I get upset when I read articles like this. I just recently, last fall, purchased a used 2008 Smart Pure, and I enjoy driving this car, and I have so far not found any of this or previous reviews to be true. But then, I drive a car like it is intended to be driven. Yes the cockpit appears small, But my 6'7" 295 pound body has plenty of leg room and I am not scrunched up. And from the first time I took it for a test drive, I learned that for smooth shifting, as an automatic, accelerate with steady pressure on the gas pedal, and the computer shifts as smooth as any. What the people that test drive cars don't understand is that when they test drive a fuel efficient car such as the Smart, they need to drive the car sensibly. Do not drive it like they are in a drag race or in a NASCAR race. This is a fuel efficient car and needs to be driven using a tiny bit of gray matter. I drive to see how much mpg's I can get. Steady acceleration and steady speeds. Furthermore, I rarely drive over 55 mph, but on occasion will go to 65 mph. And yes, I do sometimes get peeved at someone who is following too closely on a back country road, and then I will speed up and take a sharp turn at an excessive speed just to see if they can keep up and hug the corner Usually they don't follow too closely after their first failure.
I do LOVE how the Smart hugs the turns, reminds me of a 2 seat sports car. So for me, my Smart car is a FUEL efficient 2 seat sports car, that has the ability to perform when needed, but prefers to be driven sensibly. I LOVE MY SMART FOR TWO!! and won't tolerate anyone talking bad about it or any Smart car.