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Abarth 595

(2015 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

42
%
E

Used car score:

53
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

49
%
E

Safety Rating:

22
%
E

Eco Rating:

60
%
B

Reliability Rating:

88
%
A

Running Costs:

51
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

42
%
E

Used car score:

53
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

49
%
E

Safety Rating:

22
%
E

Eco Rating:

60
%
B

Reliability Rating:

88
%
A

Running Costs:

51
%
D

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 petrol versions of the Abarth 500 (the 595 and 695) are very different to the all-new Abarth 500e electric model. The 500e is a completely different vehicle, which means that the current Abarth 595 (and 695) will be the last of their kind.

The petrol Abarth models are continuing in production alongside the new electric 500e, but this is inevitably going to end at some point. As of January 2024, we have no indication of when that end will come.

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 poor overall Expert Rating score of E (just 42%) 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
End of production: 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


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Abarth 595 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. It’s unlikely to ever happen, given that the 595 is now a very old car and a niche model at best, but if it does put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme then we’ll publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

As of January 2024, the Fiat 500 family (which includes the Abarth 595) has an excellent reliability score of 76%, according to reliability data provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

Gearbox repairs are notably more expensive than other areas for the 595, so make sure any used car warranty you purchase covers it.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models156 g/kmB153 – 171 g/kmB – C
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models21A13 – 50A – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£196A
Year 2£527B
Year 3£859B
Year 4£1,074B
Year 5£1,456B
Overall£4,112B

The Abarth 595 has very affordable running costs, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The hatchback’s insurance premiums are low when compared to the rest of the market, and its servicing and maintenance costs are excellent over the course of five years of ownership.

We don’t have direct fuel consumption data at the moment, which drags down the 595’s running cost score.

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More news, reviews and information about the Abarth 595 at The Car Expert

Abarth tweaks hot hatch ranges for 2022

Abarth tweaks hot hatch ranges for 2022

Abarth reveals two new 595 special editions

Abarth reveals two new 595 special editions

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Abarth 595 Esseesse test drive

Abarth 595 Pista revealed

Abarth 595 Pista revealed

Abarth 595 gains updates and new sound

Abarth 595 gains updates and new sound

New Abarth 595 prices announced

New Abarth 595 prices announced

Potent Abarth 595 gets more power

Potent Abarth 595 gets more power

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Abarth launches new line-up with the supercars

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