As 2013 comes to a close many car experts and magazines have voiced their overwhelmingly positive opinions in their 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth reviews.
The Abarth, released last year, is a tiny, but sporty addition to the Fiat family boasting sharp handling and a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder MultiAir engine which produces a potent 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. Left Lane News called the Abarth “an absolute hoot to drive.”. Autoweek editors likened the engine to “a swarm of bees” – or in Jalopnik’s opinion, like someone “taking a chainsaw to a running Ferrari engine,” then “shooting at said Ferrari from a helicopter with a Gatling gun.” Aside from the glowing reviews of the Abarth’s engine, many noted the highly responsive suspension, although Car & Driver mentioned how the electrical assist lacked some feel.
The interior garnered a somewhat mixed response, with the Jalopnik review pointing out the cheap materials used for some of the knobs and trim. Left Lane News’ Mark Elias also mentioned a few criticisms of his own: for starters the lack of a passenger-side armrest, slightly cramped gauge cluster, and heavily bolstered front seats. The odd appearance and location of the factory-provided TomTom navigation unit didn’t escape notice, either. Jalopnik noted the Abarth cabrio has a smaller rear opening and hatch which can be troublesome for certain types of cargo. But who is buying an Abarth for it’s cargo space? The unique power soft-top allows you to transform the Abarth into a sporty open-air coupe and really hear the engine at it’s full capacity.
Nevertheless, the reviewers of the Fiat 500 Abarth all enjoyed the powerful little Italian car with scorpion badges. Is this the best car in it’s price range? The verdict is still out.