The Abarth 595 interior gets plenty of eye-catching visual upgrades over the standard Fiat 500, but smartphone mirroring and an improved stereo cost extra on most cars
The Abarth 595 comes with plenty of sporty touches to make sure your passengers don’t mistake it for a run-of-the-mill Fiat 500. Besides the huge scorpion badge on the racy flat-bottomed steering wheel you also get more supportive sports seats, a redesigned speedometer and a stand-alone rev counter that sticks out of the dashboard like a cartoon periscope.
Go for a mid-range Turismo spec car instead of an entry-level or Trofeo model, and you get leather seats as standard. One step further into high-spec Competizione territory and you get super supportive Abarth Corsa seats – albeit with fabric upholstery. If you want these sporty items trimmed in leather, it’ll cost you a pretty penny.
Whichever version you choose, you might be a bit disappointed by how cheap some of the 595’s materials feel. It certainly isn’t as solid as the cheaper VW Up GTI and you don’t get any soft, squidgy plastics on the doors or dashboard, either.
Be careful not to get too carried away adding optional extras to your 595’s cabin or you could end up spending some serious cash…
Unlike the standard Fiat 500, the Abarth 595 comes with a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard. Unfortunately, the screen’s reflective coating means it’s quite difficult to read in direct sunlight and the menus aren’t as easy to navigate through as in the Swift Sport or Fiesta ST. At least you get DAB digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a USB input as standard.
Neither the standard car, the Turismo, nor the Competizione comes with sat-nav as standard – for that you’ll have to pay an extra £350 or upgrade to the larger seven-inch display for an extra £700. The system’s not particularly easy to use, however, and doesn’t come with particularly clear map graphics.
Much better is the smartphone mirroring system you get as standard in Trofeo and XSR Yamaha models. This lets you use a selection of Apple and Android-based apps – including navigation and music-streaming services – through the car’s built-in screen. You can pay extra to get these features on entry-level, Turismo and Competizione cars, but it’ll cost you extra on top of what you have to pay for the upgraded 7.0-inch display.
Rather frustratingly, Trofeo and XSR Yamaha cars with built-in smartphone mirroring don’t come with the option of an upgraded Beats stereo – this option is reserved for entry-level Turismo and Competizione cars. It certainly sounds beefier than the standard unit, but can’t match the volume, bass or clarity you get in the Fiesta ST’s optional B&O system.