2008 Smart ForTwo

Interior


$2,307 - $2,743

2008 Smart ForTwo Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2008 Smart ForTwo was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

To most experts the 2008 Fortwo's cabin is a marvel -- the quality of the features is sound, the cabin is spacious and comfortable and the cargo space is surprisingly good.

  • "The seats and driving position are supportive and spacious, and the trunk will swallow at least four airline carryons. The rest of the cabin is far better finished than other sub-$10K city cars." -- Motor Trend
  • "The interior is light and airy and big enough to provide room for someone who's six-five. There are normal-car attributes like climate control and a nice stereo and power locks and windows. It's only when you glance over your shoulder and realize that the car ends right . . . about . . . there . . . that you're reminded that you might want to apply motorcycle tactics to your driving technique." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Much like Dr. Who's TARDIS time machine, there's more room inside than the vehicle's exterior dimensions seem to allow. This is a very good thing." -- Edmunds
  • "Cabin materials are solid and well-assembled, and switchgear has quality feel, but overall ambience is low-buck." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

Looks are deceiving in the case of the Fortwo. Although the car's size is comparable to the standard golf-cart, reviewers describe the cabin as having more than enough room for two passengers to sit on comfortable seating.

  • "The fortwo may be tiny, but its cabin is impressively roomy. You sit high, with ample head and leg room, allowing even our tallest staff members easy entry and exit." --Motor Week
  • "Dimensionally, the Smart's passenger compartment compares well to the front seat area of larger subcompacts such as the Mini and the Honda Fit. Its 39.7 inches of headroom offers almost an inch more clearance than a Mini and an inch less than the Fit. Its 41.2 inches of legroom compares to 41.4 inches in the Mini and 41.9 inches in the Fit." -- Edmunds
  • "Two large, well cushioned seats keep road bumps from bruising occupants, and the passenger seat back folds flat to accommodate a step stool -- if not a ladder." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The interior might feel as spacious to its two occupants as a C-class - until they look around and see that the rear bumper is almost immediately behind them." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Most report the Smart's cabin features are of a good quality and easy to use. Additionally, several praise the cabin's unconventional design and color scheme.

  • "The materials rarely feel cheap…and build quality is respectable." -- Cars.com
  • "The orange cloth covering most interior surfaces in our test car made us feel a little like being inside an orange peel with windows, but we liked it." -- Edmunds
  • "Gauges easy to see; speedometer is unobstructed, and optional tachometer and clock gauges are situated above dash in free-standing pods." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The instrument panel is direct and pleasantly quirky." -- Motor Week
  • "A radio is optional in the Pure model, but is standard in the Passion. It is located below the climate controls and has large, easy to operate buttons and a central volume knob." -- New Car Test Drive

Cargo

On the whole, auto writers approve of the 2008 Fortwo's space for cargo. Smart boasts 7.8 cubic feet of cargo space up to the Fortwo's beltline, and 12 cubic feet of space if cargo is stacked to the roof.

  • "At first look, the Smart seems too small to be practical. It's not. Rather, it is a marvel of packaging efficiency." -- Edmunds
  • About.com's reviewer Aaron Gold comments, "I was amazed at how much stuff I could stuff into the Fortwo's 12 cubic foot cargo bay: A week's worth of groceries, two full laundry baskets, even Mrs. Gold's bulky massage table." -- About.com
  • "There is no center console. Small trays are also found on the dash on either side of the steering column. These areas lack rubber mats to hold items in place, so items can slide around rather easily. We would recommend against using these areas for storage." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Tiny glovebox offers barely enough space for an owner's manual." -- Consumer Guide

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