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Title: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: AlexK on October 21, 2008, 11:15:49 am
Looking for a decent 500 Abarth review?

Abarth 595 Turismo, 595 Competizione Review (http://www.testdriven.co.uk/abarth-595-turismo-595-competizione-review/)

Abarth 500 review (http://www.testdriven.co.uk/abarth-500-review/)
Car Magazine (http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/Drives/Search-Results/First-drives/Fiat-500-Abarth-CAR-review/)
The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/main.jhtml?xml=/motoring/2008/08/02/nosplit/mffiat105.xml)
The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/motoring/road-tests/fiat-500-abarth-899489.html)
The Times (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/driving/new_car_reviews/article4315936.ece)
Top Gear (http://www.topgear.com/content/features/stories/2008/06/stories/12/1.html)
Drivers Republic  (http://viewer.zmags.com/showmag.php?mid=hwpww&preview=1&_x=1#/page2/)
Drivers Republic - video (http://www.drivers-republic.com/dr_tv/index.cfm?videoid=ffa4c3d68dfa4a5f94a311e4790477f0&area=videos)
Auto Express (http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/carreviews/firstdrives/234006/fiat_500_abarth_esseesse.html)
Auto Trader (http://www.autotrader.co.uk/EDITORIAL/CARS/FEATURES/abarth_500_car_review.html)
Honest John (http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road_tests/?id=370)
Whatcar (http://www.whatcar.com/news-special-report.aspx?NA=238110)
Fifth Gear (http://fifthgear.five.tv/jsp/5gmain.jsp?mnk=221&featureid=1319&description=Abarth+500+)
Classic Driver (http://www.classicdriver.com/uk/magazine/3600.asp?id=14076)
MSN Cars (http://cars.uk.msn.com/Research/article.aspx?cp-documentid=14253002)
Carkeys (http://www.carkeys.co.uk/launches/fiat/16086.asp)
Car Enthusiast (http://www.carenthusiast.com/reviews/article/3329/-/2009-Fiat-500+Abarth/First+drive.html)
4Car (http://www.channel4.com/4car/rt/fiat/500/28480/2)
Press and Journal (http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1095626)
Road test Reports (http://www.roadtestreports.co.uk/full-road-test-report/Fiat/500/Abarth_1.4_Turbo_Esseesse/)
Financial Times (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7ebcba22-0ab7-11de-95ed-0000779fd2ac.html)
 Autoexpress Group test (http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/carreviews/grouptests/234322/living_up_to_the_legend.html/)
IMOTOR (http://www.imotormag.co.uk/testdrives/204255/abarth_500_review.html)
IMOTOR Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1AgWFVEtFo)
Edmunds Inside Line (http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FirstDrives/articleId=143327#13)
Wallpaper (http://www.wallpaper.com/cars/abarth-500/3165)
Driver Republic Group Test (http://magazines.drivers-republic.com/driversrepublic/pocketmonsters043/?fm=2)
EVO 500 esseesse VS Mini Cooper S (http://www.evo.co.uk/carreviews/cargrouptests/234172/abarth_500_esseesse_v_mini_cooper_s.html)
Times Online (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/driving/new_car_reviews/article6030823.ece?token=null&offset=0&page=1)
AutoCar 500 Esseesse (http://www.autocar.co.uk/CarReviews/RoadTestsHistory/Fiat-500-1.4-T-Jet-Abarth-Esseesse/239009/)

Abarth Press Release Thread (https://www.abarthforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,574.msg8327.html#msg8327)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: olopboy on March 04, 2009, 01:16:48 pm
Evo magazine this month has the 500 Esseesse Vs the Mini Cooper S

Discussion thread is here: https://www.abarthforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,695.0.html (https://www.abarthforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,695.0.html)

The article is available online now, link is in the main group.

-Most of these reviews are becoming the copy and paste style or the press release. Please only paste up a link if its something genuinely different, we've go a fair few there to be going on with.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: AndyW on March 19, 2009, 08:08:28 pm
This months (April issue) Performance Car has a short review of the 500.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: AndyW on March 20, 2009, 06:16:17 pm
Oh and a heads up, Autocar has a full road test in next weeks issue, which might be of interest.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: AlexK on March 25, 2009, 10:06:16 am
AutoCar 500 esseesse road test:
http://www.autocar.co.uk/CarReviews/RoadTestsHistory/Fiat-500-1.4-T-Jet-Abarth-Esseesse/239009/
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: richbrowne on March 25, 2009, 12:29:40 pm
AutoCar 500 esseesse road test:
http://www.autocar.co.uk/CarReviews/RoadTestsHistory/Fiat-500-1.4-T-Jet-Abarth-Esseesse/239009/
Great, thanks Alex. I have quite a collection of mags reviewing the A500 now :o ;D
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Chinchillabug on March 25, 2009, 10:59:26 pm
Hmmm  thats odd 3.5 stars out of 5 on the Autocar website review when their magazine road test is a 4 out of 5 ??? EsseEsse beats the Mini Cooper S in the mag which scores a 3.5 ;D EsseEsse comes 3rd in their Top Five with the Clio Cup 1st, Fiesta Zetec S 2nd, Cooper S 4th and Mito 1.4 TB Veloce 5th. The Fiesta is an odd one to throw into the mix considering it has 118bhp, the others all have over 150.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: kradcliffe on March 26, 2009, 03:08:22 pm
I always take these magazine reviews with a shovel full of salt. As impartial as these reviewers try to be, I still feel their personal opinion gets in the way and the are often not logical in their methods of evaluation., especially since they have included the Fiesta because they love it rather than the fact it fits in to the review.

