it, this isn’t a big problem. There’s no rest for your left foot but because the seat, steering wheel and pedals are all nicely aligned, the Smart still manages to be comfortable, even on longer trips.
The seat is supportive but as is the case with many city cars, the backrest is adjusted by a lever and ratchet instead of a wheel, so you only get a limited number of angles to choose from.
All the buttons and controls are easy to reach and clearly labelled. Every version comes with steering wheel-mounted controls, so you can keep your hands on the wheel while making adjustments to the stereo.