Only the harshest of critics would refuse to concede that the Fortwo has been made broadly better.

The playful interior, improved ride quality and better tractability have nudged the car towards an everyday, every-setting usability that would be alien to those who took the concept to their hearts in the late 1990s.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
Now better than ever before, but still not quite good enough

Yet it feels as though that audience is being better served rather than a new one courted. Within the confines of its niche, the Fortwo remains fundamentally unchallenged.

However, broaden your requirements by only a fraction (certainly on practicality, price or pleasurability) and the latest generation of city cars romps unceremoniously past it.

Preferable though it may be to all the versions that have gone before it, the Fortwo remains a car to covet for its defining feature rather than a maturing product waiting to be rewarded for superior all-round quality.

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