Comfort: The new smart fortwo has more to offer

Nov 9, 2006
Comfort in a car has to do with more than just the seats (although the seats have been further improved in the new smart fortwo). Enjoyable motoring largely depends on whether a car is fun to drive.
The smart fortwo is fun to drive!
The smart fortwo has always offered lots of driving pleasure and the new smart fortwo will be even more fun to drive. Firstly, because the smart fortwo is something special and stands out from the crowd, and last but not least because it offers lots of driving fun.
Apart from this, the vehicle concept is highly practical - especially for people who live in cities or urban areas. Because on most journeys a car carries just a single occupant, and because people make faster progress through the city in a smart fortwo. And because they don't have to search for a parking space, they find one right away.
Much longer maintenance intervals
smart fortwo drivers do not only want to spare the environment, they also want to spare their wallets. In addition to the low consumption, low running costs and considerably longer maintenance intervals for the new smart fortwo contribute to this.
For example, the 52 kW variant now only needs to be inspected every two years or every 40,000 kilometres. In the meantime, an oil change is all that is needed. The "oil service plus" is recommended - a brief vehicle check instead of a full inspection.
The new automated manual five-speed transmission, the longer wheelbase and the wider track provide for additional driving comfort. But that's not all – comfort also includes the feeling of spaciousness. The smart fortwo offers spaciousness comparable with a standard-size saloon.
Customers who took a seat in the predecessor model for the first time were surprised how easy it is to get in and out and just how spacious the small car is inside. Even tall people do not feel cramped.
The passenger seat is positioned 15 centimetres further back than the driver's seat to give the passengers optimum shoulder room. The passengers now have an extra three centimetres of elbow and shoulder room compared with the predecessor model.
The safety seats with integral seat belts have undergone considerable further improvement compared with the previous model and have been given a different look. The sides are well contoured and offer pleasant lateral support. The upholstery has a silk-matt sheen and an even higher quality feel. Leather trim is available as an option.
Even longer objects can be easily transported: a lever on the inside of the passenger seat both reclines the backrest and enables it to be folded forward to a horizontal position. A pull ring under the front of seat enables fore/aft adjustment (230 millimetres).
Instrument panel
The new smart fortwo no longer has a curved S-shaped instrument panel. The main reason for the departure from this is to increase occupant safety. The asymmetrical shape of the previous instrument panel could have a negative effect on a passenger not wearing a seat belt in the event of a crash.
The new instrument panel runs straight and is framed by two bows on the left and right-hand sides that represent a visual continuation of the structure of the tridion safety cell and support the upper and lower wings of the instrument panel. The lower wing also serves as a knee pad that offers knee protection in the event of a crash.
This also has great advantages in terms of comfort as the changed shape of the instrument panel offers improved ergonomics and greater clarity.
The feeling of spaciousness is also increased: the suspended arrangement of the instrument panel conveys lightness and makes the interior of the new smart fortwo just as unique as that of the previous model.
The added elements such as the external-mounted air vents (that are now cylindrical rather than spherical) and the rev counter and clock on the dashboard (standard for pulse) have been retained.
The driver can see the centrally positioned speedometer through the two-spoke or sporty three-spoke steering wheel. The large display shows the fuel level (left), the gear engaged, the coolant temperature (right) and the odometer. The daily mileage is shown below this and the driver can switch between the trip recorder and the exterior temperature indicator at the touch of a button. LEDs are now used for the indicator lights.
The control unit for heating, air conditioning and ventilation has a central, ergonomic position at the top of the centre console and is framed by two further air vents. Slide controls regulate the fan levels (1-4) and the temperature (18-26 degrees Celsius) of the air conditioning (a standard feature for passion).
A control that can be rotated by 360 degrees distributes the air to where it is needed. The air flow rate has also been greatly improved in the new smart fortwo with a 20 percent increase compared with the predecessor.
