The interior layout, fit and finish
Open the door and it’s immediately obvious that you're inside an Abarth rather than a regular Fiat 500. The general interior layout mirrors the Fiat, of course, but the small detailing is pure Abarth.
In the footwell you’ll find alloy ‘racing’ pedals, the steering wheel has the now-obligatory flat spot at the bottom and you get an Abarth-specific 7.0in digital instrument cluster. Just don’t expect these touches to transform the interior; the hard plastics and flimsy controls feel cheap.
However, despite its sporty styling, the 595 is still cursed by the Fiat 500’s sit-up-and-beg driving position (even if it does provide good forward visibility). Compared with a Volkswagen Up GTI, you feel like you’re sitting on the 595’s seat rather than in it, and you have to contort your left foot to feather the clutch – right-hand-drive models are blighted by a cramped pedal area. Meanwhile, the lack of a proper left-foot rest is particularly annoying on longer motorway journeys. And, to make matters worse, the lack of telescopic steering adjustment means that you’re never quite in the right driving position, being either too close or too far away from the steering wheel.
Counting in the car’s favour are supportive seats, a high-mounted aluminium alloy gearlever that is a tactile highlight, and a boost-gauge-cum-shift-indicator that adds a welcome bit of theatre.