The British motoring press has a love of German cars that overrides everything else, and that usually ends up being translated in to "Mini is better", although the new Fiesta is getting all the love at the moment even though there's no power version yet.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: richbrowne on March 26, 2009, 03:48:17 pm
The British motoring press has a love of German cars that overrides everything else, and that usually ends up being translated in to "Mini is better", although the new Fiesta is getting all the love at the moment even though there's no power version yet.
...apart from Clarkson with his hate, hate relationship with the 911!  >:( But that's another story.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Blueey on March 28, 2009, 05:59:01 pm
This weeks Autocar has a comprehensive road test on the A500 if anyones interested.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: richbrowne on March 28, 2009, 06:01:10 pm
Thanks Blueey :thumb:
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Missing in Action on April 02, 2009, 12:47:03 pm
I always take these magazine reviews with a shovel full of salt. As impartial as these reviewers try to be, I still feel their personal opinion gets in the way and the are often not logical in their methods of evaluation., especially since they have included the Fiesta because they love it rather than the fact it fits in to the review.

The British motoring press has a love of German cars that overrides everything else, and that usually ends up being translated in to "Mini is better", although the new Fiesta is getting all the love at the moment even though there's no power version yet.

i was going to say.... they seem to kiss fords arse as well!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: wampa on April 02, 2009, 12:51:46 pm
I always take these magazine reviews with a shovel full of salt. As impartial as these reviewers try to be, I still feel their personal opinion gets in the way and the are often not logical in their methods of evaluation., especially since they have included the Fiesta because they love it rather than the fact it fits in to the review.

The British motoring press has a love of German cars that overrides everything else, and that usually ends up being translated in to "Mini is better", although the new Fiesta is getting all the love at the moment even though there's no power version yet.

i was going to say.... they seem to kiss fords arse as well!

I would agree with this, they seem to all love giving the Fiesta the pedestal treatment, looking for any way they uprate it over anything else, I am sure I actually watched a Fifth Gear once when they said that becasue it was a Ford they were giving it the thumbs up! I am sure I am not imagining that.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: simer on April 02, 2009, 01:43:36 pm
This weeks Autocar has a comprehensive road test on the A500 if anyones interested.

.... & next weeks has a twin test of the (regular I think) A500 against the Twingo.

Interested to see if they have proper 0-60 etc test data rather than the oft quoted "manufacturers figures".
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: LMP72K on April 06, 2009, 10:26:04 pm
I found this on the Times Online Today...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/driving/new_car_reviews/article6030823.ece?token=null&offset=0&page=1 (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/driving/new_car_reviews/article6030823.ece?token=null&offset=0&page=1)

 :thumb:
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: wampa on April 18, 2009, 09:28:18 pm
There is a really good review in Auto italia this month issue 156.
Interesting comments on the seats and why they are the way they are (design) stuff that I didnt know about.
They seem to be mpressed, though less impressed with the add-on cost for the esseesse kit, I got the impression they didnt think it worth the money. Anyway it is worth a look.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Joe on April 26, 2009, 01:48:21 pm
Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1172550/The-Abarth-500-Esseesse-Fiats-pocket-rocket-double-accelerating-power.html)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: olopboy on May 05, 2009, 07:33:44 pm
A new one in this months Evo, old vs new, A500 ss Vs 205 GTI. Not surprisingly despite the 500 being quicker the 205 is rated the much better car. In fact the 500 generally gets bashed throughout the review and looks like they lost it mid corner as well  :-X

Another thumbs down from Evo.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: iain500 on May 05, 2009, 08:04:45 pm
Very short (small column) review of the esseesse 500 in this months issue of Car. They complain that the stiffer springs ruin the ride on UK roads and suggest that the price of the kit takes the car to MINI Cooper S territory where it can't compete. They suggest sticking with the standard car and asking Abarth to bury the SS kit in the crate it comes in which seems a tad harsh.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Hozepipe on May 05, 2009, 08:30:14 pm
Very short (small column) review of the esseesse 500 in this months issue of Car. They complain that the stiffer springs ruin the ride on UK roads and suggest that the price of the kit takes the car to MINI Cooper S territory where it can't compete. They suggest sticking with the standard car and asking Abarth to bury the SS kit in the crate it comes in which seems a tad harsh.

Can't compete. What a joke. I'm not dissing the Mini but would anyone who bought an A500SS buy one? From the feedback from our happy band I would say the competition is more akin to a Cockster or an Elise.

Dropping this sort of meaningless analysis is one of the reasons behind the success of Clarkeson et al. However, I suppose these 'journalists' have to earn a living.

They know the price of everything but the value of nothing. ::)

PS I've driven a 205 1.9 GTI and the experience left me feeling slightly ambivalent - Sorry.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: DraigFlag on May 05, 2009, 08:38:15 pm
If you ask me, most other similar cars lack one thing - character. Italian cars always have character, i know it's cliche thing to say, and Top Gear will agree, but you can't help but use words like passion, soul, character etc when comparing Italian cars. Most other cars lack this kind or spirit, how many smiles do you think you would raise if you told people you drive an Audi A3?  :( or a BMW 1 series?  :( But Abarth 500?  ;D Anybody else agree?
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: lloyd on May 05, 2009, 08:42:28 pm
i think everyone else agrees
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: iain500 on May 05, 2009, 08:59:07 pm

Can't compete. What a joke. I'm not dissing the Mini but would anyone who bought an A500SS buy one? From the feedback from our happy band I would say the competition is more akin to a Cockster or an Elise.......


