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ABARTH 595 HATCHBACK

1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 3dr

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The Fiat 500 shucks off its cutesy image with its purposeful Abarth 595 variants. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

The Abarth name might be a bit of a mystery to some younger buyers who won't remember it being plastered over hot Fiats of the Seventies and early Eighties. In case you were wondering, the Abarth name has been owned by Fiat since 1971, but it was originally the racing team of Karl Abarth, founded in Turin in 1949. A long and illustrious competition history lent the Scorpion badge quite some kudos and those of a certain age will go a little dewy eyed remembering cars like the Autobianchi A112 Abarth and the Fiat 131 Abarth. In later years, Fiat used the badge sparingly, although it appeared on some fairly undistinguished vehicles like the Fiat Stilo. These days, Abarth is a separate division, housed in the old Mirafiori factory. It's responsible for these Abarth 595 models, probably the best cars to wear the badge for many a year.

Driving Experience

The Abarth 595 range starts from just under £18,000 for the 145hp model, but most Abarth 595 buyers choose a 165hp version of the same 1.4-litre petrol turbo engine, this the unit fitted to 'Turismo' variants and also to the even sportier F595 variants. In the great scheme of all things hot hatch, 165hp isn't a huge hill of beans. You can get hatches with more than double that power output, but as recent developments in sports car manufacture has shown, more power isn't always analogous with more fun. The next stage up lies with 'Competizione' and 'Esseesse' variants which boast an uprated 180hp output. Flog the 165hp version off the line and the 1.4-litre T-Jet turbocharged petrol engine will deliver 60mph to you in a mere 7.1 seconds en route to a top speed of 127mph. In the 180hp Competizione derivative, those figures improve to 6.7s and 140mph. That should be quick enough to get your jollies, especially when peak torque is achieved at a mere 3,000rpm. Useable power in a small package? Brilliant. The engine uses an over-boost function which modulates the amount of available turbo boost and is activated by a 'Scorpion' button on the steering wheel. Carried over from the 500 model is Torque Transfer Control, which helps to improve the transfer of torque to the driven wheels. The car is fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard or, as we said, on some models you can choose the MTA paddle-shift gearbox.

Design and Build

It's hard to go too far wrong with a donor vehicle as pretty as the Fiat 500, but making it look convincingly mad, bad and dangerous to know is an altogether tougher task. The essential character of the car changes from something a little bit cutesy and twee to something that is decidedly malevolent in its intent. The Competizione is identified by its 17" alloys, red or yellow brake calipers, record grey paint, dark tinted rear windows and an optional opaque Abarth racing side stripe. Go for the Turismo instead and you'll get front brake discs which are cross-drilled and ventilated, while the rear discs are cross-drilled. For a more unique touch, there is the option to specify either red or yellow calipers. Over the brakes are the exclusive 17" Abarth alloy wheels featuring the scorpion detail. Available exclusively to the 595 Turismo is the Abarth special two tone paint available in Grigio Pista (Racing Grey) or Rosso Officina (Works Red). The detail continues on the outside with titanium grey finished detailing of the front and rear grilles. On all 595 derivatives, the interior is snug, with the front two well supported by sports seats, though the rear chairs are best left for bags or very small kids. The boot is a paltry 185-litres and even when you fold the rear seats and load the car to the roof, there's only a little bit more room than you'd get in the boot of a BMW 7 Series. A 7-inch 'Uconnect' centre-dash touchscreen with 'Apple CarPlay' is now standard.

Market and Model

Prices for the '595' models start at around £17,800, which gets you the standard 145hp '595' variant. There's a £2,650 premium for the cabriolet bodystyle. The 165hp F595' version starts at around £20,300, while the 'Turismo' variant starts from just under £21,000 - both variants available with the option of paying around £1,300 more for MTA auto transmission. Go for the 180bhp 'Competizione' 595 model and the list price rises to around £23,000. The top 'Esseesse' version have the same engine and start from just over £26,500. The 'Turismo' derivative features Alutex trim for the pedals, footrest and door kick-plates, bespoke floor mats, machined aluminium fuel and oil filler caps and dark tinted rear windows. There's also upgraded front and rear dampers, automatic climate control, leather upholstery and xenon headlights. Go for the Competizione and you also get some beautiful Sabelt seats in fabric upholstery, a Monza exhaust upgrade and anthracite finished alloys.

Cost of Ownership

While it is possible to spend well over £20,000 on these cars, especially if you opt for one with a paddle shift gearchange, you can get all the fun for a saving of more than £2,000 below that figure if you opt for the entry level 595 or 595 'Turismo' model, the versions that seem to represent the value in the range. You should find that day to day running costs won't break the bank as its 1.4-litre T-Jet powerplant is one of those modern turbocharged engines that actually returns really good fuel economy if you're not constantly making the turbo do manic hamster wheel impressions. The quoted economy figure for a manual Abarth 595 Turismo is 42.8mpg on the combined cycle and even around town it'll manage over 30mpg. Emissions are pegged at between 153g/km and 165g/km, depending on variant. The manual Abarth 595 Competizione 180hp manages 41.5mpg on the combined cycle. Residual values will be good if previous hot versions of the Fiat 500 are anything to go by and reliability seems to be improving after teething troubles with early cars. Expect insurance in the Group 28 region.

Summary

Abarth has hit this nail squarely on the head. If you want the most stylish and funky warm hatch on the market, this is unquestionably it. The Abarth 595 looks great and is quick enough to entertain yet not so overblown that it brings with it massive bills. Hotter versions of the MINI come close, but Abarth has really upped the standard and offered all of those cool design cues in an even more distilled form. Of course, there will be some who sniff at the relatively modest 165 or 180bhp power outputs and claim that this car could be faster, ignoring the fact that extra power would probably ruin its delightful handling balance. Whether you choose the base version, the base 595, the Turismo, the Competizione or the Esseesse, hard top or soft top, manual or MTA paddle shift gearbox, it's hard not to find a place in your heart for a car this cheeky. You'll need to keep an eye on the price you end up paying when looking at option packs, but other than that, there's not much cause for complaint here.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions160.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed140mph

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Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    161
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    160

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1368
  • Compression Ratio
    9.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    72
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    84
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    5 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    6.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    44.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.4
  • Badge Power
    180
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    T-Jet 180
  • Coin Series
    Essesse
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    32D
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    8
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    9000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    72000
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.7
  • Engine Power - BHP
    180
  • Engine Power - KW
    134
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    184
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    25.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    250
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2250
  • Top Speed
    140

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/40 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/40 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1485
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    3660
  • Wheelbase
    2300
  • Width
    1627
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1893

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    35
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    550
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    185
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    400
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.8
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