Abarth 595 Competizione in the test: that’s how good the sporty Fiat 500 is

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Red Devil: WELT author Boris Pofalla with the Abarth 595 Competizione

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The Abarth 595 Competizione, the sporty version of the cute Fiat 500, has something animalistic about it. The little red racing tomato also ensures that the driver pays attention to his figure.

F.ord Fiesta, Opel Corsa, Smart, VW Polo, Fiat 500 – with cars of this type you can certainly park really well. But otherwise? Small car are ideal for people who love understatement, who don’t need much space or who simply don’t have the money for a bigger car, I always thought; nothing to dream of at night.

Small cars are memorials to reason. It fits into the picture that it is the Smart soon only as an electric car will give, the fast top model from Brabus is no longer sold.

Fiat, the parent company of Ferrari, has opted for a different path with the sporty versions of its Fiat 500, and it is paved with tire wear and juicy fuel receipts. The brave little one is transformed by the company’s own sports department, Abarth, into something that initially looks quite similar to a sensible city car, apart from a few details.

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Sportiness in the interior: the Abarth scorpion is depicted on the steering wheel instead of the Fiat lettering

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On the sides it proudly wears the Abarth badge, which has been a racing symbol since 1949, but even with a sports suspension and limited-slip differential, the 595 Competizione is basically still a – albeit very faster – small car.

That’s how I thought until I left it on. When the engine is started, the test car causes a kind of dissociative disorder, like holding a kitten that is roaring like a hungry lion. The top model of the series (there are two slightly weaker versions) weighs only one ton, but has a turbo-charged 180 hp and no less than four tailpipes, from which it splatters, hums and grumbles – you become a sound poet if you stand by. Anyone who often comes home late at night with a bullet should have a resilient relationship with their neighbors – or live in a neighborhood where a loud motor is a status symbol.

No heated seats, but a great system

With the fastest and most powerful Abarth 595 you can be seen or heard on the boulevards of Neukolln; Parking in the underground car park is acoustically reminiscent of the agony of two predators. These are the animalistic sides of the Abarth 595. But it also has gentle ones. Getting in and out of the car, for example, is pretty easy for such a sporty car.

To get to the back seat, you pull on a fiery red switch labeled "Pull". It protrudes from a carbon cladding and looks like you can use it to trigger an ejection seat. The optional red seat belts and the stylized scorpion on the red rotary knob with which you can adjust the backrest are also nice details of this miniature sports car, which costs at least 25,690 euros.

The sports steering wheel with Alcantara and carbon elements sits comfortably in the hand, and the gears are precise and fast. The aluminum gear knob, however, gets so cold overnight that it is better to put in gloves. Heated seats wouldn’t be bad either, but hey, that’s an Italian car.

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This bullet changes the way the driver thinks

That’s what the Beats-by-Dre system has for that a lot of oomph and the media control and your own phone understand each other straight away. Only the navigation device persistently returns to the preset size scale, changing it again and again, costs attention and time; it’s frustrating.

Otherwise there is little to complain about in the cockpit. The touchscreen is fairly self-explanatory; a mass market was clearly thought of in a positive sense. And even if the body is lower than that of the Fiat 500, the Abarth is a decidedly everyday vehicle with an acceptable trunk of 185 liters, with the rear seat folded down it is as much as 610 liters. Some modern aids such as a lane departure warning system or a blind spot warning system are missing, but those who drive the 595 as a fun car or as a mini sports car suitable for the city will probably have different needs.

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Who the red "Pull"-Lever pulls, does not trigger the ejection seat, but folds the front seat over and gets to the back seat

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The absolute favorite instrument is the analog boost pressure display to the left of the speedometer. If you accelerate, the needle whizzes from zero to two bar in a flash and the 1.4-liter four-cylinder is ventilated by the Garrett turbocharger.

At first it sounds like an open balcony door, such a gentle whisper over the pithy engine noise, but in this heavenly whiz there is a hard gripping force that accelerates the little racing tomato to 100 in 6.7 seconds and, if necessary, up to 225 km / h drives. This means that the Abarth runs in orbit with six-cylinder station wagons and large-caliber service limousines, far out in the fast lane of German motorways.

