Abarth 595 review

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Abarth 595
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8 Mar 2017 10:10 | Last updated: 22 Aug 2018 15:55

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City cars may be 10 a penny, but finding a quick one is trickier. While most manufacturers have shied away from high-performance shopping trollies, the Abarth 595 has provided pint-sized thrills for more than a decade.

The recipe for turning a regular Fiat 500 into an Abarth 595 is a simple one. Up front is a rorty 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, the suspension is lower and stiffer, and there’s a tough-looking bodykit and racy sports seats inside.

But while the 595 initially had the market largely to itself, there are now plenty of rivals, such as the Smart Brabus (in two-seat and four-seat form), Renault Twingo GT and the Volkswagen Up GTI. Even so, the 595 outguns all of them.

But are brute horsepower and cutesy looks enough? Over the next few pages, we’ll let you know. And if a 595 is indeed what you’re after, visit our new car deals page for the best discounts around.

 

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There are 4 trims available for the 595 hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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595
Even the entry-level 595 is reasonably well equipped, coming with 16in alloy wheels, air-con, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a multi-function steering wheel as standard...View trim
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Trofeo
This is a limited edition that provides a cheaper way to get the Turismo’s 163bhp engine, thanks to less standard equipment...View trim
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Turismo
Turismo models get more power than the standard car, better rear dampers, upgraded brakes, different wheels, rear parking sensors, climate control, leather seats and tinted rear windows. It’s well...View trim
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Competizione
This is the performance flagship of the regular 595 range and comes with a 178bhp version of the 1.4-litre turbo, upgraded suspension, bigger brakes and a rorty exhaust system. Pricey, but easily t...View trim
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