She is an artist and weekend driver. He, a businessman, is always on the road. We asked Luisa Corcione and Francesco Conforti to choose between a smart fortwo and a smart forfour – before putting their selection to the test in Rome.
At seven o’clock on a Sunday morning, the streets of Rome are so empty you can have the city virtually to yourself. A road-sweeping vehicle buzzes around the Piazza Santa Maria, normally so full of life, removing all trace of the previous night’s excesses. But even at this time of day, the thermometer has risen to 24 degrees Celsius (75°F). We invited artist Luisa Corcione from Naples and textiles trader Francesco Conforti from Florence to test one of two smart cars each. That involved the couple making a spontaneous choice between two model variants, so when a smart fortwo and a smart forfour appeared on the piazza, each had no hesitation. Luisa opted for the larger model, whereas for Francesco it simply had to be the classic two-seater. “We’re in Trastevere, a wonderful part of the city – but there are lots of really narrow streets here,” says Francesco, already settling into his vehicle of choice. “Even if there isn’t a huge difference between the two smarts, I think every inch will count.”