4.5 out of 5 4.5
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
Abarth 500 (09-15) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £14,510 - £15,810
Used price £3,130 - £7,435
Used monthly cost £78 - £186
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £145 - £200
Insurance group 26 - 27 How much is it to insure?

PROS

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

CONS

Abarth 500 rivals

Written by Simon Harris on

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.

Abarth 500 rivals