2011 Smart fortwo Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
The look of the Smart Fortwo has changed slightly for 2011, but the accommodations have stayed the same. Inside, the 2011 Fortwo feels basic, much like a small pickup cab, with a rather short, plasticky instrument panel and controls—now newly spruced up with some resculpted details and matte-metallic trim.

The surprises are the remarkable amount of headroom—even for those well over six feet tall—and good legroom. However, particularly broad people may bump elbows or even shoulders, because the cabin is narrow. The driver sits upright on short seats, and the steering wheel is more horizontal than in most cars, resulting in a driving position rather like that of a commercial van.

The cargo space behind the passenger area of this two-seater is disappointingly small, allowing only enough room for three large shopping bags in a row. The front passenger seat can be made to fold forward, but it's an extra-cost option.

Two adults fit into the 2011 Smart Fortwo surprisingly well, but with a lack of cargo space and lots of noisy and ride motion there's little else to make the experience comfortable.

At higher speeds, engine and road noise drown out conversation and the weak sound system; factor in a pitchy, bouncy ride and the 2011 Smart Fortwo has one of the most unpleasantly active new-car interiors you could get into.

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