In this age of financial prudence, it’s clever consumers - or that should be clever commuters - i.e. those that need to drive into central London’s congestion charging zone, who are doing the maths and adding a downsized, tax exempt supermini to their fleet.
However, these premium pedalling driver’s aren’t faced with as much choice as it seems they should be. Naturally, it’s got to have an automatic gearbox and it’s got to be from a premium brand. And despite the brand’s up and downs, that means a Smart Fortwo Coupe.
Yes, there are other options out there - the cute Fiat 500 TwinAir springs to mind, but its £2,000 more. Others abound, but they are either Diesel powered (not necessary or cost effective for short London commuting) or - as already highlighted - they cost significantly more - either as an outright purchase or running costs.
Naturally the vehicle has its limitations - having only two seats and a tiny boot for example, but that’s irrelevant - a grander vehicle sits at home for weekend manoeuvres.