What is it?
The newly updated Smart Fortwo CDI. The diminutive diesel two-seater now gets 21 per cent more power and 18 per cent more torque from the 0.8-litre three-pot turbodiesel engine, giving it 54bhp and 96lb ft of torque.
This significant jump in power means the new Smart CDI also gets three seconds cut off its 0-62mph time, reducing it to a more bearable 16.8sec.
Yet with all the added output, the headline figures are barely changed at just 89g/km and 83.1mpg, meaning that the oil-burning Smart continues to be the most economical combustion-engined car on sale.
The interior has also been freshened up with black dials and indicator stalks replacing the old grey ones. A new five-speed semi-automatic gearbox also offers fully automatic or manual modes.
What’s it like?
Generally it’s a successful upgrade. The alterations have improved the aspects that most needed to be changed.