Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Whether you go for the entry-level Abarth 595 or one of the higher spec versions, the 595’s price tag looks like a bit of a bargain. However, the Volkswagen Up GTI is even cheaper and the faster, larger and better-to-drive Ford Fiesta ST won’t require you to spend all that much more.
That said, even the entry-level 595 gets plenty of kit, including 16in alloy wheels, a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio, Bluetooth, and a USB connection, twin exhaust pipes, manual air conditioning, a sporty bodykit and sports seats.
Things don’t get much better when you look at reliability, either. While neither the 595 nor Abarth featured in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, its parent company Fiat was included and took bottom place – 30th out of the 30 manufacturers involved.
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