Used Abarth 500 (2009 - 2015) Review

Review by Simon Harris on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
4.5
The 500 has been a big success for Fiat, so a fiery version of the model from Abarth - a separate high-performance brand within Fiat - is no surprise. Wearing the distinctive scorpion badges, the Abarth 500 has been significantly re-engineered and is only available through the small network of Abarth dealerships.

Abarth 500 (09-15)
  • Distinctive looks
  • Appealing and fun high-performance small car
  • Sharp handling

New price range:

£14,510 - £15,810

Used price range:

£3,001 - £7,112

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

The 500 has been a big success for Fiat, so a fiery version of the model from Abarth - a separate high-performance brand within Fiat - is no surprise. Wearing the distinctive scorpion badges, the Abarth 500 has been significantly re-engineered and is only available through the small network of Abarth dealerships. Thanks to a peppy turbocharged 1.4-litre engine, it performs as well as the striking looks suggest. Sharp steering and minimal roll in corners make it hugely fun to drive too. For those who want even more performance, there's an Esseesse version which increases engine power and adds stiffer suspension and better brakes.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying used

2.5 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 The boot is surprisingly large for such a small city car, and certainly beats my previous second-generation MINI Cooper S, easily swallowing up a weekly shop. Don't expect much in the way of rear seat...  

5 out of 5

Shaun Riordan ,   24 Nov 2014    ... read more

 I doubt anyone buys an Abarth 500 with an eye on practicality! Having said that, it is, of course, economical (nothing like as much as Fiat would have you believe-never believe manufacturers anyway!)...  

5 out of 5

Nick Davies ,   09 Sep 2014    ... read more

 Relatively good fuel efficiency for a hot hatch and its small footprint makes it easy to nip around busy roads.  

5 out of 5

Tobias Russell ,   27 Aug 2013    ... read more

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