Smart Fortwo Test Drive
I made the trip to Mercedez-Benz this morning to return the smart fortwo passion coupé I've been driving for the past eight days.
You really need to test drive a smart fortwo to appreciate its agility. During the past week I've fielded dozens of questions about how it drove on the highway, whether I felt safe and how it drove different than a normal sized car.
I'll answer those big three questions here, but first, here I am driving the smart fortwo. Yes, driving a smart fortwo will cause facial hair to sprout from your chin. Sorry, ladies.
As for those questions... The smart fortwo drives perfectly fine on the highway. At 120km/h it felt completely stable and smooth and I never hesitated to take it back on the highway throughout the week.
I honestly always felt safe. It handled very well, was extremely agile and, while I was driving, it felt no different than a standard sized car. You never look back to notice the lack of back seat or trunk. It felt great.
It was tough to say goodbye to the smart fortwo because it was incredibly fun to drive. It's certainly not practical for a family guy, but I could see myself in a smart car if I needed a second car for myself and jetting around the city, getting to work and back.
Here she is...
When I first wrote that I was going to test drive a Smart Fortwo car for a week, a commenter warned me to stay off the 400 series highways. That's all I needed to hear. The first thing I did when I got the keys from Mercedez-Benz this morning was hit the 401 and 403.
At 120 km/h everything felt fine. I can now vouch for the fact that the Smart Car can go on the highway. It really didn't take long to get used to the fact you're the smallest thing on the road. It was a lot of fun, and you can parallel park into freakishly small spots.
As much as I love the size of the Smart Fortwo, that's also its greatest weakness. At least it is for a father of two. If I have to get the kids somewhere, the Smart Fortwo is simply not an option. Even without passengers there's a storage issue. My laptop filled up half of the "trunk".
To be fair, I don't think anyone expects the Smart Car to have much storage space. The joy of this car is that's it's tiny, but you never feel unsafe. I'm going to try and break this sucker over the next week and I'll report back on how I did.
A few weeks ago, I wrote I was test driving a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid for a week. Someone from Mercedez-Benz reads this blog and send me an email moments later. "If you're going to test drive the Fusion for a week, you have to test drive our smart fortwo for a week".
I've always been curious what it would be like to drive a Smart Car. This was an offer I couldn't refuse. Tomorrow morning, I'm off to Mercedez to pick up my 2009 smart fortwo passion coupé.
I've intentionally left "smart fortwo passion coupé" in lower case. One visit to their website and you'll see what I mean. Does anyone out there have any smart car driving experience?
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