Abarth 595 in Chippenham Wiltshire
As the entry point to Abarth 595 ownership, the 595 has a point to make. Everything about it oozes driving passion, from the 145hp, 206Nm 1.4 T-JET engine to the dual-tip stainless steel exhaust and chunky rear diffuser. An aerodynamic body and lowered sports suspension hint at the performance potential, while a sporty cockpit with sports seats and a colour-coded dashboard provided a sense of occasion.
With a 0-62mph time of 7.8 seconds and 206Nm of torque, you’d be right in thinking the Abarth 595 is seriously rapid. It feels faster than the figures suggest, with the loud exhaust and low centre of gravity delivering sheer fun. The 7” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is easy to use, and the Cool Performance pack includes Xenon headlights and leather upholstery in black, brown or tobacco.
There’s no other car like the Abarth 595. It rides on 16” performance alloy wheels with a lowered sports suspension for an aggressive stance. The sporty body kit and sports seats give it bags of character.
The Abarth 595 gets the Abarth dual exhaust which howls, barks and burbles like no other. The stainless steel tips add a little bling to rear end, which is finished off with a deep rear bumper and a chunky rear diffuser.
Living with It
The 0-62mph time of 7.8 seconds feels faster than the figures suggest, with punchy in-gear acceleration thanks to 205Nm of torque from 3,000rpm. The engine has start-stop technology to improve fuel economy in traffic.
The Abarth 595 is setup to corner beautifully, with a low centre of gravity, telescopic shocks with FSD valve (Frequency Selective Damping) technology and premium tyres. It’s a riot to chuck around a B-road!