Fiat 500 Abarth
The Fiat 500 really has no business existing in its base form. Cramped interior space, poor build quality, and an underwhelming engine make the perfect recipe for an uninspiring car. Yet, all that disappears in Abarth form. Well, except for the lack of room. But who needs a spacious cabin when the Fiat 500 Abarth offers a screaming 160-horsepower 1.4L turbo four engine and a standard 5-speed stick? An optional $1,000 6-speed auto robs the Abarth of 3 ponies, but raises total torque from 170 to 183 lb-ft. Needless to say, the Fiat 500 Abarth is one of the most enjoyable subcompacts to drive. Especially around the city.
Apart from a stylish design, perky engine and extremely fun driving dynamics, the Fiat 500 Abarth offers a fully customizable experience. All available features can be had across the lineup. Of course, that can easily raise Abarth’s already steep price tag of just under $20,000. Beats audio, interior and exterior cosmetic upgrades, advanced tech – tick all the available boxes and see your city car’s price jump to well over $27,000. Not exactly the best deal considering the Fiat 500 Abarth can barely fit four adults – let alone their cargo. Yet, the 500 Abarth and similar cars will always have their fan base – and rightfully so.