A tad optimistic there I think ;D  An A500SS couldn't hope to keep pace with either of those cars  ;) To be fair the MINI Cooper S has a better sorted chassis and more power than the A500SS - hardly surprising considering the difference in development budgets between the two cars. The MINI was a ground up new model by BMW developed at huge cost whilst the 500 is basically a reskinned Panda designed to encroach into the MINI's sales territory. I'd still take the Abarth as it does have more character and is cheaper by far when equipped to comparable levels. The MINI really is in a quality bracket above the 500 and it shows when you drive one so purchase price really is the ace up the Abarth's sleeve which is what Car were effectively saying I believe.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: DraigFlag on May 05, 2009, 09:08:08 pm

Can't compete. What a joke. I'm not dissing the Mini but would anyone who bought an A500SS buy one? From the feedback from our happy band I would say the competition is more akin to a Cockster or an Elise.......

The MINI really is in a quality bracket above the 500 and it shows when you drive one so purchase price really is the ace up the Abarth's sleeve which is what Car were effectively saying I believe.
So they're telling us that the BMW Mini is better built and more expensive....didn't we already know that? Are they expecting Fiat to suddenly start building Rolls Royce finished cars? Didn't they take into consideration that not all of us want to cut hair and sell houses and be as common as ford focus drivers? The Abarth is worth more in terms of exclusivity imo. The days of people pointing, waving, smiling at the Mini are over, but are only just beginning for the A500!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: george38 on May 05, 2009, 09:12:50 pm
yea im with that - i do agree (after test driving the cooper s) that the mini wins out on steering precision and outright power - but it loses out on price - and more importantly, the exclusivity angle.

feels great driving something thats just different to, well, the mini! :)

Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Hozepipe on May 05, 2009, 09:26:37 pm

Can't compete. What a joke. I'm not dissing the Mini but would anyone who bought an A500SS buy one? From the feedback from our happy band I would say the competition is more akin to a Cockster or an Elise.......


A tad optimistic there I think ;D  An A500SS couldn't hope to keep pace with either of those cars  ;) To be fair the MINI Cooper S has a better sorted chassis and more power than the A500SS - hardly surprising considering the difference in development budgets between the two cars. The MINI was a ground up new model by BMW developed at huge cost whilst the 500 is basically a reskinned Panda designed to encroach into the MINI's sales territory. I'd still take the Abarth as it does have more character and is cheaper by far when equipped to comparable levels. The MINI really is in a quality bracket above the 500 and it shows when you drive one so purchase price really is the ace up the Abarth's sleeve which is what Car were effectively saying I believe.

I'm not referring to pace/quality of engineering, etc, etc.... I'm referring to desirability. You wouldn't catch me driving a bloody Mini. :thumbd:

If I'd have wanted the perfect driving experience, I'd have traded up to a GT3.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: scuderia sitar on May 06, 2009, 07:30:08 am
Cooper S has more engine power, but the power/weight ratio is lower.
I had a Mini Cooper for 7 years and seriously considered trading to a Cooper S.
Here I am with an A500SS.
It's well thought out, well put together, looks fantastic and a bundle of fun.  Who cares if it's not perfectly built.  It really doesn't matter.  Love it !
No regrets whatsoever on not getting a Cooper S, even though it's a fantastic car in its own right.  There are far too many Minis on the road now.
Even if I hadn't had the Cooper for 7 years, I still would have gone for the Abarth.  Just look at it....... ;)it's so cute!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Hozepipe on May 06, 2009, 09:16:12 am
Thinking about this 'comparisson' issue again, it raises an interesting point. Why is it that despite being similar in many respects; ralley derived, mass market/peoples car origins etc, the Mini Cooper (S) and the Abarth 500 (SS) largely appeal to a completely different demographic?

From what I've picked up from this site and from the dealers, the A500 is being bought by customers with experience/love of drivers cars, on the whole early middle aged and almost exclusively male - where are you girls? ???

Personal experience would suggest that Mini Cooper (S)'s are largely purchased by young women or metrosexuals.

Very perplexing....especially the male/female thing. I would have expected such a 'cute' car to have a significant proportion of female owners. Has anybody seen or heard of a female A500 (SS) owner?
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: scuderia sitar on May 06, 2009, 10:18:26 am
There was a car at SG Petch waiting for a female owner to collect.
That's the first one I've heard of.
My wife loves driving mine and would probably have one too if we didn't need a practical car we could shove loads of stuff in (Berlingo).
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: wampa on May 06, 2009, 10:30:59 am
There was a car at SG Petch waiting for a female owner to collect.
That's the first one I've heard of.
My wife loves driving mine and would probably have one too if we didn't need a practical car we could shove loads of stuff in (Berlingo).

Doesn't David Yu's car actually belong to his wife too! That could be two.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: AlexK on May 06, 2009, 10:56:13 am
Yup, and there are others (https://www.abarthforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,619.msg10579.html#msg10579).
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Hozepipe on May 06, 2009, 04:47:31 pm
There was a car at SG Petch waiting for a female owner to collect.
That's the first one I've heard of.
My wife loves driving mine and would probably have one too if we didn't need a practical car we could shove loads of stuff in (Berlingo).

Doesn't David Yu's car actually belong to his wife too! That could be two.

Yes, I met her!!!  :-[

So that's three definites; SG Perch woman, Mrs Yu and Proud Wendy!

Let's hear it for the girls.... :wave:
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: wampa on May 06, 2009, 05:07:21 pm
There was a car at SG Petch waiting for a female owner to collect.
That's the first one I've heard of.
My wife loves driving mine and would probably have one too if we didn't need a practical car we could shove loads of stuff in (Berlingo).

Doesn't David Yu's car actually belong to his wife too! That could be two.

Yes, I met her!!!  :-[

So that's three definites; SG Perch woman, Mrs Yu and Proud Wendy!

