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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.

Fiat 500 Hatchback

What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

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.

What Car? readers say

4.341464


Key facts

0–60mph
7.9 secs
Top speed
128 mph
Average mpg
43.5
Tank range
335 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

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.

Reader test team says:

Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 Pop 3dr

i'm gutted i cant give this little car a 5 star because from a distance it is a fab little car for someone maybe learning to drive or just does a…

laura mosby

3 out of 5 stars

Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 S 3dr

I bought my little Fiat Sport in May and absolutely love it! I traded in my Toyota Yaris (which I loved) but wanted something a bit nippier and…

Jeanette Martin

4 out of 5 stars

Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.4 Lounge 3dr

This review is actually for a 500C (convertible). We bought a TwinAir Lounge 6 weks ago and are very happy with it. The quality of build and materials…

Iain Mair

4 out of 5 stars

Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.4 Lounge 3dr

I upgraded to an Abarth 500 12 months ago after previously owning a Fiat 500 twin Air Lounge. I had no issues with the TA, it was a super car, but I…

Charles Smiles

4 out of 5 stars
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