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.
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.