What Car? says...
The Abarth 595 is a bit like a granny on roller skates. Let us explain. It’s a fast version of the Fiat 500 and was first launched in 2008 as the Abarth 500. Over the years, the Abarth has had many a nip and tuck to try and keep it fresh – including a name change to 595 – but it’s still technically the same car underneath. In car terms, that’s old.
But while most manufacturers have shied away from making high-performance city cars, the Abarth’s ability to provide pint-size thrills means it still manages to stand out from the crowd, despite its ancient underpinnings.
What’s more, in-keeping with the stylish Fiat 500 that it shares its look with, the 595C means that you can have your Abarth with a convertible roof, which retracts electronically with the touch of a button. None of the 595’s rivals can offer you that.
But do these changes make the 595 spicy enough to beat the competition or is it a case of all bark and no bite? Over the next few pages, we’ll let you know. And whichever sporty city car you decide on, visit our New Car Buying pages for the best discounts around.
|RRP price range||£19,549 - £29,575|
|Number of trims (see all)||5|
|Number of engines (see all)||3|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||40.4 - 42.2|
|Available doors options||3|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,324 / £2,083|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,647 / £4,167|