Funky pocket rocket
Broken light switch.
A brand new two seater turbocharged Mercedes with air conditioning, four airbags, ABS, traction control and lots more for the price of a second hand well used super mini? That will be the Smart.
Incredibly economical and surprisingly roomy for two with excellent all round vision.
Seating is firm and comfortable with good support.
Performance is excellent given the minuscule cubic capacity.
Enthusiastic drivers will not be disappointed and the car will cruise quietly and comfortably at motorway speeds all day without complaint.
Pushing on through twisty roads the car is great fun and very drivable with a minimum of under-steer, but the gearbox does need to be worked.
Faster changes from the clutch-less gear box would be welcome, but this modification is just one of many available from a growing band of performance enhancing specialists.
Don't expect to carry the kitchen sink in the tiny boot, but surprising though it is, the flat and deep load area is very usable and a weeks shopping squeezes in without too much trouble.
Overall, a refreshing and fun change from the usual offerings seen on our roads which look as though they were designed by the same computer program.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th March, 2003