For It's the cheaper of the two Abarth models – by quite a way – and it doesn't miss anything in luxury kit compared to the more expensive Esseesse version.
Against You don't get quite as much performance as you do in the Esseesse version.
This is the Abarth you want. OK, it's not as fast as the Esseesse, but it's plenty quick enough and it's thousands cheaper.
There’s a wide range of engines to choose from, plus a few trims, but there’s no need to look any further down the pricelist than the entry-level car. The 1.2 Pop has enough performance to keep most drivers happy, and being the most basic trim, purchase prices are very reasonable.
Yes, it’s a little basic; you don’t get alloys, air-conditioning or stability control. However, you can add all these features for significantly less money than it costs you to step up to Lounge trim.
Discounts are small on the 500, because it's a desirable little car, with Fiat UK selling all it can import. There's scope to extensively personalise your car, with different roof colours and paint schemes to choose from, plus a series of sticker kits, decals and graphics. There are also frequent special editions to look out for, even if some of them are ridiculously pricey.
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Overall, this is our favourite 500, thanks to its mix of style, affordability and low running costs.