Let's hear it for the girls.... :wave:

Hurrah !!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Joe on May 07, 2009, 01:39:57 pm
http://www.newcarnet.co.uk/Fiat_Abarth%20500_shedrives.html?id=1478&pt=1
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: olopboy on May 07, 2009, 01:58:54 pm
Amazing how that review was test driven the same day as the rest but have to say that's probably the best review done barring HJs.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Joe on May 09, 2009, 11:00:35 am
http://www.getwokingham.co.uk/motoring/s/2050420_fiat_500_gets_go_faster_stripes (http://www.getwokingham.co.uk/motoring/s/2050420_fiat_500_gets_go_faster_stripes)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: george38 on May 09, 2009, 11:04:44 am
http://www.getwokingham.co.uk/motoring/s/2050420_fiat_500_gets_go_faster_stripes (http://www.getwokingham.co.uk/motoring/s/2050420_fiat_500_gets_go_faster_stripes)

agree with their comment on closing the boot - it does feel a bit 'half closed' when you do so, and not at all sturdy!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Joe on May 09, 2009, 12:04:53 pm
Not sure if this is in English of French (no speakers at work)  :-X

Anyway... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qqiMP5q4fc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qqiMP5q4fc)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Alex_gregory_uk on May 09, 2009, 12:10:38 pm
In english. Nothing to exciting in it, but he states the suspension is to hard.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Joe on May 09, 2009, 12:18:29 pm
In english. Nothing to exciting in it, but he states the suspension is to hard.

 :thumb:


Some more lyrical waxing from the Top Gear squad... http://www.topgear.com/uk/fiat/500-abarth (http://www.topgear.com/uk/fiat/500-abarth)

I like the TG Tip at the end  ;D
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Joe on May 09, 2009, 11:49:18 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiIrom3wnRg

Just seen this on YouTube but I've never seen it on tv. It's obvs 5th Gear but...  ???
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Sawbomartin on May 16, 2009, 11:04:35 am
Topgear Magazine, June, out today has 8 page "Hot Hatch Shoot-out" called "Who needs a 911".
Golf GTI, Mini JCW, Focus RS, A500 SS.
Not much about the 500 but a good read.
I won't ruin it for you suffice to say that pound for pound the A500 stands up very well.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: wampa on May 16, 2009, 11:20:56 am
Topgear Magazine, June, out today has 8 page "Hot Hatch Shoot-out" called "Who needs a 911".
Golf GTI, Mini JCW, Focus RS, A500 SS.
Not much about the 500 but a good read.
I won't ruin it for you suffice to say that pound for pound the A500 stands up very well.

I have been told that next months Auto Italia has quite a bit on the brooklands meet and also a section on Abarth.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: needsmust on May 20, 2009, 05:48:18 pm
Just another:

http://motortorque.askaprice.com/reviews/auto-0902/new-abarth-500-review.asp (http://motortorque.askaprice.com/reviews/auto-0902/new-abarth-500-review.asp)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: maxpol on May 20, 2009, 10:46:47 pm
and finally my little test!  :whistle:    ;D
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unvcITtfSU0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unvcITtfSU0)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Joe on May 27, 2009, 01:13:21 pm
This month's evo (http://www.evo.co.uk/news/evonews/235808/this_months_evo_issue_132.html) has a shoot out between the current crop of hot superminis.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: olopboy on May 27, 2009, 01:22:01 pm
Normal for Evo I'm afraid, we love the way the car looks but don't like the ride or the handling. Don't actually slate it exactly and it doesn't come bottom. I let you read the verdict yourselves but it seems contrary to what they have said in the past and virtually everyone else for that matter.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: wampa on May 27, 2009, 04:31:44 pm
Junes edition of Auto Italia (out now) has a GPA drive alongside a Fiat Strada Abarth as a comparison.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: JKDesign80 on June 01, 2009, 11:27:22 pm

Road Magazine a monthly free online car magazine has quite a big feature on the A500,

Worth a look: www.roadmagazine.co.uk
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: duggan on June 02, 2009, 08:06:53 pm
Motorsport magasine has a small feature on the Abarth500 from Andrew Frankel - who thinks Ford could make a better car by putting a hot motor in a Ka ::)

Some people don't have a scooby doo......
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Hozepipe on June 16, 2009, 11:48:31 am
JC gave another  :thumb: to the A500 in his review of the limited edition Mini Cooper S convertible in the Sunday Times (14th June), stating that the A500 is a far more economic and entertaining way to getting noticed.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: wampa on June 16, 2009, 11:57:38 am
Normal for Evo I'm afraid, we love the way the car looks but don't like the ride or the handling. Don't actually slate it exactly and it doesn't come bottom. I let you read the verdict yourselves but it seems contrary to what they have said in the past and virtually everyone else for that matter.
After reading the review I was also a little disapointed in them.
For me I dont think they were looking at reviewing the cars evenly at all.
He seemed to take the Mazda just becasue he wanted to, and they gave no real pointers on the Colt, let alone a decent photo of it. If I was a Colt owner or prosepctive owner I wouldn't be very happy with the review.  :thumbd:
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: wampa on June 17, 2009, 02:14:23 pm
Theres a comparison drive in Autocar this week using the 500 SS.

Up against the new Renault Clio 200 cup, two Fiestas (Zetec and Mountune versions) the 133 Twingo and Suzuki Swift Sport.

Worth a read but you can tell from the start who is going to win it.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: olopboy on June 17, 2009, 03:04:38 pm
As per usual the 500 gets put up against a car in a different league  ::) Hello Clio cup 200 should be vs the AGP SS  :banghead:
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: magicmole on June 17, 2009, 03:54:43 pm
Why should the 500ASS not be up against the Clio Cup? According to Abarth's figures, it's quicker than the GPASS.

