2008 Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe: A Different Cloth
April 27, 2009
When I first saw our Smart Fortwo, I thought, "Boy, that fabric on the door and the dash is a really bad idea." Didn't seem like it would be very durable. I could see the cloth getting soiled and perhaps even torn as the car shuttled from one manhandling editor to the next. Epic fail in the making.
The Smart's been in our possession for almost a year now, with over 16,000 miles under its belt. And guess what? I was wrong. The fabric looks as good as new. In fact, it seems to be almost magically impervious to dust and scuff marks. I grazed the door panel with my grimy sneaker as I was getting into the car this morning. No problem -- the cloth remained pristine. This incredibly resilient fabric is probably the most interesting and efficient thing about the little coupe.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 16,113 miles