The Abarth 595 is a striking hot hatchback inspired by the diminutive Fiat 500. To give it extra power and appeal, Abarth have fitted this car with an aggressive bodykit, stylish alloy wheels and turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine that gets more powerful as you move up the range.
The new 595 embraces the most current Fiat Abarth 500, featuring Uconnect's best-in-class infotainment system, a sporty flat bottom steering wheel and exterior/interior styling updates. With this updated version of an already popular car, you can be sure that it will continue to turn heads as its predecessors have done before.
With its light weight, the 595 offers decent fuel economy for a performance-focused car. However, due to its small size, practicality is hindered by limited space inside the cabin. The suspension of all models in this range are firm and bouncy - especially on rough roads – making long drives quite uncomfortable.
Although the 595 may not be perfect, it is still a ton of fun to drive- and that's what should matter most to those thinking about purchasing one. Read more
Currently, there are three models to choose from. Each one can be a hatchback or convertible. The standard 595 used to come with 143bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.8 seconds, but the base model now gets a 163bhp engine.
The Abarth 595 comes with a standard seven-inch Uconnect infotainment screen powered by Fiat's Live services. Although it may not be the most cutting edge, it is sufficient and compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and even DAB radio. It also boasts an exciting feature known as "Abarth Telemetry" – this allows users to keep track of their lap times on preloaded circuits. For the most luxurious models, sporty bucket seats offer both a stunning look and remarkable comfort. However, as it did with its previous version, the seating position feels slightly elevated - like you're standing above your pedals instead of sitting in them. Unfortunately there is no adjustment for steering wheel reach either.
The Abarth packs come packaged with each version of the vehicle, adding convenience and style. The Tech Pack offers up a navigation system that can be accessed via its seven-inch screen as well as automatic climate control. And to ensure you are extra safe at night, the Style Pack has been equipped with Xenon headlights in addition to a Beats audio system for an amplified sound experience.
While the 595s provide a robust ride, it may become uncomfortable on choppy roads. Additionally, its loud exhaust note can be exciting when you're in an adventurous mood but will eventually become unnerving while taking things more slowly. Fortunately, if Sport mode is deactivated the Record Monza's sound can soften up to a manageable level.
Although the 595 is a small, three-door hatchback that does not excel in practicality, it still provides satisfactory legroom for rear passengers even with taller people occupying the front seats. However, accessing and sitting on the back may be an uncomfortable experience since there's only enough room for two persons.
For those who prefer the wind in their hair, there's now a breathtaking option: The Abarth 595C Convertible. Riding on the iconic Fiat 500 platform and available as either an 595, Trofeo, Turismo or Competizione model – you're guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go.
Enchanting in their design, all the convertibles come with an electric fabric roof that collapses on top of the trunk while keeping side windows and pillars intact. Even though you won't get a full convertible feel due to much of car framework still being present, it is undeniable that open-top motoring experience will be achieved! The sporty alloy wheels are identical to those found in hatchback counterparts along with turbocharged 1.4 L petrol engine which produces higher power as one moves up the range for more performance efficiency.
Abarth 595 convertibles are fitted with the cutting-edge Uconnect infotainment system and various styling packages, depending on your personal preference.
The 595C line-up offers an abundance of options for all levels and purposes, including the iconic 143bhp 595 model. For a bit more power you can opt for the 158bhp Trofeo or 163bhp Turismo variant, but if you're looking to get your hands on the fastest, most intense version there's no other option than the 178bhpo Competizione with its stiffer suspension and limited-slip differential - allowing superior control in corners.