Would there have been complaints if it had 'beaten' the Clio? Don't think so.

It's invariably the same on manufacturer forums. If the chosen favourite doesn't win, the result is deemed unfair.

Out of interest, how much was the Clio listed at? How much can you buy it for? How much is the 500ASS?
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: wampa on June 17, 2009, 04:15:50 pm
Why should the 500ASS not be up against the Clio Cup? According to Abarth's figures, it's quicker than the GPASS.

Would there have been complaints if it had 'beaten' the Clio? Don't think so.

It's invariably the same on manufacturer forums. If the chosen favourite doesn't win, the result is deemed unfair.

Out of interest, how much was the Clio listed at? How much can you buy it for? How much is the 500ASS?

I think the Clio was listed at £15,700 in the magazine if I'm not mistaken.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: olopboy on June 17, 2009, 04:16:24 pm
It isn't faster it supposedly the same at 7.4, sorry I just think the GP is the more focused car out of the two and more like the Clio and M'd Fiesta. I'm not bothered that it was beaten, as the Clio would definately be the better car out the two ::)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: magicmole on June 17, 2009, 04:51:30 pm
I think it highly likely that it would be better that the GPASS as well. Apart from looks, interior and maybe some in-gear acceleration increments.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: JKDesign80 on July 19, 2009, 11:42:09 pm

Article in this months Performance car magazine, pitching a EsseEsse against the new Clio Sport 200.

I did'nt properly read it as I was in a rush but I got the jist they like they like both cars.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: wampa on July 27, 2009, 12:44:02 pm
Didnt really know where to put this but I think the A500 is on Fifth Gear tonight, just checked the "Coming Up" section on thier website.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Sawbomartin on July 27, 2009, 01:30:50 pm
Didnt really know where to put this but I think the A500 is on Fifth Gear tonight, just checked the "Coming Up" section on thier website.
Yes, they compare the A500, Twingo Sport, Colt and Suzuki Swift. Looks like the Colt is the quickest in the drag race but yuk! No style whatsoever.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: wampa on July 27, 2009, 01:34:51 pm
Didnt really know where to put this but I think the A500 is on Fifth Gear tonight, just checked the "Coming Up" section on thier website.
Yes, they compare the A500, Twingo Sport, Colt and Suzuki Swift. Looks like the Colt is the quickest in the drag race but yuk! No style whatsoever.
Well Im hoping they give the 500 the thumbs up, they certainly loved the GPA.
Looking forward to watching it, however the program is usually a turn off for me.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Joe on July 27, 2009, 06:47:35 pm
A brand new 500 Abarth is tonight's competition prize!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Mouse on August 02, 2009, 09:15:18 pm
The only car that would tempt me away from an SS is a Clio 200. By the time I specced one up though, it came to 20k! Fair enough the Abarth would only be 2k cheaper when specced up, but it's still as much fun and cheaper to own
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: JKDesign80 on August 04, 2009, 09:32:25 pm

Review by Which? Magazine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-G0B8cjzMIU

Yeah to be honest, I have no interest in his opinion.

A car aimed at 17 year olds?!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Andrewfuzzy on August 05, 2009, 12:58:50 am
The seats are great no numbness there, i have size 11 feet and i havnt caught the pedals and it comes with a subwoofer as standard!

All in all the blokes an arse  >:(
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: DraigFlag on August 05, 2009, 08:12:53 am
The seats are great no numbness there, i have size 11 feet and i havnt caught the pedals and it comes with a subwoofer as standard!

All in all the blokes an arse  >:(
wow your feet are small compared to some of us on here. I forget who else is a size 14 like me, but i've never caught the pedals either...
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: olopboy on August 05, 2009, 08:26:02 am
I have with my 12's, but I am a woeful driver  :-[ Acc & Brake never clutch & brake, he must be worse than me  :P

Seats are surprisingly comfy, no aches after the marathon Yorks run on Sunday, I will admit I was surprised.

Edit -Actually bothered watching the tedious little man and boy did he miss the whole point of the car, I bet he much prefered to review the Insignia  ;D
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: wampa on August 05, 2009, 09:11:50 am
Y-A-W-N, god how dull was he.
Some interesting shots of the car, the video work was pretty good, but he was useless.

Maybe he should put his teeth in for his next piece!

The 17 year old remark I thought was quite childish....
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Joe on August 05, 2009, 11:59:55 pm
What a boring ba*tard. How the hell has he got a job testing cars? He's about as enthusiastic as a dead dog. There's hope for me yet.

You know I've not wanted to mention this up until now, but I'll be honest, the positioning of the electric window switches is really bothering me. I just don't know how to resolve the issue. I'm considering selling my car and seeking psychotherapy for the sheer hurt and distress their unusual position has caused.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: wampa on August 06, 2009, 08:43:40 am
What a boring b*****d. How the hell has he got a job testing cars? He's about as enthusiastic as a dead dog. There's hope for me yet.

You know I've not wanted to mention this up until now, but I'll be honest, the positioning of the electric window switches is really bothering me. I just don't know how to resolve the issue. I'm considering selling my car and seeking psychotherapy for the sheer hurt and distress their unusual position has caused.

