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2023 (73) Abarth 500 114kW Scorpionissima 42.2kWh 3dr Auto

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

10.25" Uconnect infotainment touchscreen with integrated navigation360 parking sensors (front, rear, side) drone view and rearview camera
7" TFT digital clusterAbarth driving e-mode selector: Turismo, Scorpion street, Scorpion track
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wireless)Blind spot warning
Central Console A+C USB (Charging Only)Connected services
Cruise controlDrowsy driver detection
e-Call (emergency call)e-coasting
EMF Family Steering OptEV Granted Range (Take Me Home)
EV Low Battery Mode (Turtle Mode)Intelligent speed assist
Lane keeping assistant (LKA)Power assist steering
Rain and dusk sensorsScorpionissima steering
Traffic sign informationUconnect live service
Wireless charger 

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

11KW onboard charger85kW fast charge
Bag for mode 3 charging cableElectric transmission
Mode 3 charging cableSecond life ready battery
Smart chargingSmart charging port

Entertainment

Abarth AVAS and key on/off soundAbarth sound generator
DAB radioGlobal telematics box module (TBM)
JBL premium sound system with 6 speakersUSB for device mirroring in 1st row

Exterior Features

3rd brake lightAbarth lettering in dark titanium grey
Abarth logoBlack Day Light opening (DLO) surround
Body side stripesChrome door kick plate
Dark tinted windows: rear + rear sideDedicated front sporty bumper with cool white front DAM
Dedicated lateral skirtDoor handles with electronic latch
Electric adjustable heated door mirrorsElectrochromic interior mirror
Fixed glass roofHeated windscreen wiper blade area
Lateral electrified Scorpion signature logoLED blinker
LED DRL with Abarth daylights signatureLED low ang high beam headlights
LED rear lightsOne touch up/down power windows
Rear diffuser with cool white insertsRear fog lights
Rear window defrosterRear wiper
Solid paintTitanium grey mirror caps
Welcoming / Leaving lightsWindows defroster

Interior Features

12V power socket in luggage area1st row dome lamp
2 seat bench in second row4 way manually adjustable passenger seat
50:50 split back rear seat6 way manually adjustable drivers seat
Alcantara upholsteryAutomatic air conditioning
Auxilliary 12V power socketCargo box
Central armrest with acid yellow and blue double stitching and closed consoleDashboard white backlight
Driver and passenger front seat pocketsElectrically driven temperature control
EV indications on instrument cluster and head unitFront integrated headrests with satin chrome plate and lasered acid green scorpion
Gear selector buttons in piano black finishingHeated front seats
Kick plate with Abarth scorpionLED spot light on central dashboard
One pedal driveOne side trunk light
Poison blue strap for front seatsPremium leather and alcantara soft touch sporty steering wheel with poison blue 12h insert
Premium sporty seats with diagonal scorpion embossingRear head restraints
Rigid cargo coverSingle front passenger seat
Sporty steel pedals with Abarth scorpionSteel door sill plates with Abarth lettering relief
Steering wheel with audio controlsTelescopic steering column

Passive Safety

ABS/EBDAutonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) & Vulnerable Road User (VRU) Protection
e-breakinge-latch system
Electronic parking brakeFront and rear seatbelt reminder

Security

Abarth wearable keyKeyless Go
Passive entry 

Trim

Alcantara embossed dashboard with grey matte metachrome ringDark ambience interior (pillars and headliner)
Premium door panels with sporty double stitching 

Wheels

18" diamond-cut titanium grey alloy wheelsFix and go puncture repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty70Battery Capacity in kWh42.2
Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins)915Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change0-100
Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW3Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins)255
Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change0-100Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW11
Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Charge Time (Mins)35Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Percentage Change0-80
Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Power Supply - kW85Battery TypeLithium-ion
Charging Port LocationRight Side RearCoupler/Connector TypeCCS Type 2
Maximum Charging Rate - kW85Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage100000
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years8Usable Battery Capacity37.8
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb18.1WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb3.4
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb253WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb157

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)0 

Engine and Drive Train

CC1Gears1 SPEED
TransmissionAUTO 

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC0
Badge Power155Coin SeriesScorpionissima
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0723DService Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage9000Special EditionTrue
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage100000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7Engine Power - BHP155
Engine Power - KW114Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Torque - LBS.FT173Engine Torque - MKG23.97
Engine Torque - NM235Top Speed96

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelN/A

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front205/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear205/40 R18Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleDiamond-cut Titanium greyWheel Type18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1518Length3673
Wheelbase2322Width1682
Width (including mirrors)1900 

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight1795Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)550
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)185Max. Loading Weight385
Minimum Kerbweight1410No. of Seats4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb9.7
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Abarth 500e

The Abarth 500e sees this tiny Italian brand take its first EV step. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

Abarth proves that small EVs needn't be boring with this full-battery hot hatch, the 500e. We're promised it will drive, handle and even sound like the company's previous rorty little petrol models. But that the heart and soul here is pure Abarth.

