2013 Smart Fortwo


$3,629 - $5,221

2013 Smart Fortwo Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Smart Fortwo was new.


Interior: 7.4

Although the 2013 Smart Fortwo is a tiny car, the automotive press says there’s no need to worry about being cramped. There’s plenty of head- and legroom for tall drivers and passengers. The base Fortwo also doesn’t have standard features like a stereo or air conditioning, which are considered basic amenities in this class.   

  • "It makes a good first impression, with tidy detail assembly, robust-feeling switchgear, and attractive upholstery, whether cloth or leather. But a closer look reveals lots of hard plastic and very few padded surfaces that suggest the vehicle is ‘built down to a price.’" -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Smart Fortwo, despite its tiny appearance, is quite spacious inside. There's enough room for full-sized adults to be pretty comfortable.” -- Edmunds (2012)


Though the two-seat Smart Fortwo is small, some reviewers are impressed that it has so much cabin room. They say that there’s plenty of head- and legroom, and one mentions that visibility is good in every direction, but only when the convertible top is up. He says that when the top folds down, it decreases rear visibility by about half. The same reviewer adds that the cabin is narrow, which means that the driver and front passenger may bump elbows.

  • "Though tiny on the outside, the Smart's interior is surprisingly roomy. The Fortwo's tall shape creates ample headroom and legroom for two passengers. …" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cabin is unusually narrow, though, so adults must ride virtually shoulder-to-shoulder. All-around visibility is great, though completely rolling back the convertible top creates a ‘stack’ that blocks the lower half of what you'd normally see out the rear window." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside the cabin, the Fortwo is not just roomy but positively spacious. The high roof offers lots of headroom and the transparent roof (in the upfitted "Passion" edition) lends the car an unexpected airiness." -- Los Angeles Times (2008)

Interior Features

The base Smart Fortwo doesn’t come with air conditioning or a stereo, but you can add these features. The optional stereo comes with USB and auxiliary ports. A navigation system and surround sound system are also available.

The Fortwo doesn’t have a lot of standard features, which is something one writer addresses. However, other reviewers like that the interior features are simple and easy-to-use.

See the full 2013 Smart Fortwo features and specs »

  • "Switchgear is basic too, but user-friendly." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The instrument panel is direct and pleasantly quirky." -- Motor Week (2008)
  • "The Smart's base trim is dubbed Pure, but it might better be called Spartan because this model is so lacking in creature comforts most of us now take for granted in a new car." -- Kelley Blue Book


The Fortwo has 7.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which increases to 12 cubic feet when cargo is stacked to the roof. This isn’t much cargo room, but some reviewers find that the available room is larger and more useful than expected. One test driver adds that the glove box is very small, though some of the small interior cubbies are handy.

  • "A tiny glovebox is barely large enough for the owner's manual, though assorted cubbies offer some small-item refuge." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Smart's rear cargo area is quite a bit smaller than that of a subcompact, but is large enough to swallow a bag of golf clubs. For further cargo flexibility, the passenger seat folds flat to carry additional items." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cargo space was also greater than expected." -- Motor Week (2008)

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