If you’ve no need for anything in the way of luggage space, this S660 would be a superb way to make inner-city commuting less fraught, more fun. But there’s a sucker punch: just like its fellow Kei cars, there are no plans for this little Honda, priced at the yen equivalent of £10,300, to be sold outside of Japan.
And after a day succumbing to the S660’s sweetness, I’m struggling to see why – beyond their fragile proportions not yielding spiffing crash results – we’re deprived of this motley crew of mini-cars. Europe likes its city cars strong and stylish, it would seem, and more than a little premium. But everything that’s fashionable now – shrunken three-cylinder engines, a focus on cheap tax and a U-turn on swelling dimensions – has been evident in the Japanese market for more than six decades, with little stars like the S660 peppered across that timeline.
After a day of soaking up Tokyo’s sights and sounds inside its cosy little cabin, I feel I must to encourage you to start knocking up the placards of protest now. Every city needs cars like this.
This feature was originally published in the August 2015 issue of Top Gear magazine