Not sure about that, the CVT in the Jazz is fantastic, better IMHO than the I-Shift, the fuel consumption is only a little off vs the normal 5 speed and in sports mode is great fun, doesn't do the normal CVT elastic band effect, shame the engine lacks umph. I think the i-shift can do with a sports mode and a faster upshift for real fun but all said its only £700 compared with £900 for the CVT-7 on the Jazz. Just done first 400 miles in my I-Shift I like it, but would pay the extra £200 for the Jazz's CVT.allan40alt said:Hi jt, I think the Smart car has paddle shift with CVT. I tried CVT once but didn't like it, as you say, very jerky and delay on pick-up from standstill. Can't see that the paddles would help it much. I doubt it can compare to the i-Shift.
Have another test drive in an i-Shft, but be prepared to part with some extra cash. At least you've currently got a decent car to use whilst you wait for delivery of your new one!