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Abarth 595

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Abarth 595

(2015 – present)

    Summary


    The Abarth 595 is a performance model based on the Fiat 500 city car. It is available in either hatchback or cabriolet (Abarth 595C) body styles. The current model dates back to 2007, although it was given a substantial update in 2015.

    The current Fiat 500 will cease production in 2021 as it is replaced by an all-new model. The next-generation version will only be available as an electric vehicle, which means that the current Abarth 595 (and 695) will be the last of their kind. There has been no announcement of an Abarth version of the next Fiat 500.

    There are various versions of the Abarth 595, as well as several limited-edition models over its lifetime. These include the Abarth 595 Turismo, 595 Pista, 595 Competizione and 595 Esseesse. The higher-performance Abarth 695 is the next step up in the Abarth range, but that is covered on its own page.

    The Abarth 595 is very much a car that you would buy with your heart rather than your head, and its relatively poor overall Expert Rating of 56% reflects its obvious shortcomings as a practical vehicle and relatively high price tag. Despite that, the 595 has received much praise for being great fun to drive.

    595 highlights

    • Alluring sporty looks
    • Plenty of driver appeal
    • Punchy performance

    595 lowlights

    • Three-star safety rating
    • Alternatives are more practical
    • Rigid ride comfort

    Key specifications


    Body style: Small three-door hatch
    Engines: petrol
    Price: From £21,325 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2015
    Last updated: Spring 2022
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 3 stars
    Date tested: March 2017
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 66%
    Child protection: 49%
    Vulnerable road users: 53%
    Safety assist: 27%

    Note on safety rating
    This three-star rating is assessed on the regular Fiat 500 model range, upon which the Abarth 595 is based.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    The Abarth 595 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. It’s unlikely to happen, but if the 595 is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we’ll publish the results here.

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    Abarth 595The Abarth 595 is a car you buy with heart rather than head, with practical shortcomings and a high price, but it's great fun to drive.