I understand your torment Joe, after all "They are in the wrong place!" Nice statement that.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Sawbomartin on August 06, 2009, 08:48:38 am
I think his grey shirt went with the grey review.
It was 3 minutes in before he said anything positive at all.
I guess the problem with this is that Which are an organisation that do sort of cold analysis. I think they should stick to washing machines and cars that are there to "do the job".
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: DavyP on August 06, 2009, 01:21:30 pm


Maybe he should stick to written reviews.  He's pretty bland to be honest. :thumbd:  Also I think he missed the whole point of the car and who its aimed at. >:(
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Sawbomartin on August 06, 2009, 01:31:15 pm

Maybe he should stick to written reviews.  He's pretty bland to be honest. :thumbd:  Also I think he missed the whole point of the car and who its aimed at. >:(

In one sentence:
Who is it aimed at????
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: DavyP on August 06, 2009, 02:43:29 pm


Anyone who want's a fun funky car ;D

This site show's a whole cross section of people buying it.  For the reviewer to suggest it's only for the younger generation is pretty ill thought out.   ::)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: needsmust on August 06, 2009, 05:46:44 pm
Actually, I can't argue with much he said at all.

And don't those 16s look great?
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Sawbomartin on August 06, 2009, 06:28:06 pm
Actually, I can't argue with much he said at all.


Taxi for Needsmust!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: needsmust on August 06, 2009, 06:34:39 pm
As long as it's driven by a dynamic large-footed 17-yr-old with a numb arse.   ;)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: mikey on August 07, 2009, 11:17:52 pm
Did anyone notice in the final Top Gear on the cool wall there was our beloved A500 in the sub zero section - or so it seemed to me...

nice!

Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Sawbomartin on August 08, 2009, 12:47:52 am
Did anyone notice in the final Top Gear on the cool wall there was our beloved A500 in the sub zero section - or so it seemed to me...

nice!



No, I think you'll find that was a standard 500. I froze and zoomed it.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: mikey on August 08, 2009, 07:54:17 am
Did anyone notice in the final Top Gear on the cool wall there was our beloved A500 in the sub zero section - or so it seemed to me...

nice!



No, I think you'll find that was a standard 500. I froze and zoomed it.

dam modern technology and poor eyesight!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: DraigFlag on August 08, 2009, 11:07:11 am
Did anyone notice in the final Top Gear on the cool wall there was our beloved A500 in the sub zero section - or so it seemed to me...

nice!



No, I think you'll find that was a standard 500. I froze and zoomed it.
Yea you're right, it was a Fiat 500, the Abarth 500 must have been in the fridge next to the cool wall!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: mikey on August 08, 2009, 11:25:26 am
Did anyone notice in the final Top Gear on the cool wall there was our beloved A500 in the sub zero section - or so it seemed to me...

nice!



No, I think you'll find that was a standard 500. I froze and zoomed it.
Yea you're right, it was a Fiat 500, the Abarth 500 must have been in the fridge next to the cool wall!

ah yes, quite so!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Sawbomartin on August 08, 2009, 11:56:24 am
Did anyone notice in the final Top Gear on the cool wall there was our beloved A500 in the sub zero section - or so it seemed to me...

nice!



No, I think you'll find that was a standard 500. I froze and zoomed it.
Yea you're right, it was a Fiat 500, the Abarth 500 must have been in the fridge next to the cool wall!
;D
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: DraigFlag on October 16, 2009, 08:40:21 pm
Not a bad review, but not the best either. Change the record! We know the suspesion is too hard but we couldn't give a hoot!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-Im17P-ZOY
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Ad on October 17, 2009, 01:04:13 am
Never trust a man in sandals ;D
Average review lol, half arsed arguments IMO...
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: pag500 on January 29, 2010, 10:43:41 pm
Abarth 500 Assetto Corse quick review in this weeks autoexpress.. page 77..
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: noddyrocket on August 24, 2010, 07:48:55 pm
http://www.evo.co.uk/features/features/256126/abarth_500_at_harewood_hillclimb.html

Sorry if this link has already been posted :thumb:

Its a bit more 'out in the open' forum wise here ;D
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: LutonBea on September 25, 2010, 11:01:30 am
We know the suspesion is too hard but we couldn't give a hoot!


I agree, it's all part of the fun  ;D

He didnt give the A500 SS a very long review did he? Not really fair in my opinion  :-\
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Mouse on October 01, 2010, 08:44:04 pm
Here's a review of my Abarth = it's bloody awesome!  ;D
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: DraigFlag on October 18, 2010, 09:32:43 pm
Video review here (http://www.newcarnet.co.uk/Abarth-500_car_video.html?section=interactive&id=1069). Not seen this one before  :)

Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: DraigFlag on October 22, 2010, 06:02:13 pm
There was a very good write up in the Sun today of both the A500C, which he said "was the hottest little car in the World at the moment" and the APE  :thumb:

Good stuff.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: J_a_m_e_s on October 22, 2010, 06:19:37 pm
There was a very good write up in the Sun today of both the A500C, which he said "was the hottest little car in the World at the moment" and the APE  :thumb:

Good stuff.

I seen this, my old man seems to keep everything and anything to do with the 500  :thumb:
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Nadeem on November 19, 2010, 08:33:59 pm
Anyone read Richard Hammond's review of the A500c in the Mirror today? Price wise even when considering options, he sums it up as 'worth it, very worth it'.

He also reckons that that car including gearbox take on a new character when the sport button is pressed.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Salvos_White_Abarth on November 19, 2010, 08:45:43 pm
wonder if theyl review them on top gear on next series?
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: thefamoushoops on November 19, 2010, 08:51:05 pm
Anyone read Richard Hammond's review of the A500c in the Mirror today? Price wise even when considering options, he sums it up as 'worth it, very worth it'.

He also reckons that that car including gearbox take on a new character when the sport button is pressed.

