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SmartCard, you are a man of impeccable taste!
Reading the Smart Club review of the new car (conducted by experienced Smarties, therefore more useful to the likes of me than the posturing of journalists) it seems the new car is everything the old one was and more.
I think the exterior and interior styling of the old model was better, but that is a 10 year old design and new regulations have forced the changes (I have to say the US is being blamed for the rather dull dash design due to the report that amazingly, you conduct your crash tests sans seatbelts?)
Other than that it is reported to be superior in every respect: safety (Which was and is not the issue some make it out to be, my car is a ten year old design with a few tweaks and when it was tested in 2000 it scored 3 stars, perfectly normal for a car of that period and way better than a lot of vehicles whose drivers seem to think provide them with invulnerability), performance, servicing ease and cost, comfort and space.
I wish I was in the market for a new car, It sounds very good indeed!
Anothe tip, if you are getting the cabrio, pay the extra and get the heated leather seats, I use mine with the roof down in winter!