The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

A classic little car with a sporty look and feel, perfect for everyday essential needs

Starting price: £19,064

Pros

You can park in the smallest of places

2 boosters in the rear

7″ touchscreen

Space for a small pushchair and couple of shopping bags

Great fun to drive

Cons

Cup holders could be bigger

Safety NCAP rating

Intro

If you’re a fan of the Fiat 500, then you’ll love the Abarth 595!  It has all the same perks of the classic little car but with power.  As we have said in our review of the Fiat 500 hybrid, it’s no wonder why there are so many of these cars on the road. It is a great little car that is perfect for city driving, the school run, popping to the shops and all other daily needs.  The Italians really do know how to add an element of chic to a car.  The Abarth 595 is stylish, classy and so much fun to drive.

There are 6 different trims, all with interesting names!  The entry level is simply the 595, followed by Scorpioneoro, Turismo, Monster Energy Yamaha, Competizione and Esseesse.  We drove the manual Fiat 595 and my goodness it can really move when you want it to.  The exhaust noise is a throaty growl that will most certainly let people know you’re coming! 

Interior

The interior is sleek and stylish with a fun, sporty look. The 7 inch touchscreen on the dashboard is a great size for a little car and is easy to navigate around. With smartphone integration, it is also simple to access your phone’s accessories and the steering wheel buttons make it even easier.  The air con is also simple to use. Our only issue with the Abarth is the rev counter.  It is sat on top of the dashboard and almost looks like an internal camera.  In all honesty, it looks pretty ugly and is definitely something we could live without. 

The mirrors are a good size and provide ample visibility around the car. The rear window is small, as to be expected and you’ll have to pay extra if you want rear parking sensors – although we honestly don’t think you’ll need them with a car this size!

Seats & Passenger Space

Fiat have made the seats in the Abarth stylish, fun and sporty looking.  Fabric seats come as standard but if you’re after leather (a must we feel with kiddies and sticky fingers) you have a choice of 3 with prices ranging from £1,400 – £1,650. There is enough leg room in the front, but anyone over 6ft may struggle with the space! In the back, there is plenty of room for 2 large booster seats on the rear bench, where you’ll also find 2 ISOFIX points.  However, there is limited leg room for older teenagers and adults who may struggle with anything other than a short journey.  Tinted rear windows (privacy glass) are an additional feature to keep the sun’s glare out.

Cups & Cubby

There are 2 central cupholders that are located low down below the gear stick.  Whilst the position is great being further forward than most, they are on the small side. We couldn’t stand a water bottle in there.  We managed to squeeze in a coffee cup in one, but you’ll have difficulty putting a second drink in the other holder.  The glove box whilst having a plasticky feel, provides enough space for a few bits and bobs. There is even 1 cup holder in the back for the kids to fight over – joy!

Boot Space

We love the boot size in the Fiat 595!  For a small car it is fabulous and bigger than you think.  It was a welcome surprise to discover that an umbrella fold pushchair with the smaller wheels will go in easily and still leave you with room for any school bags or a few bags of shopping on top.  This is amazing considering it is one of the smallest cars on the road and beats rivals such as the Toyota Yaris and Mini Cooper S where this is not possible.  However, it is worth noting that opting for the soft top Fiat 595 means you will have to compromise on boot space.

Summary

Overall, despite the small cup holders (and the rev counter) which we could live without, we absolutely loved the Fiat Abarth 595.  It is a classic little Italian car that is perfect for everyday needs.  You can literally park it in the smallest of spaces and it has enough space for day to day family life, whilst being great fun to drive!   

Cars seats used in this review – 1 x Graco Booster Basic (width 40cm) 1 x Babystart Topo Booster (width 38cm)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

185 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

3571mm (L) x 1627mm (W) x 1485mm (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

41.5 – 53.3

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60mph in 12.9 seconds