Link:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/advice/motoring/richard-hammond/2010/11/19/feel-500c-of-heat-115875-22724286/
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: A500SSBOB on November 19, 2010, 09:17:56 pm
It would be good if they mentioned it or better tested it, but i think if they test another one its more likely to be the tributo ferrari one.. be interesting to see if they still call it a Fiat then haha!  ;D Imo youd have to be insane to buy a mini cab over the 500c  :crazy:
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: DraigFlag on November 20, 2010, 11:41:07 am
Please clarify this, in the Sun's review of the A500C it said there were 4 different speed settings for the gear changes, is this true?  ???
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Exoticaholic on November 20, 2010, 01:16:07 pm
Please clarify this, in the Sun's review of the A500C it said there were 4 different speed settings for the gear changes, is this true?  ???


Not sure what that meant exactly. There are four buttons:- N, 1, R and M/A.

The Sport button sharpens up throttle response and alters the engine management.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: pvr on November 23, 2010, 08:23:51 pm
Does the sport setting change the gear change speed at all?
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: John501 on November 23, 2010, 08:27:21 pm
The sport setting does change how far through the rev range the auto box will change gear. :thumb:
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: DraigFlag on April 23, 2011, 06:51:50 pm
Spotted this on the Fiat forum today:

Quote from: brigguscoop;2757711
New Evo Mag just dropped through the letterbox and there is a review of the 695. They really like it which is high praise from Evo Magazine. Four and a half stars!

EVO Magazine, 695 review for those interested  :thumb:

 
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Exoticaholic on August 19, 2011, 12:00:15 pm
Oh dear. Oh dear. Autocar (17th August) has rated the A500c Esseesse manual 2.5 stars out of 5. In fact, it's the worst of all Abarth 500 variants.

It says while the flappy paddle A500c without the Esseesse kit is far from perfect, it is a much more enjoyable car than this.

I think I better hang on my A500c for the time being!!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: SJH on August 19, 2011, 12:18:21 pm
Oh dear. Oh dear. Autocar (17th August) has rated the A500c Esseesse manual 2.5 stars out of 5. In fact, it's the worst of all Abarth 500 variants.

It says while the flappy paddle A500c without the Esseesse kit is far from perfect, it is a much more enjoyable car than this.

I think I better hang on my A500c for the time being!!

Simples! Spec a manual box.... ;D
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Ninjauk on August 19, 2011, 12:26:23 pm
The manual is the one that got the slating...
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Exoticaholic on August 19, 2011, 04:19:29 pm
The manual is the one that got the slating...


Yes, and the Esseesse kit which both got Autocar mark it down to 2.5 out of 5.

That suprised me to be honest.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: SJH on August 19, 2011, 04:32:24 pm
The manual is the one that got the slating...

Thus proving they have no clue what they are talking about.  ::)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Exoticaholic on August 19, 2011, 04:36:17 pm
The manual is the one that got the slating...

Thus proving they have no clue what they are talking about.  ::)


Yes, even if I said I'd keep my A500c longer in jest, I am still surprised the manual A500c SS earned low marks. But not everyone is influenced by Autocar's opinions whether to buy or not.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Hozepipe on August 19, 2011, 05:20:25 pm
Yes, even if I said I'd keep my A500c longer in jest, I am still surprised the manual A500c SS earned low marks. But not everyone is influenced by Autocar's opinions whether to buy or not.

Is anyone? ???
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: SJH on August 19, 2011, 05:22:27 pm
Yes, even if I said I'd keep my A500c longer in jest, I am still surprised the manual A500c SS earned low marks. But not everyone is influenced by Autocar's opinions whether to buy or not.

Is anyone? ???

The sad thing is the answer is probably "yes" but there we are.  ::)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Iraklis on November 23, 2011, 11:11:40 pm
http://www.topgear.com/uk/fiat/500-abarth/road-test/esseesse-driven

A short review of the A500c ss.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: FrankV500 on December 06, 2011, 02:12:56 pm
Might be a repost.. but i couldnt find this review on here :-\

http://www.topgear.com/uk/fiat/500-abarth/road-test/esseesse-driven
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Andrew on December 06, 2011, 02:14:59 pm
Yes, it's been posted before here (https://www.abarthforum.co.uk/500-abarth/new-500-abarth-reviews/msg195464/#msg195464)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: FrankV500 on December 06, 2011, 02:19:22 pm
Yes, it's been posted before here (https://www.abarthforum.co.uk/500-abarth/new-500-abarth-reviews/msg195464/#msg195464)

Yes indeed, thanks, but no one commented on it.... not a good review to be honest so not much to talk about unless we all write into top gear and flood them with Abarthisti letters of complaint :)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Sawbomartin on December 07, 2011, 03:53:37 pm
Video review on Jay Lenos Garage.

Great site this anyway. I haven't had time to view it yet (at work) but the reviews are usually pretty comprehensive.

http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/cars/fiat/2012-fiat-500-abarth/
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: chris_jh on December 30, 2011, 06:28:08 pm
evo group test here:-  http://www.evo.co.uk/carreviews/cargrouptests/276616/mini_coupe_jcw_v_renault_clio_200_v_corsa_vxr_nurburgring_v_abarth_695_tributo.html (http://www.evo.co.uk/carreviews/cargrouptests/276616/mini_coupe_jcw_v_renault_clio_200_v_corsa_vxr_nurburgring_v_abarth_695_tributo.html)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: ESPER500 on February 13, 2012, 07:58:58 pm
Latest EVO testing the standard A500 against its peers...worth a read...it fairs very well with the engine and the fun factor coming in for particular praise. Nice to see the non ss car getting some print for a change!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Sawbomartin on March 27, 2012, 01:52:57 pm
Part 2 of Jay Leno's review of the 500 is on His site.

