Abarth 595 review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Abarth 595 2020 infotainment
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  • Abarth 595 2020 infotainment
  • Abarth 595 2020 right tracking
  • Abarth 595 2020 right panning
  • Abarth 595 2020 left rear panning
  • Abarth 595 2019 rear right static
  • Abarth 595 2020 front seats
  • Abarth 595 2020
  • Abarth 595 2020 rear cornering
  • Abarth 595 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Abarth 595 2020 rear seats
  • Abarth 595 2020 infotainment
  • Abarth 595 2020 right tracking
  • Abarth 595 2020 right panning
  • Abarth 595 2020 left rear panning
  • Abarth 595 2019 rear right static
  • Abarth 595 2020 front seats
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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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Abarth 595 2020 infotainment

Overview

The Abarth 595 is undoubtedly stylish and mightily fast in a straight line, but it’s not the best handling hot hatch and the poor driving position is a big minus when you compare it with the VW Up! GTi. What’s more, plenty of small hot hatches are available for around the same price that are 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
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