If you want something fun and affordable to drive, high on your shopping list should be the Abarth 595.
For more than a decade this model has been injecting style and flair into the hot hatch segment, and for 2021 it’s been enhanced further with additional personalisation options and style.
But if you’re considering this sporty model, what do you need to know? Here’s our buyer’s guide to the latest Abarth 595.
What engines are available?
Regardless of which model you go for, it will come with a turbocharged 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine and a manual gearbox.
The entry-level ‘595’ models come with an output of 143bhp, and while that might not sound a huge amount, these models are still punchy – accelerating from 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 130mph.
Next up is the 163bhp version, which comes on Turismo, Monster Energy Yamaha and Scorpioneoro models. With these, the 0-60mph time drops to 7.1 seconds, while the top speed increases to 135mph.
At the top of the line-up is the 178bhp version, which is utilised in Competizione, Esseesse and 70th Anniversary models. These can go from 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds and head on to a top speed of 140mph.
Despite the performance, though, these models will be surprisingly affordable to run – Abarth claiming they’ll return 39.2mpg, with CO2 emissions of 162g/km.
What trim levels are available?
A huge choice of trim levels are available on the Abarth 595, with equipment highlights and prices as follows.
595 – from £17,560
Standard equipment on the 595 includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch digital TFT display, air conditioning and a five-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and DAB radio. You also get a leather steering wheel, electric door mirrors and front fog lights.
595 Turismo – from £20,760
Turismo models gain a more powerful engine, along with a larger seven-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation aswell as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also get larger 18-inch alloy wheels, Koni rear suspension, satin grey styling details, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers.
595 Monster Energy Yamaha – from £21,840
This special-edition model is limited to 2,000 units globally and comes with black 17-inch alloy wheels, a blue and black styling kit, an upgraded exhaust system and tinted windows.
595 Scorpioneoro – from £22,595
The Scorpioneoro pays homage to the classic A112 Abarth, and gains gold 17-inch alloy wheels, various other gold elements and a black body. It also features a chequered roof and a Beats sound system.
595 Competitzione – from £23,190
Competizione versions feature the most powerful 178bhp output, and also gain 17-inch ‘Corsa’ alloy wheels, red brake callipers, carbon interior inserts and an upgraded exhaust system.
595 Esseesse – from £26,690
Sporty Esseesse models bring distinctive white 17-inch alloy wheels, along with other white elements. They also feature a vocal Akrapovic exhaust system, red Brembo brake callipers and a mechanical limited-slip differential.
695 70th Anniversary – from £30,900
Special-edition 70th Anniversary models come with full Koni suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, a grey body kit and Anthracite-coloured interior. You also get a cool manually adjustable spoiler and Xenon headlights, too.
What about personalisation?
If you like your personalisation, you’re in the right place with the Abarth 595. From the many derivatives available, which each adopt a different look, there is a whole range of options available.
A huge choice of colours are on offer, too, with bright shades such as Modena Yellow and Adrenaline Green available, along with matte options and even cool two-tone schemes available.Enquire on a new Abarth 595