Used Abarth 500 2009-present review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Alternatives

Used Abarth 500 09-present
  • Used Abarth 500 09-present
  • Used Abarth 500 09-present
  • Used Abarth 500 09-present
  • Used Abarth 500 09-present
  • Used Abarth 500 09-present
  • Used Abarth 500 09-present
  • Used Abarth 500 09-present
  • Used Abarth 500 09-present
  • Used Abarth 500 09-present
  • Used Abarth 500 09-present

Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Abarth 595 hatchback?

The Mini Cooper is a very well rounded car, with a smooth engine and excellent handling. However, it isn’t particularly quick, unless you go for the more expensive Cooper S and simply doesn’t have the character of the 500.

If you want a practical car that happens to be fast, the Ford Fiesta ST is a great option. The turbocharged 1.6-litre engine is very punchy; the handling is a joy and it practical enough for a small family. It’s cheap to run too with sensible insurance and fuel costs.

Overview

Pint-sized pocket rockets don’t come much smaller than the Abarth 500; it’s an entertaining car for tackling the city streets

  • Exquisite design detail
  • Impressive straight-line performance
  • Nimble on country roads
  • Not as involving to drive as the competition
  • Poor ergonomics
  • Expensive to buy