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Abarth 595C CONVERTIBLE SPECIAL EDITION 1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 70th Anniversary 2dr

Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 70th Anniversary 2dr
Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 70th Anniversary 2dr
Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 70th Anniversary 2dr
Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 70th Anniversary 2dr
Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 70th Anniversary 2dr
Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 70th Anniversary 2dr
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Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 70th Anniversary 2dr
Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 70th Anniversary 2dr
Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 70th Anniversary 2dr
Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 70th Anniversary 2dr
Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 70th Anniversary 2dr
Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 180 Essesse 70th Anniversary 2dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG41.50
  • 0-62mph6.7 secs
  • Top Speed140 mph
  • C02155 g/km
  • BHP180
  • Torque184 lbs/f
  • P11D36%

Review

There's something just so right about a beefy engine in a tiny car. The Abarth 595 models take that formula and really amp up the details. Whether you choose the standard 595, the Turismo, the Competizione, Pista or the Esseesse model, you get a 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo engine driving the front wheels in a lightweight body that spells fun with a huge F.

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The Fiat 500 shucks off its cutesy image with its purposeful Abarth 595 variants. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

The Abarth name might be a bit of a mystery to some younger buyers who won't remember it being plastered over hot Fiats of the Seventies and early Eighties. In case you were wondering, the Abarth name has been owned by Fiat since 1971, but it was originally the racing team of Karl Abarth, founded in Turin in 1949. A long and illustrious competition history lent the Scorpion badge quite some kudos and those of a certain age will go a little dewy eyed remembering cars like the Autobianchi A112 Abarth and the Fiat 131 Abarth. In later years, Fiat used the badge sparingly, although it appeared on some fairly undistinguished vehicles like the Fiat Stilo. These days, Abarth is a separate division, housed in the old Mirafiori factory. It's responsible for these Abarth 595 models, probably the best cars to wear the badge for many a year.

Driving Experience

The Abarth 595 range starts from just under £16,500 for the 145hp model, but most Abarth 595 buyers choose a 165hp version of the same 1.4-litre petrol turbo engine, this the unit fitted to 'Turismo' variants. In the great scheme of all things hot hatch, 165hp isn't a huge hill of beans. You can get hatches with more than double that power output, but as recent developments in sports car manufacture has shown, more power isn't always analogous with more fun. The next stage up lies with 'Competizione' and 'Esseese' variants which boast an uprated 180hp output. Flog the 165hp version off the line and the 1.4-litre T-Jet turbocharged petrol engine will deliver 60mph to you in a mere 7.1 seconds en route to a top speed of 127mph. In the 180hp Competizione derivative, those figures improve to 6.7s and 140mph. That should be quick enough to get your jollies, especially when peak torque is achieved at a mere 3,000rpm. Useable power in a small package? Brilliant. The engine uses an over-boost function which modulates the amount of available turbo boost and is activated by a sport button on the steering wheel. Carried over from the 500 model is Torque Transfer Control, which helps to improve the transfer of torque to the driven wheels. The car is fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard or, as we said, on some models you can choose the MTA paddle-shift gearbox.

Design and Build

It's hard to go too far wrong with a donor vehicle as pretty as the Fiat 500, but making it look convincingly mad, bad and dangerous to know is an altogether tougher task. The essential character of the car changes from something a little bit cutesy and twee to something that is decidedly malevolent in its intent. The Competizione is identified by its 17" alloys, red or yellow brake calipers, record grey paint, dark tinted rear windows and an optional opaque Abarth racing side stripe. Go for the Turismo instead and you'll get front brake discs which are cross-drilled and ventilated, while the rear discs are cross-drilled. For a more unique touch, there is the option to specify either red or yellow calipers. Over the brakes are the exclusive 17" Abarth alloy wheels featuring the scorpion detail. Available exclusively to the 595 Turismo is the Abarth special two tone paint available in Grigio Pista (Racing Grey) or Rosso Officina (Works Red). The detail continues on the outside with titanium grey finished detailing of the front and rear grilles. On all 595 derivatives, the interior is snug, with the front two well supported by sports seats, though the rear chairs are best left for bags or very small kids. The boot is a paltry 185-litres and even when you fold the rear seats and load the car to the roof, there's only a little bit more room than you'd get in the boot of a BMW 7 Series. A 7-inch 'Uconnect' centre-dash touchscreen with 'Apple CarPlay' is now standard.

