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heycar review

      Launch year
      2016
      Body type
      Convertible
      Fuel type
      Petrol
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The smallest convertible there is

Best bits

  • Tiny dimensions make for easy parking and city life
  • Roof is easy to operate and adds to the experience
  • Probably the cheapest convertible to run

Not so great

  • Expensive for what you get
  • Compromised drive means poor ride quality
  • Reduced practicality compared to standard Fortwo

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Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Front Side View

Overall verdict

Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Driver's Seat

On the inside

Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Front Side View

Driving

Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Rear View

How much does it cost to run

Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Left Side VIew

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"If you have a very specific and narrow idea of what you want from a car - good in the city, unbelievably tiny and with a convertible roof - then the Fortwo Cabriolet will tick all of your boxes. For most people however it probably demands too many compromises to be a sensible choice."

Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Front Side View

The Smart Fortwo is one of the most unusual cars ever to reach production, and even the story of its birth is hardly straightforward. Originally conceived by Swatch - yes, the people who make snazzy watches - it became a joint project with Mercedes-Benz and eventually came to fruition in 1998 as the Smart City Coupe.


The most recent version of the Smart Fortwo was introduced in 2014, with the Convertible version following along in 2016. For the most part it follows the same template as the Coupe version - it is still the smallest car on sale today at 2695mm long and is a strict two-seater.


Designed to be the ultimate city car by virtue of its size, the Smart Fortwo Cabriolet has a rear-mounted engine that sits beneath the boot floor and sends power to the rear wheels - both of which are quite unusual features in modern cars. All models are fitted with a 1.0-litre, three cylinder turbocharged engine, with varying outputs depending on the model and trim. Smart also sells the ForTwo in electric form, and you can read a review of that car separately.


There’s also the small matter of the Fortwo’s bodystyle. As well as the Cabriolet, you can have the Fortwo as a Coupe - you can read a review of that car separately too - which seems a little like an odd description for something so small. The Cabriolet gets a different arrangement from the Coupe at the rear. Instead of the two-piece tailgate with an openable top window, it essentially becomes a saloon with just the lower half opening to reveal the slot-like boot.


Once inside the story is much the same as the standard Smart Fortwo. Whether you’re a driver or passenger, you sit higher up than in most cars, which is good for improving your view out. Understandably, with a car small enough that you can almost touch all four corners from the driver’s seat, it’s easy to judge where the car’s extremities are. The roof can be operated in two open positions - firstly as an extended sunroof, or rolled all the way back so it sits on top of the boot. You can also remove the roof pillars on each side for a more open feeling.


The Fortwo’s driving experience is something of a mixed bag. In some respects it is way ahead of everything else - its size allows you to do things you can’t in any other car, with a super-tight turning circle and excellent manoeuvrability. 


The turbocharged engine is also pretty fizzy, especially the more powerful 90PS version, making it eager in town. On the downside, the ultra-short wheelbase and relatively stiff suspension means the ride quality is poor on some surfaces, and although it never feels like it is going to tip over, its height and the amount of bodyroll during cornering can chip away at the driver’s confidence.


In many ways the folding roof adds something to the Fortwo experience, but it comes at a greater cost and a loss of some practicality.

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Is the Smart Fortwo Cabriolet right for you?

The fabric roof does little to impact on the Fortwo’s strengths, namely that it can zip through traffic and park more easily than any rival, so it is a good choice for someone who wants to stay in the city but enjoy a bit of sunshine while they’re doing so.


Unlike some of its city car rivals however, the Fortwo is less capable outside of the city, and the fact it is a two-seater means it will hardly work for many families either. The roof also increases the amount of noise at speed in what was already a relatively noisy machine.

What’s the best Fortwo Cabriolet model to choose?

The entry-level 71PS engine option is good enough if you’re sticking to town driving, but it doesn’t take long for it to feel short of puff on quicker roads, and even if that isn’t very often it can be frustrating making decent progress. We’d suggest choosing a model with the more powerful 90PS engine, as there’s little penalty in terms of economy but it is much more usable. The Brabus model has even more grunt with 109PS, but is more expensive as a result and comes with its own set of issues so we’d suggest steering clear unless you really want one.


Because the Fortwo was sold as premium small car rather than a cut-price special, the standard specification is actually pretty strong. Passion models come with alloy wheels, climate control and Bluetooth, which will be enough for a lot of buyers. The mid-spec Prime is a good choice however, adding smarter alloy wheels, heated seats and brighter interior trim.

What other cars are similar to the Smart Fortwo Cabriolet?

There are very few cars that match the tight brief of the Smart Fortwo Cabriolet - in fact the only car that is even remotely close to being this small, with a folding roof and a semi-premium, high on style approach is the Fiat 500 Convertible.


However, the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 are also city cars that can be specified with a folding fabric roof. They are more like a big sunroof than a proper convertible however, but they do offer the added practicality of rear seats so your friends and family can enjoy the fresh air too.

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Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Driver's Seat

On the inside

Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Front Side View

Driving

Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Rear View

How much does it cost to run

Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Left Side VIew

Prices, versions and specification