A glowing review  :thumb:

http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/cars/fiat/2012-fiat-500-abarth-part-2
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Yordan on April 13, 2012, 12:20:42 am
I found it trough google pictures. The lad doesn't know what he is talking about?

http://consummatedriver.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/review-2012-abarth-500-in-snow.html
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: will-w on April 13, 2012, 12:27:36 pm
I found it trough google pictures. The lad doesn't know what he is talking about?

http://consummatedriver.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/review-2012-abarth-500-in-snow.html

That review wasn't that controversial, he's just looked at the American a500 from a different angle.

I gave up towards the end and didn't finish as his writing style has rather boring but from an outsiders point of view.  Don't forget we all look at these cars with a seriously bias position as we all own or want to own one :thumb:
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: corsa on April 13, 2012, 01:03:58 pm
Quote
As expected the car will tend to oversteer, but that is to be expected from a FWD and manufactures will tune that into the car since its considered safer

Epic.
People blogging about cars and not knowing the difference between over and understeer... :whistle: :thumbd:
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: SJH on April 13, 2012, 02:08:54 pm
Quote
As expected the car will tend to oversteer, but that is to be expected from a FWD and manufactures will tune that into the car since its considered safer

Epic.
People blogging about cars and not knowing the difference between over and understeer... :whistle: :thumbd:

Yes, same thought here. At least he admits to driving like a t*t though..... ;D
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Yordan on April 14, 2012, 02:52:31 pm
Is the airbox different?

TO will
I didn't even bother reading it.  :whistle:
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Griffs998 on April 14, 2012, 10:19:20 pm
i've just had a little nosey through the latest review and i must say i found it no worse than the majority of others out there. The dude seemed fairly well informed, with oversteer in my opinion being an obvious typo. It's not just the airbox that is different, its running the larger garrett 1446 turbo
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: SJH on April 15, 2012, 08:31:55 am
"no worse than the.....others"

Fair point I guess if you are comparing it to some of the other well-known over-rated views...... :whistle:

Like most of these things, very large pinch of salt.  If you are correct, that it is a typo, I'd have no job if I took such a casual attitude to proof reading so, I'm afraid I'm always going to take such a document less seriously.  ::)

Honestly, the only view that matters to me about a car that I may own is my own and I do find it somewhat sad that motoring journalists can, and do, make or break cars in the eyes of a large section of the public.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Griffs998 on April 15, 2012, 05:36:55 pm
while i agree that a sloppy attitude to proof reading will have the affect of weakening the standing of whatever article it appears in  dont believe certainly in this case it is enough to just reject his opinion. He seems fairly well informed about cars and if i didnt know a good deal about the 500 already i would certainly use his opinion to colour my impression of the car or at the very least to just enjoy reading about it. I completely agree with you that once having actually driven the car all external opinion whether it be good or bad pales into insignificance as ultimately the car would be and has ben bought by the feelings I and I alone get from it.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: SJH on April 15, 2012, 05:49:21 pm
The fact that peoples' views can be influenced by the views of someone they don't even know is part of why motoring journalism exists. It sells magazines. It's also why I struggle to take much of it seriously. Each to their own though.  :thumb:
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Griffs998 on April 15, 2012, 05:55:07 pm
i think a healthy skepticism in all facets of life can only be beneficial - i think in essence im agreeing with you though :)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: will-w on May 17, 2012, 02:42:51 pm
Only just posted (http://www.pistonheads.com/roadtests/doc.asp?c=143&i=25708)

Not a particularly good review :(
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Hozepipe on May 18, 2012, 01:32:05 pm
Only just posted (http://www.pistonheads.com/roadtests/doc.asp?c=143&i=25708)

Not a particularly good review :(

Bit ignorant really. Once you understand the box, in manual mode at least, progress is silk smooth. Similarly, if he thinks you can achieve 695 performance by 'chipping' he's sadly mistaken ::)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: olopboy on May 18, 2012, 01:46:37 pm
^ That post, its full of truth
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Yordan on May 18, 2012, 02:40:35 pm
It's rather bland review  :-\
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Abarth85 on July 01, 2012, 09:47:23 pm
the links on the first post just go the homepage of te website, surley a link to the actual review would be great?
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Mr Dog on July 01, 2012, 10:28:14 pm
Just checked the links and they all appear to be working fine. ???

Have you tried clearing your browser cache?
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: Shappers on May 01, 2013, 10:42:28 pm
I learnt many moons ago to basically ignore what the motoring journals say about cars, as like most things the way a car feels is entirely subjective... And almost all of them actually ignore what it would be like as an ownership proportistion.. Ie reliabilty, residuals, dealer network.

Case in point; I loved my civic type R.  It recieved rave reviews on release, but was slated for having numb electric steering... Can't say I ever noticed. Certainly didn't stop me from enjoying it for 2 years!
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: jimmyl on June 18, 2013, 06:27:14 pm
Better  :thumb:

http://www.testdriven.co.uk/abarth-595-turismo-595-competizione-review/ (http://www.testdriven.co.uk/abarth-595-turismo-595-competizione-review/)
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: jackslade on April 02, 2014, 07:26:23 pm
In case this hasn't been posted before the carbuyer 2014 review video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Iz3DRfgYTM&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs
it put a big smile on the reviewers face but put down on quality.
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: jimmyl on August 18, 2014, 02:18:23 pm
Good, review accuracy leaves a bit to be desired (MultiAir!)

http://www.autoedizione.com/test-abarth-595-competizione-my2014/

Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: PORTHOS on October 03, 2014, 07:29:04 pm
New one here, mini review, very positive even calling it a hot hatch :)

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/motoring/new-abarth-colourful-supercool---4373343
Title: Re: Abarth 500 Reviews
Post by: chillerkid on August 01, 2015, 07:35:17 pm
2015 Abarth 595 competizione 180bhp review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11nhYEH9JQc