Market and Model

Prices for the '595' models start at around £16,500, which gets you the base 145hp variant. There's a £2,000 premium for the cabriolet bodystyle. The 165hp 'Turismo' and 'Pista' variants start from just under £20,000 - these the models you'll need to get the option of paying around £1,300 more for MTA auto transmission. Go for the 180bhp 'Competizione' 595 model and the list price rises to around £22,000. The top 'Esseese' version have the same enine and start from just over £25,000. The 'Turismo' derivative features Alutex trim for the pedals, footrest and door kick-plates, bespoke floor mats, machined aluminium fuel and oil filler caps and dark tinted rear windows. There's also upgraded front and rear dampers, automatic climate control, leather upholstery and xenon headlights. Go for the Competizione and you also get some beautiful Sabelt seats in fabric upholstery, a Monza exhaust upgrade and anthracite finished alloys.

Cost of Ownership

While it is possible to spend well over £20,000 on these cars, especially if you opt for one with a paddle shift gearchange, you can get all the fun for a saving of more than £2,000 below that figure if you opt for the entry level 595 or 595 'Turismo' model, the versions that seem to represent the value in the range. You should find that day to day running costs won't break the bank as its 1.4-litre T-Jet powerplant is one of those modern turbocharged engines that actually returns really good fuel economy if you're not constantly making the turbo do manic hamster wheel impressions. The quoted economy figure for a manual Abarth 595 Turismo is 42.8mpg on the combined cycle and even around town it'll manage over 30mpg. Emissions are pegged at 149g/km. The manual Abarth 595 Competizione 180hp manages 41.5mpg on the combined cycle. Residual values will be good if previous hot versions of the Fiat 500 are anything to go by and reliability seems to be improving after teething troubles with early cars. Expect insurance in the Group 28 region.

Summary

Abarth has hit this nail squarely on the head. If you want the most stylish and funky warm hatch on the market, this is unquestionably it. The Abarth 595 looks great and is quick enough to entertain yet not so overblown that it brings with it massive bills. Hotter versions of the MINI come close, but Abarth has really upped the standard and offered all of those cool design cues in an even more distilled form. Of course, there will be some who sniff at the relatively modest 165 or 180bhp power outputs and claim that this car could be faster, ignoring the fact that extra power would probably ruin its delightful handling balance. Whether you choose the base version, the base 595, the Turismo, the Competizione or the Esseesse, hard top or soft top, manual or MTA paddle shift gearbox, it's hard not to find a place in your heart for a car this cheeky. You'll need to keep an eye on the price you end up paying when looking at option packs, but other than that, there's not much cause for complaint here.