The large audio unit is located below the heating and air conditioning controls. Customers have a choice of a CD radio or a CD radio with a CD changer for six CDs. Large buttons and a clear layout provide for simple operation. In addition, a sound system with a subwoofer and MP3 connection is available.
The designers used the central space on the lower wing of the instrument panel for further ergonomically positioned control buttons, for example for the seat heating, front fog lamps and central locking.
Like the predecessor model, the new smart does not have a continuous centre console reaching from the floor to the instrument panel. This adds to the airy atmosphere as the driver and passenger are not visually separated.
The ergonomically shaped gear knob, the two steering column control stalks and the interior mirror have been adopted from the predecessor model. smart drivers will also be familiar with the location of the ignition lock behind the shift lever.
Luggage compartment
The previous smart fortwo had room for six drinks crates. These also fit into the new smart - but that's not all as the luggage compartment capacity has increased from 150 to 220 litres (in accordance with VDA).
Customers who want to load their car to the roof even have 340 litres of space available. So lack of luggage space is no reason not to take that weekend trip! Four folding plastic boxes for supermarket shopping also fit comfortably behind the seats.
The level loading space is particularly user-friendly with no edges to get in the way of the level surface. The folding rear door is a further advantage and this can be used as a surface to put things on.
Furthermore, the twin-section tailgate requires very little space to open in tight parking spaces. Longer objects can also be transported in the new smart fortwo by simply folding the backrest of the passenger seat forwards into a horizontal position.
Storage compartments
The passenger can use a spacious storage recess in the instrument panel. Alternatively, special detachable bags are available for the storage recesses.
A lockable glove compartment can be ordered as an option (available for the first time in a smart fortwo by customer demand).
The developers were able to make the best possible use of the bottom section of the tailgate. Drivers of a smart fortwo cabrio know that the roof bars can be stored here. However, this space was not previously used for the coupé. A lid now opens to reveal 8 litres of additional space (for pulse and passion) that is perfect for storing all kinds of odds and ends.
Practical details
The designers have also put a lot of thought into how customers can best carry out simple servicing work for themselves, for example refilling the windscreen washer fluid. Two levers in the grille release the front lid which can be secured with two holders in front of the bumper. The washer fluid, light bulbs, coolant and brake fluid are then easily accessible.
The rear window of the smart fortwo coupé (like the cabrio's flap) can now be opened with an electric push button switch located in the handle recess above the licence plate. This then also allows remote unlocking using the key. The push button switch just needs to be pressed for approx. 1.5 seconds. Should the battery in the key ever be empty, the driver's door can also be opened mechanically in an emergency.
Panoramic roof
In the pulse and passion equipment lines the new smart fortwo comes with a very light yet high-strength transparent polycarbonate roof. This covers an area of 1.1 square metres, half of which is transparent. The roof module is produced by Webasto and bonded to the tridion safety cell.
The extremely strong and breakage-resistant polycarbonate has a scratch-resistant exterior and interior coating which also gives the roof a slight tint. 60 percent of the sun's energy is reflected and 100 percent of UV rays are kept out. A black sunblind made of polyester that is very easy to move backwards and forwards offers additional sun protection if required.
Extensive range of standard equipment
  • H7 projection headlamps
  • Third brake light
  • White side indicators
Functional/electrical equipment
  • Automated manual five-speed transmission
  • Instrument cluster with multifunctional display
  • Digital gear display with gear recommendation
  • Exterior temperature indicator with frost warning
  • Indicators with lanechanger function
  • Windscreen wipers with interval wiping and wipe/wash function
  • Heated rear window
  • Tank cap lock integrated in the central locking
  • 12 Volt socket in centre console
  • Central locking with radio remote control and immobiliser
  • Diesel particle filter (open system, closed system from 2008)
  • Electric soft top (smart fortwo cabrio)
  • Passenger seat can be fully folded forwards (single hand operation)
  • Storage compartment on passenger side, next to steering wheel and in the doors
  • Coin holder (smart fortwo coupé)
  • Mirror in driver's sun visor
  • tridion safety cell
  • Crash-absorbing elements at front and rear
  • Crash sensor to activate hazard warning lights
  • Full-size driver and passenger airbag
  • Safety seats with integral seat belts
  • Belt tensioner and belt-force limiter
  • drive lock, automatic door locking when the vehicle is in motion
  • esp
  • abs with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Hydraulic brake assist
pure equipment line
The pure entry-level variant comes with everything that makes a smart a smart. The exterior of the pure is characterised by a black grooved plastic roof and steel rims. It comes with a black tridion safety cell.
