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Let’s get this out of the way right from the start: The Smart fortwo is not really an ideal car for Canadians. If you happen to live in a big city, it may be a great solution for your transportation needs. But the Smart fortwo is designed for cities with bigger challenges than ours; cities where parking spaces are few and far between, cars are restricted from entering the urban core, and monthly fuel tallies rival mortgage payments. Example: Cologne is the most densely populated city in Europe. Here, where we drove the 2016 Smart fortwo during the global press launch, a city car makes sense. Powering through downtown in the engaging little runabout, it was clear that street parking was at a premium. The new Smart is the same length as the outgoing version, so wrestling with small spaces remains a strong suit. The car’s turning circle, at 6.95m, is tighter than ever. So are its driving dynamics. Despite a tiny wheelbase and small wheels, ride comfort over rough roads is good. And, although the car looks tall, its centre of gravity is low (aided by the rear-engine design), so cornering is quick and composed.

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