Yeah, it's tiny. Check those wheels - crying out for rims, aren't they? Do they make rims that small?
More pics and my evaluation after the jump.
Crappy picture, but the gist is the layout is pretty standard and bare-bones. Temperature control is the sliding knob next to the right vent, and it's in degrees, which is nice. Seat heaters and door lock controls are also on the center console.
Ignition is next to the gear shift. Note the +/- next to Drive - that's an optional manual shift. More on that presently.
The trunk is normal size for a small car, neglecting the fact that there is no rear seat:
First complaint: Strangely for such a micromini vehicle, the length of the rear gate is actually an impedient to getting all your groceries out. You can fold the seats forward, but it's still tight reaching back there.
There is this sort of hidden compartment in the tailgate:
I guess this is to secure small things that would otherwise bounce around and roll under the seats, because guaranteed if that happened you'd need to disassemble the whole car to retrieve them. Kinda useful.
So, how did it drive? Like crap. I mean, what a joke. This is the engine you get for $12,000-$15,000? You can select automatic transmission or the manual shift, but either way, it's the same: When you shift, it bogs down, every time, even if you mash the accelerator. There's no tach, but I doubt it would help even if there were. I only drove it for an hour on surface streets, and it was actually tiring. The Car Talk guys once labeled the Mini Sport "a go-cart on stilts", but that's only because they hadn't driven the Smart yet. Consumer Reports also gives it the thumbs down, and recommends you look at the Honda Fit ($14,000-$16,000) or the Toyota Prius ($21,000-$24,000) instead.
But aside from the crappy driving experience, how was it? Crappy. First of all, there is nothing between you and the front bumper. You better hope those airbags work in a head-on, because otherwise you're ground meat.
Next, the apparent quality of construction is low. When you get into a Mini, the quality surprises you until you remember BMW makes it. When you get into the Smart, you wonder when it will fall apart. So not only is it not worth the $12,000-$15,000 they're charging, it will likely not hold its value, especially as the novelty wears off.
Who should buy this car? Stupid people who want to attract attention to themselves. Companies who want to put their logo on it to attract attention, because everyfuckingbody looks at the thing, at least for now. And golfers who think they need to do 55 at the course and consequently need airbags.