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2017 Smart Fortwo Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Smart Fortwo was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.2

The interior of the 2017 Smart Fortwo features a sharp design and midrange materials. Seating room is ample for two, although cargo space is very limited.

  • "Feature content and materials … seem quite upscale. … the classy and unique to Smart climate controls, and the instrument binnacle with burnt-orange on white speedometer markings help elevate the Smart above its price-range competitors." -- Motor Trend
  • The interior of the Smart is decidedly sparse. Round air vents (reminiscent of those found in other Mercedes models), and a retro-styled temperature slider make up the components of the climate control system." -- Yahoo Autos
  • "The materials used are about what you'd expect from an affordable subcompact, but the pleasing modern design gives the cabin a classy look and feel." -- Edmunds (2016)

Seating

The 2017 Fortwo seats two on standard cloth seats. The passenger seat can also fold flat for additional cargo space. Available upgrades include heated leather seats and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.

Passenger space in the Fortwo is surprisingly ample given the car’s small size, with plenty of legroom and headroom. However, the seats aren’t very supportive for longer trips behind the wheel.

  • "Despite its small body, the Fortwo Cabrio provides an impressively spacious passenger area -- fear not tall folks, there is leg room." -- Autoweek
  • "Sitting in the driver's seat, you'd never know that the back of the car is mere inches from the back of your seat. Looking forward through the cabin, the Smart Fortwo Cabrio feels like a regular-sized car rather than the Micro Machine-sized thing I'm wheeling the wrong way down cobblestone streets surrounded by orange trees and old buildings." -- Yahoo Autos
  • “The seats are fine for short drives, but don't offer much support. That said, taller friends won't have any trouble getting comfortable inside the Fortwo – legroom is ample, and headroom is totally fine, even with the roof closed." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Standard features include automatic climate control, cruise control, power windows and doors, an AM/FM radio, Bluetooth, and Cross Wind assist. Optional features include a premium JBL audio system, a lowered suspension, forward collision warning, rain-sensing wipers, and a smartphone mounting cradle that allows you to charge your phone and control audio functions and navigation with a Smart app.

You can easily integrate your smartphone to the car’s infotainment system and use it to control audio functions, but Smart’s navigation system leaves something to be desired. Additionally, removing the top is complicated for those who haven’t done it many times.

See 2017 Smart Fortwo specs »

  • Smart says you can take [the convertible top] down or up in 30 seconds or less. Having tried it a handful of times, that's probably only realistic for someone who's practiced it a lot and has help." -- Yahoo Autos
  • Smart is jumping fully into the waters of using a smartphone as an extension of the car's controls. It uses an app called Smart Cross Connect that offers navigation and other controls. … Interestingly, when I first got in I wondered why I'd want my phone blocking the audio controls, but it made sense when I realized the phone, using the app, controls all the functions blocked by the cradle. … From an electronics/connectivity perspective, though, it's an interesting approach that everyone from carmakers to Apple and Android are jumping on.”-- Cars.com (2016)
  • Cross Connect's features work well, with the exception of the navigation system, which lacks the detailed directions we've become accustomed to. With several free navigation apps available with better functionality, there are easy alternatives." -- Edmunds (2016)

Cargo

The Fortwo offers 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is very small, and storing the removable roof and apparatus removes a decent portion of usable room. The passenger seat can fold flat for additional room.

  • "With the roof rails placed in the tailgate, in the designated holders, there's barely room to stash a pair of backpacks. No word on official capacity with the roof rails in stowed, but it's a lot smaller than the starting 12.4-cubic feet of space." -- Autoweek
  • … there's the issue of the roof panels cutting into the already limited cargo space. With the top up, the Smart Cabrio has 12 cubic feet of storage. And while the roof itself doesn't intrude on that, stowing the side panels takes away three cubic feet of precious cargo area. That's 25 percent of the available room. Then again, it's not like you're buying a Smart for its capaciousness, right?" -- Autoblog
  • "You can fold the passenger seat almost flat, which would help with carrying long-ish items, but having to choose between a passenger or cargo isn't a good thing." -- Cars.com (2016)

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