The Abarth 595 lineup was introduced in October 2018 during the brand’s launch in the Philippines.
Derived from the styling and proportions of the Fiat 500, the Abarth 595 makes its own mark with more aggressive features and flashier paint jobs. It sports more athletic-looking bumpers with the Scorpion brand’s iconic round HID headlights and halogen daytime running lights, modernizing its exterior look. To make the hatchback seem larger are 17-inch alloys wheels that come as standard for all variants. On the rear are twin exhaust pipes that add to the sporty vibe the Abarth 595 goes for. It is complemented by LED taillamps and rear for lamps. Elevating the aesthetic are carbon fiber accents which can be found on the Turismo and Competizione variants.
Inside the Abarth 595 is a straightforward cabin that has enough space for a vehicle of its segment. While majority of the trims are plastic, they carry the same color of the exterior body to maintain a cohesive and sporty look. There are touches of leather present on the instrument panel hood and steering wheel to add some refinement to the cockpit. The base variants come with seats wrapped in fabric, equipped with manual adjustability. Higher models such as the Turismo are furnished with expertly crafted leather upholstery, while the top-spec Competizione variant is fitted with unique seats by Sabelt. It also features a Sport button that enables a switch in the look of the digital display once pressed. The digital dashboard features a rev counter, speedometer, and a boost gauge.
Technology & Safety
In terms of entertainment, the Abarth 595 comes with the bare necessities. The base and Turismo variants are equipped with a 5-inch touchscreen interface with Bluetooth and USB playback. Audio comes out of a six-speaker setup. Meanwhile, the Competizione variants come with a 7-inch touchscreen with Audio Streaming through Hi-Fi by Beats speakers.
Convenience features furnished in the hatchback include a keyless entry system with push button start, automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and cruise control.
Among the 595’s extensive list of safety features are rear parking sensors, Anti-lock Brake System and electronic brakeforce distribution, Traction control, Hill Start Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring, and Stability control that come as standard. It also comes with a Sport mode can easily adjust the vehicle’s performance to suit present road conditions.
Platform & Chassis
The Abarth 595 can come in either a hatchback or a convertible. All variants are offered in a 3-door, 4-seater layout. Suspension remains at McPherson strut in front and Multi-link at the rear with large 4-piston calipers paired with Koni shock absorbers that further improve the handling. Stopping power comes from disc brakes.
Engine & Drivetrain
Generally, the Abarth 595 is known for its performance-bred engine that comes in the form of a 1.4-liter T-jet turbocharged gasoline engine. The drivetrain differs depending on the variant, which could either be a 5-speed manual transmission or an MTA gearbox, which is a sequential robotized automatic transmission. Power is sent to the front wheels as standard.
The base variants are offered in either MT or MTA, producing 143 hp and 206 Nm of torque. Next on the lineup is the Turismo MTA and Turismo Convertible MTA variants that spew out 165 hp and 230 Nm of torque paired with an MTA gearbox.
The top-spec Competizione MTA and Competizione Convertible variants produce 180 hp and 250 Nm of torque, with the engine mated to an MTA gearbox as well. Lastly, the Competizione MT comes up with 180 hp and 250 Nm of torque, paired with a 5-Speed Manual Transmission. The range topping variant uses the new Record Monza Attivo exhaust and a self-locking differential which enables better management and control of the power while cornering.