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4 Reasons why the Fiat 500 Abarth is going to be my next car!

Ignoring the fact that I can't afford one, I try to justify my decision to replace my Clio with an Abarth!

2y ago

I’ve owned my current car for over 2 and half years and 16,000 miles. To many, this might not sound like a long, but it’s a record for me.

Having owned it for so long I feel the need for a change. It’s not like there is anything particularly wrong with my car (I’ll ignore the £4000 maintenance bill), I’m just in the mood for something different.

Unfortunately, being a student its unlikely I’ll have any spare cash for a few years. However, a man can dream, and I think I’ve found the perfect replacement. It’s the feisty little Fiat 500 Abarth!


Engine: 1.4L Four-cylinder Turbo

Power: 135bhp

Torque: 133 lbs/ft

Top Speed: 129mph

0-62mph: 7.9 seconds

The 1.4L engine provides more than enough performance! © - FCA - fiatpress.com

The 1.4L engine provides more than enough performance! © - FCA - fiatpress.com

The first and arguably the most important reason I think the Abarth is going to be my next car is because of the performance on offer.

As you can see from the stats, these juiced up city cars will struggle to win many drag races, but in truth this doesn’t matter to me.

The Abarth has a level of performance that can be used and exploited to its fullest. Being able to use all of the throttle travel, for more of the time, is surely something to be relished.

Furthermore, should I feel short changed - more power is only a remap away!


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Looks like fun! © - FCA - fiatpress.com

In a country where traffic is literally around every corner, owning a car that is fun at all speeds massively appeals to me.

The already wheeled out point about being able to use full throttle all the time is certainly one element that’ll make every drive in the Abarth fun.

Other elements that’ll encourage a grin when driving are things such as the exhaust note. These little hot hatches have no right to sound as rebellious as they do.

Additionally, once off the congested city streets, the Abarth should be a great companion to throw down some country lanes.


I think the styling is spot on, but what do you think? © - FCA - fiatpress.com

I think the styling is spot on, but what do you think? © - FCA - fiatpress.com

The characterful nature of the Abarth is enhanced by the exterior styling.

Personally, I think that Abarth have done a perfect job. They’ve successfully turned a cute city car with soft edges into something that looks purposeful and aggressive. Lowered suspension and bigger alloy wheels complete the pumped up look.

Abarth deserve credit for not going over the top. It would have been easy to over style this little pocket rocket into an angular, winged mess.


I will own one! © - FCA - fiatpress.com

I will own one! © - FCA - fiatpress.com

If the above reasons aren’t enough to convince you that my choice is a good one, then perhaps this will.

The starting price for an early model, which hasn’t covered silly miles is around £5500.

Whilst this might seem like a lot of money for a car that is nearly 10 years old, I don’t think is it. I say this because the Abarth 500 range has remained pretty much the same (recent face lift aside) since its launch.

This means that the car is a private number plate away from tricking people into thinking you’ve bought a much newer car than the V5 suggests.

Having said that, I don’t think buying a private number plate is a good way to justify a purchase. I feel like I’ve just shown strong symptoms for a case of man maths!


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Comments (40)

  • Do it! Make sure you get an esseesse (like my old one), they come with some lovely extras and 160hp! Also, the monza exhaust is a must!

      2 years ago
  • Really well written article Blee! Enough power in a bitesize package and they do sound raucous for their size, they must be quite a hoot.

      2 years ago
  • I wish you luck in getting one! I got to check an older model out in person; you’re right the Abarth interior/exterior styling makes it pretty cool looking. I drove a plain ole Italian PT Cruiser 500, har har, rental for a few weeks and I was surprised at how comfortable it was to drive. The low fuel consumption was nice too. Going from my car to it was an adjustment, losing 184HP, but the only issue I really had was going shopping and trying to fit a lot of stuff in it.

      2 years ago
    • Thank you :) I’m used to a small boot so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Losing 184hp would be a shock!

        2 years ago
  • In the US, used ones are very inexpensive. The resale value on Fiats is dismal. (So is getting a Fiat serviced at the unicorn-like authorized dealer.) I had a low mileage 500 Sport. I gave up on trying to keep it running. So many electrical problems.

    I think your HP numbers are a little low. Here that would be the Turbo model. The Abarth came in at 160hp.

      2 years ago
    • They came in various states of tune over here, I think 135hp is correct for early standard models :) Ah well, it cant be any more expensive to run than my Clio!

        2 years ago
    • By that I mean a standard Abarth. The Esseesse models came with 160hp.

        2 years ago
  • We own one an about to take one in for 3 weeks from FCA Press too.. :) Love them..

      2 years ago