Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Although the front seats are mounted fairly high, the Abarth 595’s high roof line means you’re only likely to have issues with head room if you are well over six feet tall. They also slide back far enough to just about accommodate long-legged drivers.
Unfortunately, as is the case with the Fiat 500, the stylized dashboard with its chunky trim inserts looks great but only leaves space for a very pokey glovebox below it. The door bins are even smaller, but you will at least find two generously-sized cupholders below the dash-mounted gearlever.
Access to the back seats isn’t as easy as in many small cars because the 595 has only three doors. Also, there are only two rear seats and they’re pretty cramped for full-sized adults. The similarly sized Volkswagen Up GTI is far more spacious. And if you need to carry adult passengers at all frequently, you’ll be better off with the larger Ford Fiesta ST or Volkswagen Polo GTI.
There’s enough room for a few shopping bags in the 185-litre boot, but most small cars, have considerably bigger load areas, with smaller lips at the entrance and wider boot openings. The space grows considerably when you fold down the rear seats, but they lie at a slight angle when lowered, and there’s no false floor to iron out the annoying step they create.
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