Let's start with the talking point: the roof. Pressing a switch next to the gearlever or on the keyfob begins a 12-second opening sequence that can be initiated at any speed.
Smart is also proud of the fact that you can now choose more than just having the roof open or closed. One push of the switch gives a partial roof opening that's essentially an extended sunroof, and a second push wraps the roof over the B-pillars and bunches it behind, together with its integrated glass rear screen. Finally, for the full open-top experience, with the roof in this second position, the Fortwo's roof bars pop out and have a dedicated storage solution in the bootlid.
Roof down and side windows up, only the very tip of your barnet is ruffled, even at motorway speeds. With the roof up at these higher speeds, however, there's quite a bit of road noise that makes holding a conversation hard work.
This engine/gearbox combination doesn't work as well as the 90hp version and auto ’box we tried earlier in the year. There are too many lulls in power and delayed gearchanges to make swift, confident progress. Sure, there is just enough to keep you zipping through traffic around town, but it's a struggle on A-roads and motorways.
The very short wheelbase and relatively quick steering can make the Fortwo Cabrio feel nervous. There's never enough meat or communication felt through the wheel to build confidence, either. This arguably isn't really an issue, because this car will spend 95% of its time in cities. Here the light, quick steering and hilarious sub-seven-metre turning circle all contribute to making the Cabrio superbly manoeuvrable urban transport.
Manoeuvrable, yes, but the ride isn't quite comfortable enough. The low-speed secondary ride is extremely busy, and because large obstructions such as speed bumps are hit by both axles without much pause, a pronounced vertical bounce is sent through the cabin.
There's lots of space for two adults inside and the driver sits relatively high, providing good forward vision, but steering wheel and driver's seat height adjustment are both optional even on this range-topping Prime model. Despite its compact dimensions, the over-the-shoulder view is largely obscured by the Fortwo's rear pillars and roof, too.
Boot space is claimed to be 340 litres with the roof up and 260 litres with it down, but the space is hindered by its awkward shape. The cabin is largely solidly constructed and our car sported an attractive array of glossy plastics set against a fabric dash, although it was difficult to ignore some of the cheap-feeling Renault switchgear dotted about the cabin.
Our car was also fitted with Smart's optional 7.0in Media system (£795 as part of a Premium pack), but our experience would suggest sticking with the standard smartphone cradle. The optional system is essentially the same as the Twingo's and suffers from poor responsiveness and a lethargic sat-nav. Most smartphones running Google Maps would do a better job.
In any case, Bluetooth, aux in and USB connections, a multi-function steering wheel, climate control, 15in alloy wheels, electric windows and LED daytime running lights are all standard, so there's little reason to spend much more.