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Abarth Punto Evo Hatchback review

2010 - 2013 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £16,717 - £17,665
Used prices £2,187 - £5,290
Road tax cost £200
Insurance group 28 - 32
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 426 - 455 miles
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Available fuel types


Pros & cons


Good value performance, excellent handling, more practical than some competitors


Limited dealer network, cramped rear, some competitors offer better performance for similar cost

Written by Chris Ebbs Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


The world of hot hatches is a pretty busy one. Volkswagen, Renault, Peugeot, Skoda, SEAT, Audi, BMW, Citroen and MINI are all jostling for position in this crowded marketplace. As such Abarth, Fiat’s performance brand, has a lot of work to do with its new Punto Evo to get its share of customers. While other hot hatches might out-do the Punto Evo when it comes to pure performance, the Abarth is the more practical, less-hardcore alternative and is not so arduous when it comes to day-to-day driving.

It’s no slouch though, and the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine is more than lively enough, while the handling is sharp. To push Abarth’s case even more, the 165bhp Punto Evo is available in the hotter Esseesse guise with an improved power output of 180bhp.