Abarth 500

The Fiat 500 is already one of the most stylish superminis money can buy, but the Abarth 500 takes this to a new level. Featuring a distinctive bodykit, larger wheels and aggressive scorpion badges, the Abarth 500 looks great, and thanks to a turbocharged 1.4-litre engine it has the power to match. Steering is very direct and body roll is minimal, making the Abarth 500 fun to drive. However, the ride is very firm and Abarth cars are only available through a limited network of dealers. An Esseesse kit is available which boosts power further, and adds stiffer suspension and more powerful brakes.

Abarth 500 hatchback

£14,660 - £32,990
3 Doors
2.7 / 5
  • Sporty looks
  • Fun to drive
  • Cheap to run
  • Very firm suspension
  • Cramped interior
  • Expensive top-of-the-range models

The Abarth 500 is a more focused performance version of the hugely popular Fiat 500 city car, and despite its small dimensions, a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine makes it seriously quick. It's also one of the best looking and most charismatic small cars money can buy, but watch out for the price – if you go wild with optional extras, the car can quickly become expensive – even when compared to rivals like the MINI Cooper S and Citroen DS3.

Abarth 500C roadster

£16,660 - £23,190
2 Doors
2.5 / 5
  • Distinctive looks, especially with two-tone paint
  • Sharp handling not compromised by open top
  • Wind-in-the-hair thrills
  • Options can bump up the price
  • Rock-hard suspension
  • Not a full convertible

There's nothing quite like the Abarth 500C. It has more power than the standard Abarth 500 hot hatch and gets its own unique colours, too. The roof is the same as that used on the Fiat 500C, so you get a length of roll-back fabric in place of the metal roof, while the rest of the bodywork is the same as the 500 hatchback.