2019 Abarth 595 Esseesse verdict

Does the new range-topping Abarth 595 Esseesse inject some fresh fizzing excitement into this ageing hot hatch?...

Abarth 595

2019 Abarth 595 Esseesse verdict

The hardcore Abarthistas desperate for some 70th birthday memorabilia may well be willing to fight to get hold of a 595 Esseesse, but for the objective buyer looking for an entertaining hot hatch, there’s little reason to justify plumping for this particular model for the princely sum of £25,295.

Instead, you’re better off looking further down the range for the best-value 595. But then at that kind of price, you could buy a Fiesta ST or Polo GTI and have a fair bit of change left over. True, neither of those will delight your ears and irritate your neighbours’ in the same way as the 595 Esseesse, and they might not tug at your heartstrings quite so much, but more than £25,000 is far too much for this flawed hot hatch.

Remember, you can see how much you could save on an Abarth 595 without any haggling by checking out our New Car Buying service.

Abarth 595

What Car? rating: 2 out of 5

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Abarth 595 Esseesse

Price £25,295 Engine 4cyl, 1368cc, turbo, petrol Power 178bhp at 5500rpm Torque 184lb ft at 3000rpm Gearbox 5-spd manual 0-62mph 6.7sec Top speed 140mph Official mpg 42.2mpg (WLTP) CO2 155g/km (WLTP)

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