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Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione

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Strike with style

It is not every day you get a vehicle that is built for pure pleasure, have superior finishes and is a load of fun to drive. In the extremely competitive motor market, you get your value for money vehicles, family vehicles, racy vehicles, SUV’s, LDV’s etc. The Abarth 595 is, in my opinion, exhilarating to own and drive! It is a Fiat, but with a tweaked engine, chassis and, of course, some serious styling.

The Concept

It’s small and punchy (like a scorpion) with oodles of personality and enthusiasm and therefore would make an ideal student vehicle. The Abarth will attract the likings of the young adult who does not go anywhere without theatrics and flair as it is just as extravagant (hello, its Italian!), along with business owners seeking to be different and wanting to enjoy their ride every time they get behind the wheel of this small packet of dynamite. This out-there character we have come to love is sure to instantly steal hearts wherever it might saunter with its cheeky styling, charming persona, and exhilarating performance.

The Look

Dripping with Italian enchantment, the Abarth 595 is easy on the eye with racy embellishments such as the signature scorpion, a cheeky spoiler, stylish body kit and best of all an amazing gearbox, either in 6 speed manual or sequential robotised auto gearbox and a perky motor is definitely a bonus. The front of this petite vehicle proclaims its European hereditary with a large badge and distinctive, circular Poly-Elliptical headlights that are also enhanced with LED Daytime Running and fog lights. These said fog lights are surrounded by black detailing and mesh to further the athletic look and a cheeky set of 17-inch alloys lends a hand with this as well.

The Feel

Small but stylish- that’s the inside of the Abarth 595. An Alacantara leather steering wheel enhances the feel and touch of the authentic interior cabin. The Abarth comes with an astounding amount of standard equipment such as an on board computer, Bluetooth, air conditioner, steering wheel audio controls, electric windows, USB port and the list goes on. The seating position settings include height adjustment as well, to make sure from the tallest to the shortest person can comfortably drive this perky automobile. Furthermore, the driver can also admire a 7-inch TFT digital display as well as the engulfing sports seats, these swallowing seats is needed when you are taking this hot vehicle for a spin and barrelling it through corners.

With the Abarth being purposely build as a small vehicle, the Cabin space is restricted in the rear. The back has limited head and knee room, but this said, for short distance travelling this will suffice. The rear seats can split 50/50 for additional space if the 185-litre boot becomes a wee restricted (quite understandable) and you need 500-litres of space.

The Features

The 5-inch touchscreen Uconnect infotainment system is rather simple and straightforward to use. It has six speakers, Bluetooth Connectivity, an auxiliary input and a USB port for guaranteed enjoyment. Automatic Climate Control, electric windows and parking sensors has also been tossed into the mix to amplify the excitement behind the wheel. A small, spirited vehicle like this will certainly be put through its paces (it’s kind of what it was designed for), the Italians knew this and has equipped the 595 with an array of airbags including front driver, passenger side, driver’s knee and window airbags. For additional assistance there is also ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Slip Regulation and a hill holder.

The Drive

A 1.4-litre turbocharged engine can spit out 132kW of power and 250Nm of torque. With one of the best powers to mass ratios in the market, the 595 is very spirited and can reach 100km/h in only 6.7 seconds. Fuel consumption for this hot hatch is brilliant when driving in a reserved manner at 6.0-litre per 100km, but let’s face it- you’re not buying the 595 to save some bucks, you’re buying it to have some fun, and of that, you are guaranteed. The Abarth was tuned to be a sporty little bug and that’s why it has a firmer suspension so when you’re challenging the vehicle it will step up to the plate and deliver. This manual is engaging and enjoyable to pilot while the Torque Transfer Control works hard to make handling just as entertaining.

Where to find it

If this animated Abarth has caught your eye with its funky features and vivacious persona, visit www.fiat.co.za now to find out more about it, or hop over to our vehicle listing side to find a pre-owned one.

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler

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