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The Top Gear car review:Abarth 500
For:Individuality, running costs and cool scorpion badges
Against: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.