THE Abarth 595 range has been updated for 2021 with fresh interiors, a new colour palette and unique detailing across all four versions.

The 595, Turismo, Competizione and Esseesse further underline the characteristics of the Abarth brand with new technology and more customisation options than ever before.

Available in hatchback and convertible versions, Abarth 595 range is united by two specific characteristics: performance and style.  The four trim levels vary in power levels ranging from 145 to 180hp, and all units are Euro 6D Final-compliant.

‘Sport’ mode has been renamed ‘Scorpion’ mode throughout the new range aligning it with the Abarth logo and in recognition of the brand’s founder, Carlo Abarth. Pressing the button on the dashboard alters peak torque delivery, power steering calibration and engine response to the accelerator pedal, making them sharper and increasing driver engagement. The 595 is also therefore equipped with a high-performance braking system specific to Abarth, providing maximum safety courtesy of the 284mm front ventilating discs and the 240mm rear discs.

Distinctive but accessible, the entry-level 595 offers as standard all the equipment needed to guarantee the fun and driving enjoyment associated with Abarth including a flat-bottomed steering wheel, updated instrument panel and the pressure gauge now lit in white to ensure better legibility, while polyelliptical headlights and LED daytime running lights are fitted as standard. Alternatively, xenon headlights are available as an option. The Abarth 595 is priced from £17,760 OTR.

Over and above the 595, the 595 Turismo features refreshed interiors, including exclusive diamond-embossed leather seats available in a number of colour options, including the new heritage brown. The Abarth 595 Turismo is priced from £20,960 OTR.

For MY21 an all new colour has been added to the exterior Competizione palette,  rally blue, a matt colour inspired by the Fiat 131 Abarth Rally of the 1970s. New 17-inch alloy wheels are a nod to those of the 1990s Lancia Delta Rally Integrale, while a body colour body kit is specific to the Competizione in combination with the new rally blue or scorpione black exterior paint.

Inside, in addition to the ‘Scorpion’ mode selector with its new design, a new dashboard covered in Alcantara can be found, alongside new leather seats and gear lever in carbon fibre. The Abarth 595 Competizione is priced from £23,060 OTR.

For the top-of-the-range version, the 595 Esseesse, the Abarth team developed new titanium tailpipes for the Akrapovič exhaust system, providing an even more powerful sound, synonymous with the brand. Inside there’s a new dashboard effect and carbon gear lever. The 595 Esseesse is priced from £26,560 OTR.

Engines, transmission, mechanics
The new Abarth 595 range is equipped with the 1.4 T-jet engine, available in three output levels.  The 595 runs at 145hp, rising to 165hp on the Turismo version, while the 595 Competizione and 595 Esseesse, at 180hp, provide the highest performance output in the Abarth range.

The Esseesse is also equipped with the Garrett GT1446 turbine; a mechanical self-locking differential, which improves traction under difficult grip conditions and uneven terrain; Koni FSD shock absorbers on both axles and Brembo brakes with fixed aluminium calipers.

All variants of the 1.4 T-jet engine are paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, and the Turismo, Competizione and Esseesse can be fitted on request with an Abarth robotised sequential transmission with shift paddles.

In addition, all powertrains comply with the Euro 6D Final regulations.

The new 595 range is equipped as standard with the Uconnect™ system with 7-inch high-definition touchscreen, DAB radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™* compatibility. Satellite navigation is also available as options.

Finally, the refined and powerful BeatsAudio™ is also available on request, to satisfy the most discerning music fans. Developed in collaboration with Beats by Dr. Dre, the BeatsAudio™ system has a total output of 480W and features an 8-channel digital amplifier with an advanced equalisation algorithm that can recreate the entire sound spectrum that an artist experiences during studio recordings. The Beats Audio™ system consists of two dome tweeters located in the front pillars; two 165mm midwoofers in the front doors; two 165mm full-range speakers in the rear side panels; and a center-positioned 200mm subwoofer in the spare wheel compartment in the boot.

The new Abarth 595 MY21 range is available to order early February, priced from £17,760 OTR.

ModelCO2 g/kmBasic Price (£)VAT (£)Total Retail (£)OTR Charges (£)Total OTR (£)
1.4 Tjet 145 hp Manual154-156£13,699.17£2,739.83£16,439.00£1,321.00£17,760.00
1.4 Tjet 145 hp Manual157-159£15,907.50£3,181.50£19,089.00£1,321.00£20,410.00
595 Turismo      
1.4 Tjet 165 hp Manual153-155£16,261.86£3,252.37£19,514.23£1,445.77£20,960.00
1.4 Tjet 165 hp Manual MTA154-156£17,386.86£3,477.37£20,864.23£1,445.77£22,310.00
1.4 Tjet 165 hp Manual155-157£18,470.19£3,694.04£22,164.23£1,445.77£23,610.00
1.4 Tjet 165 hp Manual MTA157-158£19,595.19£3,919.04£23,514.23£1,445.77£24,960.00
595 Competizione      
1.4 Tjet 180 hp Manual156£18,011.86£3,602.37£21,614.23£1,445.77£23,060.00
1.4 Tjet 180 hp Manual MTA160-161£19,136.86£3,827.37£22,964.23£1,445.77£24,410.00
1.4 Tjet 180 hp Manual156£20,220.19£4,044.04£24,264.23£1,445.77£25,710.00
1.4 Tjet 180 hp Manual MTA164-165£21,345.19£4,269.04£25,614.23£1,445.77£27,060.00
595 Esseesse      
1.4 Tjet 180 hp Manual156£20,928.53£4,185.71£25,114.23£1,445.77£26,560.00
1.4 Tjet 180 hp Manual MTA160-161£22,053.53£4,410.71£26,464.23£1,445.77£27,910.00
1.4 Tjet 180 hp Manual156£23,136.86£4,627.37£27,764.23£1,445.77£29,210.00
1.4 Tjet 180 hp Manual MTA164-165£24,261.86£4,852.37£29,114.23£1,445.77£30,560.00

By Steve Berry

Freelance motoring writer and member of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers with a love of cars, motorbikes and running. I lied about the love of motorbikes. They scare me to death - although I would like to own a Ducati 996 in red which I would just look at but never ride. No, not ever.

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