My 2012 Smart fortwo is essentially perfect. It's solid black with a black leather interior and has a full package of nice options (heated seats, ambient lighting, clear roof panel, extra wide tires, ...
My 2012 Smart fortwo is essentially perfect. It's solid black with a black leather interior and has a full package of nice options (heated seats, ambient lighting, clear roof panel, extra wide tires, stainless steel rear bumper). It's a handsome little car and is the easiest car to get into and out of because the seat and driving position are higher than most small cars. Visibility on the road is excellent, and the paddle shift feature on the steering column is a huge advantage in terms of responsiveness. It's a quick, tight little car. Further, being engineered in Germany and built in France, it makes an overall impression of very sound engineering. It is, however, quite stiff on the road, and you do feel the road surfaces features quite sharply, yet I prefer that to a "springy" or "bouncy" sensation from some other small cars on the road. Because the chassis is one solid metal form, the ride is quite stiff and the short wheelbase often causes the small car to "toss" a bit on imperfect road surfaces. Yet the overall sensation is one of control, and very good comfort. The interior is handsome, with two generously proportioned leather seats and an optional armrest that cleverly "dials" to the exact comfortable height to support the driver's right elbow (a huge advantage on longer drives). There is also an indentation in the door panels that creates a "cradle" for your left elbow, and the driving position is very comfortable. I'm six feet tall and weight 212 pounds, and fit comfortably in both the driver and passenger seats of my Smart fortwo. The air conditioner is a bit noisy, yet cools the car quite capably, even on extremely warm days. The vents allow you to channel the cooled and heated air from the car's air conditioning and heating systems, yet the range of air direction is limited (the vents do not allow you to guide the air below your shoulder level). Still, the cabin is extremely well sorted and inviting.
For storage, I find the space behind the seats ample for four shopping bags, my hockey bag, and many other bulky objects. The top rear glass "hatch" is generally easy to operate. The bottom portion opens with two electrically assisted levers, and when folded down, supports 200 pounds of weight (for loading heavy items, it's ideal). Cleverly, there is a secret compartment for storage inside the back hatch. There is also a small "loop" on the rear of the passenger seat to hang your jacket. A small container that swings out from under the center instrument stack, to hold chargers and cables.
The brakes and steering are both quite communicative and precise. This car is an awful lot of fun to drive and to be inside of, particularly in the City. In summer my commute was a pleasure because I avoided the hot, noisy subway for the cool and comfortable cabin of my Smart. Also, in NYC, many valet garages discount your monthly parking rate by 75% for Smart Cars, a huge savings. For mileage, I get perhaps 40 MPG, and can drive to my cabin in Maine on less than one tank of fuel. The Smart car, to me, feels like a well made diving watch. It has everything I need and nothing that I do not need in a commuter car. The one serious problem that I am struggling with is a transmission and starter electrical issue. In my first 7 months of ownership, the Smart car has failed to start easily on seven occasions. Once started, the car ran fine, and the dealer has made several attempts to diagnose and fix the issue by reprogramming the clutch software. In summary, it's not a car for everyone, but it's an overall wonderful car for a guy like me, in a City like New York. It's a Smart concept.