Abarth 595 (2008) Review

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Abarth 595 (2008) At A Glance

Transforms the Fiat 500 into an eager little sportscar with great handling and steering feel.

Starting to feel its age.

New prices start from £16,885, brokers can source from £16,815
Contract hire deals from £168.22 per month
Insurance Groups are between 13–34
On average it achieves 87% of the official MPG figure

The Abarth 500, created by FIAT's in house tuning arm, tuened the cute and fashionable FIAT 500 into a storming little hot hatch with the requisite sporty looks as well as more power.

Fitted with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 135PS, the light weight Abarth 500 is good for a 0-62mph time of 7.9 seconds. That may not sound that quick compared to other hot hatches, but the Abarth is more than just sheer power.

Thanks to its short wheelbase, direct steering and sports suspension, it has an old school hot hatch feel with a buzzy nature and sharp handling. It's not a car for comfort, but it's great fun to drive and looks the part too. While the standard 500 is fairly elegant, the Abarth version adds a beefy bodykit with larger bumpers complete with a big front air intake, a rear diffuser amd dual exhausts. There's also a choice of 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Along with the special Abarth badging, which replaces the regular Fiat branding, the Abarth 500 also gets special touches inside, including sports seats with red stitching, a leather sports steering wheel and special instrumentation with a turbo pressure gauge.

Early Abarth 500 models were available with the £2500 optional esseesse kit which got stiffer springs, special 17-inch alloys, upgraded brakes and - most crucially - more power with the 1.4 engine boosted to 160PS.

In 2012 the range was overhauled with the new Abarth 595 Turismo and the 595 Competizione versions added. These get the more powerful 160PS version of the 500 engine along with a host of extras.

Abarth 500 2009 Road Test and Video

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Real MPG average for a Abarth 595 (2008)

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Average performance


Real MPG

28–49 mpg

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Have I void my Fiat warranty?
I was driving my fiat 500 Abarth recently. As I pulled out of a junction on to a busy main road and changed gear my vehicle revved very high and jumped into neutral. I quickly shut the engine off and was stuck on the middle of a busy roundabout with it making a horrendous noise from the gearbox. I managed to get my car towed to my local dealer, but have been told my warranty is void because I have serviced the car myself. I think this is unfair. I used genuine parts bought from the dealership. I also work as a service technician and am very much aware that no service will inspect a gearbox so it shouldn't come into this matter unless it is due a fluid change under a age and mileage interval of which it has not reached.
You voided the FIAT warranty by self-servicing the car. But you could take the original supplying dealer to court under sale of goods legislation and subsequent case law:
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Scotchguarding a new car - is it worth it?
I recall comments in the past about Scotchguarding the new cars. My dealer has offered to do the interior and exterior of my new Fiat Abarth 595 for £250. Is it worth the extra cost?
I did this myself using the Auroglym Lifeshine dealer kit and the seats of my 500 Lounge remain as new. £250 is reasonable, but you can probably chip it down to £200.
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Which tyres for an Abarth 500?
What tyre size would you recommend for a Abarth Turisimo - 16" or 17"?
Definitely 16". Reasons in my road test:
Answered by Honest John
Which small 4x4 do you recommend?
Can you please advise me as to what small 4x4 you would recommend to buy - taking into account emissions, a good driving experience, reliability and ride quality, and a big enough engine to gave reasonable performance?
The smallest is the Fiat Panda 4x4, either 0.9 TwinAir or 1.3 Multijet diesel - a TwinAir recently broke the Cape to London record driven by Philip Young. The next smallest was the Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.4 D-4D 4WD, but that is now discontinued. Of comparable size, the MINI Countryman ALL4, Nissan Juke 1.6DIG-T CVT AWD, or the Suzuki SX4 AWD. There's also the Vauxhall Mokka (which I haven't driven). And, coming soon, the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and Ford EcoSport, though at least two of these will be offered with trick front diffs rather than 4WD. The ageing Suzuki Jimny is not nice to drive on the road.
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What does a Abarth 595 (2008) cost?

Buy new from £16,815 (list price from £17,310)
Contract hire from £168.22 per month
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