Fiat India, the subsidiary of the popular Italian car brand has introduced one of its popular product in the country. It is the iconic Fiat 500 , which is acclaimed to be one of the most desirable small car globally. However, the manufacturer has brought only one out of its several variants in the market. It is the performance oriented Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione, which is available as a CBU (completely built-up unit). This hatchback is powered by a 1.4-litre Tjet petrol engine, which is capable of unleashing 160bhp of maximum power. For India, it is available with an automated manual transmission gearbox with manual override system, which further makes it easier to drive without compromising its overall performance. This vehicle is all about looks and extreme on-road performance, which is evident with its structure and technical figures. To start with the exteriors, it has the compact body structure that carries forward the legacy of Abarth models. This 595 Competizione is an exclusive product from the manufacturer, which gets sporty cosmetics on all its facets. On its front facade, it is fitted with a wider bumper with bigger air intake vent, while the side facet has skirts along with decals. As for the rear section, it has sporty bumper with four exhaust pipes, which speaks about its power and capabilities.
Coming to the insides, it looks even sportier than its exteriors, thanks to the Abarth Corsa racing seats, which are covered with unique fabric seats. Its dashboard is designed with an attractive central fascia that embodies the gearbox console. There are number of features that we can see inside the cabin like a proficient automatic AC unit, a surround audio system, electrically adjustable driver's seat and storage units. Its attractive steering wheel is loaded with multi-functional switches along with paddle shifters, which eases the efforts of driving. As for the safety features, this hatchback is blessed with all essential aspects including airbags, seatbelts with pre-tensioners, reinforced body structure and security system. Although, all these aspects are common, even in the entry level models, its exclusivity and high performance is something that will help it to eat up the sales of Mini in the Indian automobile market.
This newly launched hatchback has the signature body structure, which is crafted and built with high standards. Every inch on its exteriors reflects the craftsmanship of the manufacturer's designers. It has an attractive front facade with round shaped headlight cluster featuring projector lamps incorporated in them. Below these, we can see fog lamps in oval shape that further enhances the lighting. It gets a single unit front bumper that is designed with perforated air intake section along with a pair of lamps as well. This bumper's upper section is decorated with a metallic strip along with the insignia. The side profile looks sturdy owing to its massive fenders, which are molded to give an extended shoulder look. They are mated with a set of stylish 17-inch alloy wheels, which renders it sporty characteristics. This model also gets body decals on the lower section of doors and fenders that distinguishes its exclusivity. The manufacturer has done up its ORVMs along with the door handles in chrome, while garnishing the window sills and B pillar in black. Unlike its front and rear sections, the rear profile has a bold design that can surely garb the attention of onlookers. The rear bumper is in a dual tone design and it houses four exhaust pipes. They are further accompanied by a lower cladding that safeguards the vehicle from rugged roads. The windscreen is as wide as its tailgate and is accompanied by a spoiler. The taillight cluster has chrome wraparound that further adds to its majestic appeal. We can also find chrome accents on the tailgate just above the license plate console. The overall look of this car is complimented by the colorful company's insignia.
This hatchback has a total length of 3657mm and a width of 1627mm. Its overall height measures about 1485mm that ensures good head room inside. It also has a considerably long wheelbase of 2300mm that is essential for decent legroom inside.
The interior section looks even sportier, thanks to the red colored theme. The cockpit section is area where we can see the typical Italian design that represents the skill-set of its makers. It has a beautiful dashboard made with superior grade material to achieve a perfect fit and finish. We can also see leather upholstery around the instrument cluster with bright red stitching. This panel houses a large digital meter that displays vehicle's speed, time, rpm levels, fuel gauge and all other essential information to keep the driver updated. The steering wheel has three spokes, a flat-bottomed design and is considerably bigger in size. It is decorated with red and metallic accents along with company's logo in the center. Apart from the seats, the entire theme of the cabin is in red and black color scheme, which is highlighted by metallic accents. While the seats are covered with white and red colored fabric upholstery that renders a sporty character to the cabin. Its dashboard houses an ergonomically designed center fascia that houses several illuminated control switches. They are well within the reach of the driver to access them and to control various functions of the car. Being a two door hatchback, one need to fold down the front passenger seat to get into the rear cabin. There are number of utility features fitted inside the cabin including storage units, an inside rear view mirror, sun visors, foot-well lamp and door armrest.
This hatchback assures comfortable seating for at least four passengers, thanks to the well cushioned seats and leg space. Here, the driver's seat has electrical height adjustment facility, which is essential for a car of such standard. Its dashboard is equipped with a good quality manual climate control system along with air vents for rear passengers, which regulates the air temperature inside and keeps the ambiance pleasant. There is a power assisted steering wheel that has tilt along with telescopic function, which makes it easy to handle the car. Furthermore, it is also accompanied by shift pedals along with illuminated multi-functional switches. The outside mirrors also have electrical adjustment along with folding function. Furthermore, they also have auto dimming function that provides clear vision of vehicles behind during night time. Apart from this, there are several other standard features provided with this car including automatic headlights-on sensing day-light, front intermittent wipers, power windows with driver's side auto down function, rear window defogger, cruise control and other such features. At the same time, the manufacturer is also providing some of the advanced features as optional, which includes a sunroof, wind stop function and a Hi-Fi system.
