Although it may be a bit more spacious than its predecessor, the cabin space of the new 2 is unlikely to make a dent on your first impression. Instead, how the interior looks is of far more interest than its basic proportions.
Here is a supermini cabin that avoids the pitfalls of tacky styling or unnecessary clutter, delivering in their place a real sense of imagination and savvy attention to detail. This emanates most obviously from the dashboard, a slab of space-conscious architecture that appears to have been downscaled from a couple of classes above.
None of its hallmarks – unbroken horizontal lines, nicely corralled switchgear, periscoped instrument cluster – are particularly new, but their integration is rarely so well handled. It comes as no surprise to learn that the car’s designer, the same man who penned the exterior, originally trained in interior design.
Of course, without immediately crediting it, the size advantage here is already telling. It is the reason why a 12mm-wider centre console and stack can be absorbed and all heating, ventilation and air-con controls swept onto it, leaving the upper portion of the dash to convey nothing but acres of leather-aping soft-touch plastic and a 7.0in infotainment screen.