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Since owning a convertible car I have only ever wanted to now drive a convertible for the duel feature of having the top down and keeping cool in the summer months and also the roof up in the winter months, a kind of year round all in one package.
As with most cars, as they get older they lose their value and some more so than others, particularly if you car manufacturer is one of those that brings out a new car every few years.  
I always keep a track of how much my insurance creeps up each year, even though I have never made a claim and also the cost of road tax, so when I realised that if I kept my car for another year it would cost me a further £20 in road tax and possibly the same in insurance, I decided to look about for a new car.
I have realised that buying a convertible car in the cooler months of February to March is a lot cheaper than as apposed to June or July time when the same car can be £700 to £900 more expensive, so I thought now was as good a time as any to see what was about.
I wanted my next car to be more city efficient and started to look at a smaller car as the seating capacity of my Peugeot 207cc never really got used so I could quite easily go for a two seater this time around.  I have always loved those Smart cars and after reading many reviews the Smart Fortwo has matured into a more serious contender in the microcar segment. It has not lost its quirky and funky looks, but the Fortwo now sports improvements where it counts, including revised powertrains, new premium features, and a stronger body structure.

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Parking is a real big factor when you live in the urban jungle and this car lets you park like other convention cars or the perfectly legal Smart park way.

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Part of what gives the Smart Fortwo its more mature looks is its evolution from a one-box to what Smart calls a "one-and-a-half-box" design. That is apparent thanks to the Fortwo's distinct hood. The wheels are still pushed out to the corners and the rear track is still a bit wider than the front, which helps maintain the Fortwo's sturdy-looking stance. Speaking of sturdy, Smart has improved the Fortwo's tridion safety cell, which is normally painted a contrasting color to add visual pop to the exterior.


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For anyone who has never looked closely at or for that matter sat inside a Smart car, they will be pleasantly surprised.  I am 6ft 1 in statue and of a clunker build and yet there is more than enough room inside this tardis of a car.
Inside the Fortwo boasts improved materials, design, and features. The dashboard, for example, is highlighted by a number of infotainment options including smartphone integration, CD/DVD, navigation, a touchscreen, and a premium JBL sound system. The interior features accents finished in a honeycomb pattern, which is also used for exterior elements including the grille. The dashboard and door panels are available with a mesh-like fabric, and the three-spoke steering wheel can be optioned with multimedia buttons. Taking a page from recent Benz models like the C- and S-Class, the Fortwo features instrument and infotainment panels that appear to float in front of the dashboard. Oversized round air vents and bright colour schemes, however, ensure that the Fortwo maintains its funky look.

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Some cars boast a wow factor just sitting on their forecourts and others have that driving experience like no other but for me the Smart car had that funky fresh look about it and was more than practical and economical. If I had not chosen the sporty convertible version of the Smart ForTwo then I could have saved even more money as the entry level Smart ForTwo’s have zero road tax and congestion charge, but for me paying a mere £30 a year road tax and a reduced rate congestion charge has still made this car the ideal choice for any city driver.