The unloved jerky automated manual transmission has been redesigned and now has five gears making it smoother in operation thanks in part to having a more powerful and flexible engine.
The new car is more comfortable, safer and more ecological than its predecessor.
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The overall length has been increased by seven inches providing more interior space as well as improved front and rear end crash protection.
An Electronic Stability Programme is standard across the range. Fuel economy is said to average 60.1mpg.
After a brief drive the new fortwo is a great improvement.
It looks better, the engine has more power and torque, the transmission is also much improved, the quality of the interior looks better able to compete against 'cult' cars such as the MINI, there is more luggage room but the comfort of ride and handling is still poor relative to a conventional small city car.