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Entertainment
6 speakers
Bluetooth audio streaming
Exterior Features
Solid paint
White abarth side stripe and mirrors electric adjustable
Akrapovic exhaust
Body coloured bumpers
Dark tinted rear windows
Electric front windows
Electrically operated soft top
Front fog lights
LED daytime running lights
Rear wiper
Safety
Red brembo brake calipers
ABS
Brembo brakes
Drilled and ventilated front brake discs
Drilled rear brake discs
Driver and passenger airbags
Drivers knee airbag
ESP + ASR/MSR + HBA + Hill holder
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Window airbags
Wheels
17" White supersport alloy wheels
Fix and go kit
Driver Convenience
7" Touchscreen radio with navigation, bluetooth, USB and DAB
Apple car play/Android Auto
Dualdrive PAS
Rear parking sensors
Sports button
TFT display screen
Trip computer
U-connect access via mobile
Interior Features
12V socket
Abarth corsa front seats by sabelt in fabric
Aluminium gear knob
Auto climate control
Carbon pedals
Cloth upholstery
Fabric Abarth racing seats by Sabelt with carbon fibre
Front head restraints
Glovebox
Height adjustable steering wheel
High performance BMC air filter
Interior stowage net
Rear headrests
Sports alcantara leather multifunction steering wheel with carbon fibre detailing
Security
Alarm
Central locking
Immobiliser
Remote central locking
Technical
Koni rear suspension with FSD technology (Frequency Selective Damping)
Mechanical limited slip differential
Sports suspension
Torque transfer control (TTC)
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 155
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1368
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 72
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 84
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 5 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 41.5
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 57.7
EC Urban (mpg) 35.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 8.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 10.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 7.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb 36.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 36.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 36.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 34.9
WLTP - MPG - High 44.1
WLTP - MPG - Low 26.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium 39.8
General
Badge Engine CC 1.4
Badge Power 180
Coin Description T-Jet 180
Coin Series Essesse 70th Anni
Generation Mark 1
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 9000
Special Edition Yes
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 72000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 6.7
Engine Power - BHP 180
Engine Power - KW 132
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 184
Engine Torque - MKG 25.5
Engine Torque - NM 250
Engine Torque - RPM 3000
Top Speed 140
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 205/40 R17
Tyre Size Rear 205/40 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1485
Length 3660
Wheelbase 2300
Width 1627
Width (including mirrors) 1893
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 35
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 550
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 185
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 400
Minimum Kerbweight 1090
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.6

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £437.69 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £444.84 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £448.53 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £465.78 p/m Call Us
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £478.94 p/m £50.04 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £492.21 p/m £67.58 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £502.97 p/m £83.82 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £362.20 p/m £15.30 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £349.22 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £350.16 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £366.28 p/m Call Us
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £382.38 p/m Call Us
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £393.03 p/m Call Us
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £419.99 p/m £106.10 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £313.79 p/m £22.45 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £303.17 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £306.79 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £320.98 p/m Call Us
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £334.77 p/m Call Us
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £342.26 p/m Call Us
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £365.35 p/m £117.61 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £525.23 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £533.81 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £652.00 p/m £15.06 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £663.52 p/m £32.67 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £574.73 p/m £60.04 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £590.65 p/m £81.10 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £603.56 p/m £100.58 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £434.63 p/m £18.36 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £524.93 p/m £21.14 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £529.12 p/m £25.12 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £537.38 p/m £43.52 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £543.66 p/m £84.75 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £548.89 p/m £94.88 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £503.99 p/m £127.32 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £376.55 p/m £26.94 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £446.40 p/m £27.60 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £450.44 p/m £33.17 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £458.80 p/m £67.43 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £464.93 p/m £85.81 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £469.86 p/m £103.31 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £438.42 p/m £141.14 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Dusk and rain sensors £150.00
Entertainment
Hifi by beats audio system £350.00
Exterior Features
Bi-Xenon headlights £675.00
Black abarth side stripe and mirrors electric adjustable FOC
Black roof £250.00
Black Roof with standard colour £300.00
Electrochromatic rear view mirror £125.00
Matt paint £750.00
Metallic paint £550.00
Red abarth side stripe and mirrors electric adjustable FOC
Special solid paint £350.00
Tri coat paint £750.00
Wind stop £175.00
Interior Features
Smoking kit £55.00
Packs
Pack Brembo Black 595/595C £325.00
Pack Carbon 595/595C £1,750.00
Paintwork
Matt - Asphalt Grey £750.00
Metallic - Record grey £550.00
Metallic - Scorpione Black £550.00
Solid - Circuit grey FOC
Special solid - Abarth red £350.00
Special solid - Campovolo grey £350.00
Special solid - Gara white £350.00
Tri-coat - Ghiaccio white £750.00
Safety
Black brembo brake calipers £175.00
Grey brembo brake calipers £175.00
Red seat belts £150.00
Yellow brembo brake calipers £175.00
Trim
Carbon dash trim £750.00
Cloth - Carbon fibre FOC
Wheels
17" Super sport matt black alloy wheels FOC
* option prices shown are estimated