2012 FIAT 500 Abarth - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual) Driven On 3/6/2012 Ratings Summary When all is said and done the Fiat 500 Abarth is a fun car to drive. It lacks the fundamentally solid underpinnings of its biggest competitor and therefore lacks that car's refinement, feedback and speed, but it's still a kick.
B
Comfort The Abarth's ride comfort is better than a Mini Cooper S with the Sport package, but because there's little else to compare it to, it's difficult to quantify. Overall, considering its abilities, comfort is good.
Seating Comfort
B
Comfort is good, lateral support is lacking for a car with high cornering limits.
Ride Comfort
B
Dual-rate front dampers provide a reasonably comfortable ride. Spring rates aren't off-the-charts stiff, either.
Quietness
C
The Abarth's exhaust is quite loud, but it adds character and it doesn't drone miserably on the freeway.
B
Interior Interior details are a bit flashy, but add a level of detail and character only found in -- you guessed it -- a Mini Cooper.
Ergonomics
C
Getting automatic climate control means there's not a single knob on the Abarth's dash -- a big mistake.
Ingress/Egress
B
Wide-opening doors are a good thing. As are tall, upright seats.
Space/Room
C
Sunroof-equipped cars compromise headroom. Rear seat space is limited.
Visibility
B
Being tall and having upright seats gives the Abarth good visibility.
Cargo/Storage
C
There's room for soft bags behind the rear seats without folding. Carrying anything larger will mean folding the rear seats flat.
B
Performance Abarth model is far quicker than the base 500. Engaging to drive quickly and reasonably well behaved. Still, shows its B-segment roots when driven to its limits.
Acceleration
B
Brisk out of the hole with ample tire-roasting torque.
Braking
B
Squirms around more than we'd prefer during full-ABS stops, but remains stable.
Steering
B
Steering effort changes for the better with use of "sport" mode.
Handling
B
Good enough to hang with its primarly competition in our instrumented tests.
Driveability
B
Not refined, but still quite fun.
C
Value Value is the Abarth's shortcoming. For this much money you can get either more performance or a nicer -- if more subdued -- car.
Build Quality (vs. $)
C
The Abarth doesn't feel or look like a premium car inside like the Mini Cooper.
Features(vs. $)
C
You'll pay more if you want the most desirable features like 17-inch wheels, navigation and Abarth badging.
Cost
D
Fully optioned the 500 Abarth hits almost $27,000, which is too much for this car.
MPG
B
Good EPA ratings of 28 city/34 highway are encouraging. A 22 mpg combined average in our (admittedly heavy footed) testing is only OK.
Warranty
B
The 4-year/50,000 mile warranty is decent, and includes roadside assistance for that time period.
Ownership
B
A big unknown. There's no North American track record to work from. On the other hand, oil changes and wear items like brake pads are covered for the first 3 years/36,000 miles
B
Fun To Drive Being fun to drive is the Abarth's biggest selling point. It makes good sounds, squirts effortlessly between corners and manhandles traffic. Yes, it's fun.
Driving Experience
B
Plan on being looked at in the Abarth. If that's your thing, this car will achieve it. If not, look elsewhere.
Personality
A
There's planty of personality here. It's quirky, unusual, fun and loud in every way.
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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 FIAT 500 Abarth in VA is:

$130 per month*
* Explanation
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