The smart fortwo clearly falls in just one of the "love it" or "hate it" categories on each person's axis of good taste. Most of us here at autoevolution.com found it kind of cute, in a very anime smiling character kind of way. The minority, represented by our photographer, not so much. Its height is almost as big as its width, making it look like a flea on wheels from some angles. And before you jump out and call our photographer obese, we are talking about the car's dimensions now.
The overall shape was kept from the first generation, but the design is a bit more mature and less funky now, looking almost sporty from the side. All four wheels are so spread apart from each other that the car looks like it's keeping all of its weight between them, with absolutely no front or rear overhangs, like in a normal car. And it of course does.
The 2,695 mm (106.1 inches) length and 1,559 mm (61.4 inches) width would have attracted attention even without the pod-like styling anyway, but some design cues are there to express some sense of elegance mixed with sportiness. Our favorite part were the rather wide alloy wheels (only available in standard for the "pulse" version) for this type of car and the side intake on the left, making the car look a bit more powerful than it really was. No matter if you like it or not, the smart fortwo is a real head turner and we received a lot of smiles and thumbs up while driving it in the city.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Ha ha ha! What is this, we're testing lawnmowers now? You can't even imagine how hard my stomach ached after I saw this... ahem... thing in my platinum-paved driveway. I first thought it was a meter maid who had been following my... ahem... KITT-replica made out of a Rolls-Royce Phantom. The damn thing is so big, so I thought... ahem... I had parked it over some poor bastard's Fiat 500 or something and they were coming to give me a ticket.
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