This hatch looks much more spacious than we can expect, as it is designed with a longer wheelbase and height. This vehicle can provide good space for four occupants. As for storage, there is a decent amount of space available that can be extended further. It is also fitted with a bigger fuel tank for longer journeys.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
The manufacturer has mated this four cylindered, turbocharged petrol mill with an automated manual gearbox that provides smooth shifting of gears. It helps the vehicle to reach an impressive top speed of 210 Kmph. In the mean time, it can break the 100 Kmph speed mark in about 7.6 seconds.
Engine and Performance
This newly launched car is blessed with a powerful 1.4-litre, Tjet petrol engine that has a displacement capacity of 1368cc. It runs on a DOHC valve configuration, as it is designed with four cylinders and sixteen valves. It is also integrated with a turbocharger that enhances the overall power output and efficiency. This mill is capable of producing a maximum power of 160bhp at 5500rpm that results in a pounding torque output of 201Nm at 2750rpm. Additionally, with the help of Torque Transfer Control (TTC), we can raise the torque output to 230Nm at 3000rpm, which is rather impressive. The manufacturer has mated this power plant with an advanced five speed automated manual gearbox that features shift pedals on steering wheel. On the other hand, we can expect that this Italian automobile firm may bring the manual version to the markets to provide more options to the buyers.
Powering this model is the 1.4-litre Tjet petrol engine, which is integrated with a critically acclaimed multi-point fuel injection technology. Although it is tuned to enhance the overall power output, it possesses the capability to deliver a decent mileage of about 15 Kmpl, which is good.
Power of Fiat 500
Like mentioned above, its power plant has been designed in a specific manner and incorporated with a turbocharger for mammoth power output. This mill can churn out a maximum power of 160bhp that results in a pounding torque of 201Nm. However, with the help of sports mode, the torque output can be increased to 230Nm.
Stereo & Accessories
The company has equipped this model series with an advanced music system that features a DVD player along with a radio tuner. It also has connectivity sockets for USB and AUX-In devices in the central console. Additionally, this system also features speed sensing volume controls for added convenience. The company has also equipped it with a Blue&Me Bluetooth for streaming of audio and operating calls. The control switches for the audio and call functions are mounted on steering wheel for ease of operation. On the other hand, the manufacturer is also offering an optional Hi-Fi surround system that can enhance the sound quality and listening experience. Buyers can also incorporate a new generation touchscreen infotainment system with navigation support for staying on right track.
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Braking & Handling
The manufacturer has built this compact car to deliver superior performance. To make this possible, it has incorporated a robust suspension system to both the axles, which helps it to provide driving comfort while enhancing its dynamics. On the other hand, it is also blessed with higher grade disc braking mechanism for all four wheels that explains about its stopping power irrespective of all weather conditions. To augment this system further, the manufacturer has also incorporated the anti lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution along with brake assist system. At the same time, it is also loaded with a few traction control programs, which are helpful to keep the vehicle stable on all grounds.
Safety & Security
Safety is one of the division where Abarth cars are always good. The manufacturer has given top priority to this section and has ensured highest level of protection to its occupants. Firstly, it is built with a high-strength, lightweight aluminum material, which is reinforced to absorb maximum amount of impact caused during collisions. It also includes side impact beams and crumple zones, which can safeguard the passenger compartment and minimizes the risk of injury. On the other hand, its cabin is loaded with airbags along with three point seat belts for all four passengers that maximizes the protection. Apart from these there are several other features provided inside like seatbelt warning, front passenger airbag deactivation, inside mirror with auto dimming effect, door ajar warning, speed sensing automatic door locks, ABS with EBD and central locking system. Furthermore, it also gets parking sensors, which are essential to maneuver the vehicle in tight corners. Additionally, it also get immobilizer system with security alarm that prevents any form of theft and keeps the vehicle protected.
This stylish hatch is blessed with a set of stylish 17 inch alloy wheels, embracing good quality radial tubeless tyres. Buyers can choose these rims with three different finishes like Titanium, Matt Black and Magnesium.
1. Internal cabin has a sporty design.
2. External appearance looks stunning with body decals.
3. Performance and efficiency is matchless.
4. An ideal vehicle for individuals who prefer to make a style statement.
5. Very easy to handle due to its compact size.
1. Dealership network is limited.
2. Accessing the rear cabin causes inconvenience.
3. Initial cost of ownership is very high.
4. Low ground clearance is another disappointing aspect.
5. Not many comfort features are available as standard.
Fiat 500 price
|Abarth 595 Competizione |
|29.85 Lakh ||30.35 Lakh ||30.52 Lakh ||30.4 Lakh ||29.66 Lakh ||30.22 Lakh ||30.86 Lakh