Test Drive: 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

Buongiorno! In our quest to drive and compare all of the current hot hatch offerings in the US market, we got our hands on this little used Nero black Fiat 500 Abarth.  How does it stack up to our long-term Focus ST test car?  Or the brand new 2015 GTI that we recently spent time in?   Take a look at our (very) quick video review and find out.  #hatchlife

Remember the Dodge Neon intro campaign?  “Hi!”.  How freakin cute was that?  Well the Fiat 500 Abarth makes the Neon look like Quasimodo in comparison.  It’s adorable.  Just look at it!

fiat 500 abarth

But this Abarth thing, it’s different.  There is a dark side.  I mean, scorpions are dangerous right?  I’m pretty sure they are.  Thanks to Upper Marlboro Ford for the opportunity to see for sure.

fiat 500 abarth

Things I immediately liked about this Fiat.

  • Flat bottomed steering wheel
  • Guttural exhaust note
  • Go-kart like handling
  • Surprising amount of room for such a small car
  • High mounted shifter
  • Aggressive look for such a cute car

fiat 500 abarth

Although, like most small hatchbacks, its not perfect.  Things I grew to dislike about this Fiat.

  • Go-kart like handling rides pretty rough
  • Surprising amount of room disappears when people get into it
  • High mounted shifter is a 5spd and isn’t that amazing

fiat 500 abarth

Mi scusi!  It’s still a pretty good car, and my 10 year old son thought it was pretty cool.  Plus, the positives outweighed the negatives (like 2-1 as far as bullet points go) but you should take a look at our quick video review for more.  If you enjoy, please subscribe to our YouTube channel!

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