2001 smart fortwo - city coupe Pulse 0.6 turbo
Fantastic cheap fun
The door handle broke off on the driver's side, but just wear and tear, it's a 6 year old car and it was cheaply fixed.
The smart is the best car I've ever owned. I get 57 mpg every time I drive it, and it makes me smile when I'm driving.
The smart is a fantastic place to sit. The seats are supportive, visibility is great around the car, being surrounded entirely by glass. The controls are chunky and funky, although everything is plastic or carpeted (including the dashboard) everything feels well built.
The handling of the car around town is tight, and with the hard suspension, feels very much like a go-kart. However, on country roads, the hard suspension can give a jolty ride.
On motorways the car is fine until there's a wind. It makes the car lean to one side which feels disconcerting at speed. I've never had a problem with it and frequently drive long distances, but there are times I wish for a more relaxing drive in something less high-sided.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th February, 2008