Background

It's difficult to think of a brand less suited to the EV generation than Abarth. The company's Fiat-based sports models are all about loud, noisy, profligate performance and nimble handling. Everything you can't usually have in most EVs. Except possibly this one, the Abarth 500e. Some parts of the brand's very vocal community of owners have been less than enthusiastic about the prospect of this full-battery model, but the company says the 500e has been developed in the name of performance in the very best traditions of founder Carlo Abarth. Ultimately, this model will replace the marque's 595 and 695 petrol hot hatch models - and not before time, given that they've been on sale in various guises since 2009. But is a 500e a really a true Abarth? Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

Sound is what sells an Abarth. Always has. So to be successful, 500e has to sound like no EV ever has. It does. The brand has installed a set of speakers beneath the car to faithfully reproduce the engine note of one of its rorty petrol powerplants. And the speakers are linked to the throttle so that as you accelerate, the sound builds, just as it would in a 595 or 695. It sounds remarkably realistic too - and you don't have to take our word for it; a sound generator on the Abarth website will play the powerplant to you. You might dismiss that as a gimmick, but you can't argue with the performance facts here. Namely that the 500e is an all-round faster car than the 595 petrol model it replaces - which doesn't initially seem very likely given that it's much heavier and has 20bhp less in total output. Set against that though, is that the full 152bhp output is of course available immediately, rather than hampered by the turbo lag you'd get in the petrol versions. That instant torque (234Nm of it) propels the car from rest to 62mph in just 7 seconds flat. Even more significant is the 25 to 37mph overtaking increment time of just 1.5 seconds (a full second faster than the 595). 12 to 25mph takes only a second (50% faster even than the 695). Abarth says the car is a second faster around Alfa Romeo's Balocco test track than the 695. There's the usual single-speed EV auto transmission and you work it through three drive modes - 'Turismo', 'Scorpion Street' and 'Scorpion Track' - which can alter brake regen strength and power output.

Design and Build

We're looking here at the fixed-top model, but there's also a cabrio version offered too with a folding fabric sunroof-style top. Either way, you might be surprised just how different this Abarth 500e is from its Fiat 500 EV donor model. Even under the skin where it has a wheelbase 24mm longer and a track 60mm wider. As you'd expect, stuff you can see looks more aggressive too - lights, diffuser, skirts and bumpers are all of course Abarth-specific. Inside, just as with the old car, there's a sportier take on the donor Fiat model. There's scorpion branding everywhere, lots of Alcantara trimming and a satisfyingly chunky 3-spoke sports steering wheel. Plus you get a 'wearable' Abarth key and there are bespoke graphics and dedicated 'Performance Pages' for the 10.25-inch central infotainment screen. This display runs Fiat's latest 'U connect 5' media system and can deliver navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot and 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. There's a circular instrument panel as before but, as you might expect from EV, it's now fully digital. Those condemned to a seat in the rear will find that this EV generation model's 2cm wheelbase increase means that things aren't quite as cramped as before. Out back, there's a compact 185-litre boot with either body style.

Market and Model

Pricing starts from around £34,000 upwards for the base fixed-top model; there's a £3,000 premium for the Cabrio version. You can get the fixed-top version in plusher 'Turismo' form from just over £38,000, with again, a £3,000 premium for the Cabrio, though by then you'd be spending well over £41,000. Standard across the range is a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with 'Performance Pages') and a 7-inch TFT instrument cluster display with dedicated Abarth graphics. the standard model also gets the Abarth Sound Generator and a JBL Premium Audio System. The 500e also gets an Abarth-branded version of the 'MyFiat' app, through which you can remotely interact with your car. Via this app, you can also schedule charging, find a public charger and check battery status. Stretch to the 'Turismo' version and you get 18-inch diamond-cut Titanium Grey alloy wheels, an alcanatara-trimmed dashboard and an alcantara and leather sports steering wheel. Plus heated front seats, a wireless charging pad, a rear-view camera with 360-degree sensors, heated mirrors and windscreen, keyless entry and go, and a blind spot warning system. A fixed glass roof is standard on the hatchback version of Abarth 500e Turismo.

Cost of Ownership

Don't expect the driving range figure to quite match the best-possible 199 mile figure of the Fiat 500 EV donor car - given the racier electric motor and the weight of all those bodywork add-ons. But it won't be far short of that. And the charging system (like this car's 42kWh battery) is of course just the same. The Abarth 500e features an 85kW DC rapid charging system that can recharge from empty to 80% capacity in just 35 minutes and can provide the car with 31 miles of driving range in just 5 minutes. Buyers can also get a wall charging box that offers 3kW charging and apparently doesn't need to be professionally installed. This wallbox can be upgraded to allow for 7.4kW charging at home. That 7.4kW wall box allows you to fully charge this electric Abarth in just over 6 hours. The car also comes with a mode 3 cable for charging at up to 11kW from a public charging point. It can be charged via AC or DC power points. As usual with an Abarth, this car is covered by a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty and there's 36 months of breakdown cover included as well. Should you have a problem on a journey, you can use the 'Uconnect' infotainment system to contact roadside assistance. What else might you need to know? Well, servicing intervals are every year or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. Owners can keep up to date with their car's maintenance schedule via the 'My Car' section of that 'MyFiat' app, which briefs you on the time of your next service and various maintenance issues.

Summary

This is but the first episode in a brand-new Abarth story, one that founder Carlo Abarth could never have dreamed of. And it'll help this fledgling Italian brand that, for the time being anyway, this 500e has a clear run at the market for small EV hot hatches. That's emboldened them to charge plenty for this little battery-powered shopping rocket; for the money, you can obviously get a much larger EV. But in terms of fun-per-kilowatt-hour, there's nothing to touch this car at this price point and we're not sure if there ever will be. The best Abarth EVer? Future faster versions of this car will more clearly challenge for that title. But this one stakes a creditable claim.

Performance
80%
Handling
80%
Comfort
50%
Space
50%
Styling
80%
Build
60%
Value
60%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
50%

* Figures for fuel consumption, the CO2 produced, and/or the pure electric range are provided for comparative purposes only and are based on laboratory testing. The actual figures under real world driving conditions will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions, vehicle load and the health of the battery.

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47 monthly payments of£609.87
Deposit£249
Total amount payable£40,816.39
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Representative APR8.9%
Cash price£32,998
Credit amount£32,749
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge13.1p per mile
Completion fee£1
Optional final payment£11,902.50
Term (months)48

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