Abarth 595

Abarth 595 review

Passenger & boot space
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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Although the front seats are mounted fairly high, you’re only likely to have issues with head room if you are well over six feet. Likewise, the seats slide back far enough to just about accommodate long-legged drivers.

The 595’s interior is also a fine example of style over function; that body-coloured face on the dashboard looks great but means the glovebox that sits below it is very pokey, while the door bins are even smaller. At least there are two good-sized cupholders below the dash-mounted gearlever.

Getting into the back of the car isn’t as easy as in many rivals because the 595 has only three doors. As with many of its hot hatch rivals, there are only two rear seats that, while they will fit two adults, are pretty cramped. A similarly sized Volkswagen Up GTI is far more spacious, and there are larger rivals still.

There’s enough room for a few shopping bags in the 185-litre boot, but most rivals, even those of a similar size, have considerably bigger load areas, with smaller lips at the entrance and wider boot openings. Fold down the rear seats and the space grows considerably, but the seats lie at a slight angle and there’s no false floor to iron out the annoying step in the extended load area when the seats are down.

 

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595
Even the entry-level 595 is reasonably well equipped, coming with 16in alloy wheels, ai...
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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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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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