2011 smart fortwo Hatchback pure coupe 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl 5AM)
I don't own one of these, but I use Car2Go in Austin, which is a car sharing company that uses only Smart cars. I was so surprised how fun this thing is to drive, even out of the city and on the highway. For only 75hp, this thing really goes quickly. Great interior space as well. But Edmonds cons are spot on. That transmission is pretty harsh, and that break pedal is hard to get used to at first. It feels like it's not going to stop.
Zippiness and how nimble it is. Definitely has the fun factor. Great city car! Space is great. Great mileage. Good use of space too.
Something really needs to be done about the transmission, just not a CVT. Just maybe retune it? Or I would love to see them put a manual transmission in it.
The only reason I checked the smart car out was the fact that it is made/engineered by Daimler. I have had many Mercedes. still have a 1972 450SL and my current one is a 2009 R350 (yea, the spaceship)
For a 75 HP engine it has what i would expect or more with regard to acceleration. The transmission shifting is a little different at first but then reminds you you didn't buy a race car but one that gets you where you want to go with some nice euro style creature comforts. I am 6'4" 270 pounds and easily got into the seat without any trouble due to the large doors. leg room is ample and the large windows are good to eliminate any chance of feeling claustrophobic.
Nice sound/nav system, inside styling is usual Daimler styling which always seems to stand the test of time.
Don't understand the comment on Edmunds about the handling during parking. I have not expereinced any "darting" or unexpected moves forward or reverse. PArking of any kind is EASY and better yet easy to get out of tight spaces where inconsiderate morons park too close leaving little wiggle room.
A little more support on the suspension to keep the road bumps from being so pronounced. For a possible quick fix, a tire with softer tread
and slightly higher profile on the sidewall could help but of course you trade off on the life of the tire with the softer tread. Although I couldn't imagine tires this small could set you back too much. It is easily offset considering the $$$ you save on fuel.
I only suggest the tires as that can make some difference and address the issue, as I see it, for the current models already produced or sold.