Take a look at any city street and you’ll spot a smart car – usually parked bumper-to-kerb in a tiny gap no one else would even attempt. No wonder the smart car – more accurately a microcar – has become a must for urban types, with electric and green versions made for nipping through double-parked streets and squeezing into those impossible spaces.
The smart car is the brain-child of Mercedes-Benz and SMH, the company behind Swatch watches. It’s built up a fan base of dedicated smart drivers since it appeared on the UK’s roads in 2000.
And we weren’t lying about it fitting in small spaces; the smart fortwo – the two-seater, as its name suggests – is just 2.69 metres long. While the smart forfour – that’s the four-seater – is still as compact and agile as a smart car should be.