The 595 Competizione is not a souped-up calf bite

In order for the car with the scorpion on the bonnet to become really poisonous, you should definitely press the switch labeled "Sport". This has the following effect: The boost pressure of the turbo increases, the car depends more directly on the gas and the sports exhaust system opens its flaps. The digital display in the cockpit is also transformed, a crosshair appears on a red background and shows in which direction and how strong the centrifugal forces are acting – as if it weren’t for your own bottom.

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Boris Pofalla tests the Abarth 595 Competizione

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So that’s the way to go. Curves are fun, acceleration is even more fun. The question that remains is whether you really want to shoot from Berlin to Munich or from Cologne to Paris in this 3.57-meter-long ball lightning, especially since the 40 liters of Super that fit in the tank are gone pretty quickly when driving fast. The car consumes an average of six liters, but with a sporty driving style it can be significantly more.

So you can race if you want. But the 595 Competizione is not a souped-up calf bite with a tail tattoo, as you know it from your childhood in the village. It is an athletic, very compact, state-of-the-art car.

In any case, the Brembo braking system grips hard where it has to be, and the Sabel racing seats nestle against the driver’s hips. With their pronounced tightness, they encourage them to eat more consciously and exercise a lot – the health insurances should actually pay something for this daily weight check.

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The Abarth 595 Competizione is a kitten that roars like a lion

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13 thoughts on “Abarth 595 Competizione in the test: that’s how good the sporty Fiat 500 is”

  1. Quote: "Anyone who often comes home late at night with a bullet should have a resilient relationship with their neighbors – or live in a neighborhood where a loud motor is a status symbol."
    Well to the point. In fact, our neighbor, right across the street, has such a 500 Abarth. Much smaller, but by far louder and more intrusive than all other cars that are otherwise in the residential area. Incidentally, also more intrusive than most motorcycle engines.
    I am definitely not a prohibition apostle, and I can well imagine that the car is fun; as already described. But (especially on the occasion of other, narrowest EU regulations): How a car engine / exhaust system with such noise behavior in the EU or D gets a general operating permit is a mystery to me.

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  2. I had it as a workshop rental vehicle for three days and during this time I moved it appropriately.
    The average consumption is then 11 liters.

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  3. I had it as a workshop rental vehicle for three days and during this time I moved it appropriately.
    The average consumption is then 11 liters.

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  4. I had it as a workshop rental vehicle for three days and during this time I moved it appropriately.
    The average consumption is then 11 liters.

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  5. An absolute fun mobile!
    There is hardly a car that is so much fun on country roads and with which you can get closer to the famous “go-kart feeling”. Especially not in this price range.
    The only disadvantage: Unfortunately, the chassis is so hard that longer stretches become a pain for your back.

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  6. An absolute fun mobile!
    There is hardly a car that is so much fun on country roads and with which you can get closer to the famous “go-kart feeling”. Especially not in this price range.
    The only disadvantage: Unfortunately, the chassis is so hard that longer stretches become a pain for your back.

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  7. An absolute fun mobile!
    There is hardly a car that is so much fun on country roads and with which you can get closer to the famous “go-kart feeling”. Especially not in this price range.
    The only disadvantage: Unfortunately, the chassis is so hard that longer stretches become a pain for your back.

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  8. How nice that these little poisonous dwarfs still exist. Up! and Polo GTI, Fiesta RS, the Abarth – cars to have fun. Not perfect, but good mood maker. However, the Abarth is really too loud, cheeky, so to speak … Annoying in the long run in the interior too.

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  9. Among other things, I drive a completely underrated little poison dwarf, a Kia Soul Turbo with 204 hp and even cheaper in full equipment. It’s not so rowdy and doesn’t need a loud exhaust system.

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  10. "The aluminum gear knob, however, gets so cold overnight that it is better to put in gloves. "
    Take a look under the trunk floor, there should at least be a leather knob on the Competizione that you can change if the aluminum knob is too hot or too cold.
    Nice report on a great car.

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  11. We recently had such a cute Fiat 500 with a roll top as a rental car on our Amalfi vacation and were thrilled. The right car at the right time and place. An Abarth 595 would be too riotous for me, both optically and acoustically

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