2012 Fiat 500 User Reviews
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- $12,126 - $16,222
- No trim specified for this review
- Engine Growl, Exterior Design, Spunkiness, Value
- Cabin Space!
Purchased As New
First and most importantly, I LOVE that the Abarth is only offered in Stick YEA! And secondly, that it has more power than it's European cousin! I own an Audi TT which is stick AWD. Could not find a vehicle with stick in AWD (no Subaru for me, thanks!). So my choices were very limited, and came down to Volvo C30 or Fiat Abarth* (*see driving comparison), both FWD. Picked up my car on the 1st of Jan. I assumed I would need the options, leather ($1000), stereo upgrade (750), sport wheels ($1000). At my 4th dealership, the salesman knew his stuff; I discovered the Beats sound system upgrade would take up precious cargo space, and that the sport wheels are suggested to be changed into winter tires (meaning another set of rims and tires). *On a snowy day, prior to buying, I took the Abarth out for a serious run on a snow and ice covered windy road. For a front WD car, it had a good grip (with stock tires not upgraded). I also took a Volvo C30 for a test drive, same day, same road, same conditions and the C30 came in second for hazardous winter conditions. The Abarth is fun, has decent power even without the 'sport' mode engaged. Living in an urban area, people are not respectful or careful in the parking lots etc. My poor TT has suffered some abuse, and the Abarth cost close to half what the TT cost many years ago. Driving is zip zip around, and there's no need for stereo upgrade. XM radio comes free for a year. The cabin is REALLY small and I've ordered organizers to have some storage in the car. The Abarth has a lot of electronics that come standard. I'm enjoying my Abarth and think it's a terrific value. Two suggestions for the next generation Abarth: Adjustable seat heaters (ouch), and please LUMBAR support (none). The seats are not power but that's fine with me. A little sportscar doesn't need such acoutrements! Test drive one, or just go have them turn the ignition switch and enjoy the roar!
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