'The opportunity to create a convincing small car concept has been missed. The rear-mounted, small-capacity turbo engine has many disadvantages. Driving comfort has been compromised in favor of active safety.'
Auto, Motor und Sport, Germany
'The Smart City Coupe is fun to be in but not to drive.'
Sunday Times, UK
'Sadly this quest for credibility has a cost in driving pleasure. To assure perfect stability, the suspension has been toughened, and you feel the least irregularity of the road.'
Le Monde, France
'The modifications made to meet the moose test have changed the Smart's character into that of a heavily understeering and rock-hard sprung bitch. So the expression 'Reduce to the max' should read: 'Maximum reduction in driving pleasure.''
Autovisie, the Netherlands
'(Smart) is a heavily compromised car that is too expensive and lacking the dynamic flair so essential for it to have any chance of commercial success.'