2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Review – It Has the Makings of a Great Sports Car But It’s Not

While the original Smart Fortwo seemed to take away a man’s manliness if you’re ever seen driving one, the 2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet did away with the dorky styling that the original city car had. Featuring a boxy build, wider stance, and a tasteful splash of color for exterior trim, the new Fortwo is like your once nerdy schoolmate that went through puberty, hit the gym, and got a makeover.

2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Review - It Has the Makings of a Great Sports Car But It's Not

The 2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Has a Wider Stance That Took Away the Wobbliness of the Original

On paper the 2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet doesn’t impress that much, a tiny car, two seats, an 89 horsepower 0.9-Liter three cylinder. But that isn’t where the next gen Fortwo excels in. It’s in how much better it is compared to its predecessor. You’ve already read about its better styling in the previous paragraph so let’s move on to the interior. On the inside, space certainly limited. Only two seats are provided and the rear trunk space is even reduced due to it’s rear engine layout.

The new Fortwo features standard power everything, LED running lights, cruise control, power steering, steering mounted audio controls, CD player, Bluetooth streaming, and aside from the center mounted touchscreen, a 3.5 inch display sits on the middle of the gauge cluster.

The 2017 Fortwo is meant to be a city car; consider it a pricier four-wheel scooter with the same amount of practicality. However that applies to the original car; the new wider stance allows the new Fortwo to be taken outside the city on longer trips as it is far more stable on faster roads and even curves. The turbo three cylinder is oddly tuned for punch as in the power comes in late and sudden at higher revs which resembles a sports car’s turbo lag or the sudden rush of boost making longer drives actually fun in this zippy car. The short wheelbase and short turning radius makes the tiny car handle almost bike-like and it zips in and out of the city pretty quickly. The new Fortwo is not a fast car at 89hp; it is however quite agile and zippy not to mention fun.

The short wheelbase allows for some pretty tight maneuvers that makes the car park where other cars can’t. The newer styling takes away the awkwardness whenever you’re seen in the original Fortwo. The engine however small it may be is fun and full of surprises.

Tiny car equals tiny space; that’s true for the Fortwo and it’s a fact owners take into account when buying this tiny car. Like mentioned earlier; it’s like a four-wheeled scooter.

Some might love it, some might hate it; but if you look at what the 2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet can do, you’ll instantly fall in love with this zippy little city car that could.


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