The diesel fortwo coupe is the most economical car that you can buy in the UK - and the convertible is only slightly behind, only giving away ground in the urban fuel economy test. Proving once again that being green doesn’t have to cost you any more, the smart is also the cheapest car in our diesel convertible rankings.
At first glance the new fortwo is hard to tell apart from the original but there have been a raft of important changes under the skin. It is now slightly longer than before to improve pedestrian safety but it remains extremely compact at just under 2.7 metres in length making it perfectly at home in the city.
The semi-automatic gearbox remains but now has 5 rather than 6 gears and whilst it is faster to shift than the old unit, it still isn’t as quick as we would like.
Interior quality has taken a big step forward although some of the most appealing features have gone in the process, mostly notably the eyeball air vents. What you won’t miss is the fidgety ride that plagued the original which has thankfully been banished.
The new Smart fortwo 799cc passion keeps the essence of the original but feels far more polished. In the process it has lost a little of its personality but we’re happy to trade that for a far more convincing all-rounder green convertible car. It’s still not perfect though, with the semi-automatic gearbox top of the list; either make it quicker still, or give us a manual!