the experiece was great! The people were friendly, it wasn't really busy so I was able to hop in, out & all around of the demo, drove two of the testers (one cabrio, one hardtop w/ glass roof) and was pleasantly surprised overall.
The product was great & interesting, there was lots to see in the form of videoclips & safety features (all of which I have already seen on the internet) and I like the stripped-down cross-section of a smart, to show all the safety doo-dads.
The power and power delivery of the car was like a 1970s sedan with a slippy transmission. It had pep and get-up-&-go, but the car switched gears at its own pace. Power was good, just not constant. I truly see the issue people have with this, getting plowed by a rig while getting on the freeway.
The Iffys (or the "eventually-will-get-over's"):
This car was unlike any automatic I have driven---when your foot leaves the brake, the car just sits there (on FLAT ground; on a hill it would roll back!). The brake feel was heavy but gradual & overall pretty smooth, but even two test-drives didn't fully get me used to it.
Overall, though, I wouldn't be nervous driving this at all---it's actually very eye-catching, which makes you very visible. Some reviews I read said that if you're mostly a freeway driver, this isn't the car for you; I find that to not necessarily be true, as it's a smoother ride than most cars twice its size. I'm still in the market, and am now steering more towards the Pure---i really wanted a Pasion for the paddle-shifters, but the stick does the same service & quite frankly, the shifting is so ill-responsive I find that I'd probably just leave it in "auto" mode anyways. However, open-top motoring in this little whip would give driving a fun, exciting feel. We'll just have to see what the wife says