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Abarth 500 review

£16,375 - £27,315
Published: 13 Jan 2015
Price cuts and head-turning new trims aim to encourage more into the fun but flawed 500

Good stuff

Individuality, running costs and cool scorpion badges

Bad stuff

Crappy driving position, ride and price


What is it?

In many ways a delightfully inspired attempt to inject a bit of machismo into the otherwise entirely effeminate Fiat 500, the Abarth fails to hit the mark quite as we’d all hoped, but is nonetheless a hugely entertaining and characterful hot hatch for comparatively little money. It’s even more compelling now, since Abarth cut the price for the standard car and added some good-looking trims further up the range. The is a proper facelift coming soon, but at least for now it’s still outclassed by cars such as the Ford Fiesta ST.

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What's the verdict?

An addictive little begger that is much better than its list of failings would have you believe.
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