The Fortwo has always been close to my heart for one of the very reasons for which it was originally conceptualised nearly two decades ago – it’s a parking space hero. So imagine my surprise when on the South African launch of the new Fortwo the fleet of Smart vehicles was parked conventionally in the parallel bays along one of Cape Town’s CBD streets.
The Fortwo’s turning circle, at a miniscule kerb-to-kerb of just 6,95 metres, means that it’s capable of u-turns almost anywhere. The quick ratio came in handy, especially on the way out of mid-morning gridlock. The maximum amount of torque on offer from the 1,0-litre three- cylinder engine is just 91 N.m, but the Fortwo’s low mass more than makes up for the low figure. Its gearing is ideal for zipping through traffic while economically sipping just under 6 litres/100 km - and that despite my enthusiasm for the throttle and the rorty burble that gives away the engine’s uneven cylinder count.
As can be expected from a MercedesBenz product, you can equip your Fortwo with a host of safety features. The list includes optional forward collision warning and Lane Keeping Assist, while the instantly recognisable Tridion Safety Cell has a twofold purpose. It is there as a passive reminder that you’ll be kept safe in the unfortunate event of an incident and doubles as a notable styling element. The design has evolved well from the preceding model. From: R179 900