2008 Smart Fortwo: Men on Film
June 13, 2008
I took my chances the other night and rolled out in our long term Smart. My overall reaction borrows from my favorite movie reviewers, Blaine Edwards and Antoine Marryweather, from "In Living Color": Hated it! What exactly did I hate? Well - almost everything. I'll save you from a snooze fest and discuss just two topics.
When I first got in, it took me several minutes to find the ignition slot. I looked all around the left and right side of the steering column and on the column itself. Nothing. I stared at the key to see if it was an RF (radio frequency) - type. Nope. The others in the office apparently haven't mentioned that the ignition is behind the shift console, very low in the car, a la Saab. How charming. The Smart also has an automatically shifted manual transmission. In normal driving it porpoises like crazy, like you're piloting a dinghy in the North Atlantic - I almost became motion-sick. As Bryn mentioned yesterday, it's better to shift with the paddles, but I only learned this after my drive.
Why anyone would choose this over a Civic or something else in that price range is beyond me. But if you fancy yourself as Eurotrash, or want a preview of what's coming from the People's Republic of Beijing, then by all means, have at it.
Albert Austria, Senior Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 5645 mi