In the interior different surfaces and colours largely distinguish the basic version from the sporty pulse and the elegant and extensively equipped passion.
The lower part of the instrument panel (knee pad) and the door trim are made of grained black plastic. The two-spoke steering wheel is a further feature of the pure, as are its mechanical window winders.
pulse equipment line
The name stands for sportiness. The pulse also features a black tridion safety cell, however this is optionally available in silver. Its six-spoke alloy wheels with wide tyres (175/55 R 15 at front, 195/50 R 15 at rear) give it a beefy appearance.
The interior of the pulse features an upholstery colour exclusively available for this model and matching fabric elements for the instrument panel, knee pads and door trim that create a pleasant homely atmosphere. A glance upwards reveals the sky through a new transparent roof made of polycarbonate. A black blind provides sun protection.
The sporty character is emphasised by the rev counter and clock and a three-spoke steering wheel including steering wheel gearshift. Further standard features include electric windows, front fog lights and an additional storage compartment in the tailgate.
passion equipment line
The elegant and extensively equipped passion can always be identified by its silver tridion cell. The door mirrors and radiator grille are also painted silver. Further features include a panoramic roof made of polycarbonate and twelve-spoke alloy wheels (front tyres 155/65 R 15, rear tyres 175/60 R 15).
Like the pulse, the fabric elements on the instrument panel, knee pad and door trim match the colour of the upholstery. Three different colours with a special fabric design are available.
Further standard equipment includes air conditioning with temperature control, a leather steering wheel, the automatic softouch gear programme and the panoramic glass roof made of polycarbonate.
Like the pulse, the passion features electric windows and an additional compartment in the tailgate, and also a luggage compartment cover including a net bag.
  • tridion safety cell in silver (option for pulse, standard for passion)
  • Transparent polycarbonate roof with sunblind (option for pure, standard for pulse and passion)
  • Heated leather seats (option for pulse and passion)
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Luggage compartment cover including net (standard for passion)
  • Smoker's kit
  • Three-spoke leather steering wheel with steering wheel gearshift incl. leather gear knob (standard for pulse, option for passion)
  • Comfort/light package (electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, rain and light sensor, coming home function)
  • softouch five-speed transmission with automatic function (option for pure and pulse, standard for passion)
  • Electric power steering
  • Air conditioning with automatic temperature control incl. combined filter (option for pure and pulse, standard for passion)
  • Electric windows with comfort function (option for pure)
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Front fog lights (option for pure and passion, standard for pulse)
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Audio package: smart radio 9 (RDS radio CD, two loudspeakers), smart sound system (two tweeters, two mid-range speakers, subwoofer, smart MP3 interface)
  • Provision for radio installation (incl. road aerial and two loudspeakers)
  • smart radio 9 (RDS radio CD, two loudspeakers)
  • smart radio 10 (RDS radio with CD changer for 6 CDs, MP3 compatible, incl. two loudspeakers)
  • smart sound system
  • Portable smart navigation system
  • Head/thorax side airbag
  • Breakdown kit
  • Isofix child seat fastener incl. manual airbag deactivation
  • Nine-spoke 15 inch alloy wheels, 155/65 R 15 at front, 175/60 R 15 at rear (option for pure and passion)
The colours
The new smart fortwo also features the two-colour concept typical of smart. In addition to the tridion safety cell that is available in black or silver, bodypanels are available in six colours. The basic colours are black, yellow and white. The metallic colours blue, red and silver are available subject to an additional charge.