It’s hard not to like Fiat Abarth 500c, it would be like trying to kick a baby seal. So, always be glad that we have found many supermini fiery Fiat live up to expectations in terms of entertainment, even if there are also striking weakness considers the quality of ride and 500C in the case of conversion, which is acceptable but tedious manual five-speed robot that is the standard transmission and just. So this updated Abarth 500C, equipped with a manual gearbox and a softer suspension should be the best of the lot.
It’s certainly not the best Abarth. In fact, in Esseesse trim as tested here, it’s the worst. Esseesse package not only brings with it the power upgrade from 138bhp to 158bhp, will also lower the front and rear suspension, new Koni dampers and 17-inch alloys which make accidents 500C during the intrusion of most surfaces, while body control loose make it taste a touch more nervous than hatch. Perhaps worse than this is the turbo lag-spoken. Even after selecting the ‘Sport’, which would you want to do for every trip to avoid too soft throttle response is a common complaint in Abarths, dripping with power until all arrive in one torrent turbo-boost.
Buy this mbil immediately at a price. The Abarth 500c is generally a thing of great joy, but this particular combination has enough significant dynamic failings that it’s just about un-recommendable. And if that isn’t enough to sway you away from this particular Abarth, the hugely optimistic price of £20,096 (£16,856 without the Esseesse kit) surely will be.
Specifications Fiat Abarth Esseesse 500C Specifications
Price: £ 20.096; Top speed: 130mph; 0-62mph: 7.6sec; Economy: 43.5mpg; Co2: 155g/km; Kerbweight: 1040kg (est.) Engine type: 4cyl, 1368cc, turbocharged, petrol; Power: 158bhp at 5750rpm; Torque: 170lb ft at 2000rpm; Gearbox: 5-spd manual.