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Abarth 500 Hatchback review

2009 - 2015 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

At a glance

Price new £14,380 - £15,680
Used prices £2,139 - £5,061
Road tax cost £190 - £255
Insurance group 26 - 27
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 362 - 370 miles
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Pros & cons

  • Distinctive looks
  • Appealing and fun high-performance small car
  • Sharp handling

Written by Simon Harris Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.