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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Abarth 500

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


Individuality, running costs and cool scorpion badges


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.4 T-Jet 180 Competizione 70th Anniversary 3dr
6.7s 155g/km 41.5 180 £21,675
The cheapest
1.4 T-Jet 145 70th Anniversary 3dr
7.8s 151g/km 42.8 145 £16,375
The greenest
1.4 T-Jet 165 Turismo 70th Anniversary 3dr Auto
7.4s 149g/km 42.8 165 £20,925