2008 Smart Fortwo: Audio Controls
July 22, 2008
The 2008 Smart Fortwo is all about efficiency of space. But that idea didn't quite make it to the audio controls. If anything, the "head unit" is wasted space.
The prominent "SRC" button cycles just two things: the CD player and AUX input. There's a "Mute" button, but it effectively does the same thing as the power button. The "Menu" button is hardly a menu as there's just one function listed: Loud, which is a bit ironic given that our car has just two speakers.
Meanwhile, you're left with a plain-looking display, presets with poor tactile feel, a small volume knob and tedious tune/seek buttons.
Here's a photo with a representation of a traditional double-DIN head unit. Smart, if it were smart, would have consolidated a lot of the audio buttons and made the whole thing smaller or more efficient.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 7,221 miles