2017 Fiat 500 Abarth: What You Need to Know

Fiat 500 Abarth
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Fiat Abarth Is Italian for Small and Fast

As far as sporty hot hatches go, the Fiat 500 has been kind of a letdown. After its 2012 introduction, the 500 quickly gained a reputation for being more about style than substance. It has cheerful looks and quirky trim level names (such as Easy, Pop, and Lounge), yet it lags behind competitors in our subcompact and hatchback rankings due to poor reliability and mediocre reviews.

If there’s a true bright spot in the 500 lineup, it’s the high-performance Abarth model, which boasts 59 more horsepower than the base engine and features exclusive details that give it a more sophisticated edge. The Abarth looks good, sounds even better, and offers something a little different than most other vehicles in the class.

For 2017, Fiat enacted a $2,000 price cut across the 500 lineup, including the Abarth model. If you’ve ever flirted with the idea of buying this subcompact hatchback, now is a great time to look.

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