There is absolutely NO other car in the world today which can be better for a crowded city than the smart fortwo. Yes, it has its downsides, major ones when it comes to the transmission, but on the whole the feeling when parking into a tight spot is very similar, if not identical, to the one you have when solving a Rubik's cube for the first time. It's like everything fits into place naturally, and all the nerves you would have had in a "regular" car are simply vanishing away when driving a smart in heavy traffic. You can almost feel the other road participants' envy when squeezing between gas-guzzlers in a parking lot.
The worst part about the fortwo is by far its rubbish transmission. The way it changes every gear is atrociously aching for both driver and passenger. The (moderate) power to the wheels is interrupted so abruptly and for such a long period during shifts that at first you just want to keep it in a single gear, on manual mode. If only it had enough torque to use just two gears: drive and reverse. Then the main problem with this car would have been solved.
We couldn't settle on a particular ugly feature, but some of us (hint: he shoots pictures and his name starts with Tudor and ends with Raiciu) thought the smart is one of the ugliest vehicles they had ever seen. Of course, that is a subjective opinion, and most of all not a common one, especially in our team. Other than the "looks factor", the fit and finish of the interior plastics COULD have been a little better, but considering this car costs less than a Fiat 500, the quality is acceptable.Continue reading