09th October 2018
Over the last 18 years there has been a shortage of hot hatchbacks that have that punchy attitude in their drive, but now there is a new contender. Step forward the Fiat Abarth. The Abarth brand was born into the Fiat Punto Abarth in 2007, but the more exciting news was when the brand was introduced into the Fiat 500 with a 1.4 litre turbocharged engine with the choice of four models; the standard form, the Turismo, the Competizione and the 695 Biposto.
However, in 2015 the Abarth 595 benefitted from a facelift with all new head lights and rear lights amongst the changes. The closest competitor of the Mini Cooper is the Abarth 595 Competizione model with big side skirts, bumper and a rear spoiler, giving it that much needed bit of aggression.
The interior, for a little car is very spacious, offering a boot space much bigger than the Mini Cooper, which to us was a massive shock. An added bonus to the Abarth is that you can customise the car to your preferences, making it very unique. There are many options you can purchase if you feel you need to, but as standard, the car is sold with:
- Driving Aids – cruise control, adjustable speed limiter, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing front wipers and hill start assist.
- Integrated Bluetooth
- Bucket seats
- Metal pedals – which are rather closely spaced together
- Leather steering wheel
- CD Player with MP3 capacity, auxiliary and USB sockets
- If you wish to upgrade, you can add a Beats Audio system and satellite navigation.
There is no two ways about the ride of the Abarth. In what looks a small car you are sat up in what feels quite high. The drive itself is firm and light on the road, but it is very bumpy and uncomfortable at times. But, in a hot hatchback this is very much expected with a sharp composure and fantastic handling, in fact the Fiat Abarth glued to the corners and was very nippy in acceleration but also quite loud. When starting it up in the mornings you got that sense of ‘should have pushed the car down the road to start so you don’t wake the neighbours’