Abarth 595

Abarth 595 review

Costs & verdict
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Although the starting price looks like a bit of a bargain, a Volkswagen Up GTI is even cheaper if you’re buying outright. It’s also worth bearing in mind that it’s easy to spend a lot over that starting price on one of the top-tier variants.

That said, even the entry-level 595 gets plenty of kit, including air-con, a 5.0in touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB and 3.5mm connections, twin exhaust pipes, a sporty bodykit and sports seats.

Turismo models get more power, better rear dampers, upgraded brakes, different wheels, rear parking sensors, climate control, leather seats and tinted rear windows. It’s well worth considering if you want more pace and luxury. The range-topping Competizione adds plenty of extra performance kit, but you’ll be spending more than £20k.

It’s also worth mentioning that Abarth always seems to have at least one limited edition for the 595. While some are pretty good value, others are eye-wateringly expensive given the Fiat 500 base. If you fancy one of these limited-run cars, look carefully at what you’re getting for the money – you don’t want to spend thousands on a garish paint job and flashy wheels.

The 595 has a decent line-up of safety equipment, including seven airbags, anti-whiplash headrests and electronic stability control. It’s a shame that there’s no option of automatic emergency braking and, with those carbon-backed seats fitted, you have to forgo front side airbags.

While neither the 595 nor Abarth featured in our most recent reliability survey, parent company Fiat has a pretty poor reliability record, ranking 24th out of 32 manufacturers.

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Verdict

The Abarth 595 is startlingly quick and wonderfully stylish, but there are rivals that are both cheaper and better to drive

  • Exquisite design details
  • Impressive straight-line performance
  • Nimble on country roads
  • Not as involving to drive as rivals
  • Poor ergonomics
  • Expensive to buy
Trims
There are 7 trims available for the 595 hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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595
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70th Anniversary
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Trofeo
This is a limited edition that provides a cheaper way to get the Turismo’s 163bhp engin...
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£18,645
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Turismo
Turismo models get more power than the standard car, better rear dampers, upgraded brak...
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Turismo 70th Anniversary
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Competizione
This is the performance flagship of the regular 595 range and comes with a 178bhp versi...
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Competizione 70th Anniversary
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