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Why Lease The 595C Convertible?

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Abarth 595C Convertible Review 2023

The Abarth 595C stands out as a unique option among compact hot hatches, offering a distinctive folding fabric roof feature. While it delivers an enjoyable driving experience, its limited cabin space might pose challenges for everyday practicality.

Rivals to the Abarth 595C Convertible include the Ford Fiesta ST and Suzuki Swift Sport.

Our Abarth 595C Convertible review covers:

Abarth 595C Convertible Key Features

  • Harmonious blend of classic Italian charm and aggressive sportiness design
  • Sporty and well-bolstered interior with a premium feel
  • 185-litre boot, expanding to 550 litres with rear seats down
  • Turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine has plenty of poke
  • Two trim levels are available: 165 17" Alloy and Turismo

Abarth 595C Convertible Pros and Cons:


  • Premium Interior
  • Sporty Performance
  • Eye-Catching Design


  • Ride Comfort
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Limited Cabin Space

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The design of the new Abarth 595C Convertible strikes a balance between sporty aggression and Italian elegance. Its compact dimensions are accentuated by sharp lines, bold accents, and a distinctive front grille that bears the iconic Abarth scorpion logo. The folding fabric roof adds a touch of flair and can be retracted with ease, allowing you to experience the thrill of open-air driving. The interior continues the sporty theme, with well-bolstered seats, a driver-focused layout, and high-quality materials that contribute to a premium feel.

Abarth 595C Convertible Exterior

While the Abarth 595C Convertible is primarily focused on delivering driving excitement, practicality is a consideration. The compact size of the car might pose challenges in terms of accommodating taller passengers comfortably, especially on longer journeys. The cabin space could feel limited, particularly for rear-seat passengers. It's worth considering if the car's primary use involves carrying passengers frequently.

One area where the practicality might be compromised is the boot space. The folding fabric roof mechanism typically occupies a portion of the trunk when retracted, reducing the available cargo space. The Abarth 595C Convertible has a boot space of 185-litres expanding to 550 litres with rear seats down. As a result, the boot is smaller compared to non-convertible models in the Abarth 595 lineup.

Interior and Trims

The interior of the new Abarth 595C Convertible is a combination of sportiness, comfort, and modern connectivity. The driver-oriented cockpit reflects the car's performance-focused nature, with a dashboard layout designed for easy access to essential controls. The use of high-quality materials, such as premium upholstery and soft-touch surfaces, adds a touch of refinement to the cabin.

The well-bolstered seats not only provide comfort during spirited driving but also help keep the driver and front passenger securely in place. The compact dimensions of the car might influence the cabin space, and while the front seats tend to offer ample comfort, the rear seats could be relatively snug, suitable for shorter journeys or occasional use.

Technology-wise, the Abarth 595C Convertible offers modern infotainment features, including touchscreen displays, smartphone integration, and navigation options. These systems contribute to the overall driving experience, ensuring you stay connected and entertained on the road.

Two trim levels are available: 165 17" Alloy and Turismo.

The 595C model is the initial offering within the Abarth convertible lineup. It comes equipped with Koni suspension as a standard feature, along with 17-inch alloy wheels and a dashboard finished in matte black. Additionally, the package includes a steering wheel crafted from a combination of part-leather and Alcantara materials.

Turismo models includes the introduction of aluminium trim elements, specialized pedals, and unique floor mats. The model also features tinted windows, sports suspension for improved performance, 17-inch alloy wheels, and xenon headlamps for enhanced visibility.

Power and Performance

The Abarth 595C promises an equally enjoyable driving experience as its hardtop counterpart. The turbocharged 1.4-liter petrol engine, even in its base 160hp configuration, offers ample power that brings a smile to your face every time you hit the road. With the convertible top down, you'll relish every pop and crackle from the exhaust. While the Ford Fiesta ST boasts quicker acceleration and heightened agility on twisty routes, the Abarth holds its own.

However, it's worth noting that the Abarth 595C is not as comfortable as most compact hot hatches, though the difference isn't substantial. It tends to jostle more over uneven roads compared to the hardtop version. On the positive side, the Abarth 595C handles city driving just as easily as its Fiat 500 base model thanks to its compact size and generous windows.

Abarth 595C Convertible Interior

When driving on highways, expect noticeable wind and tire noise, which can become tiring during long journeys. Additionally, it's important to mention that cruise control is not available for the Abarth 595C, and it lacks automatic emergency braking for low-speed collision prevention.

Considering these aspects, if your intention is mainly to enjoy spirited drives along country lanes with the wind in your hair, the Abarth 595C is an appealing choice as a compact hot hatch. Just be prepared to tolerate its firmer suspension and less advanced interior technology.

Leasing vs Buying

The Abarth 595C Convertible is now available for purchase at a starting on-the-road price of £24,274.22*, or it can be leased with monthly payments starting from £315.20.

If you're considering leasing a Abarth 595C Convertible, we proudly offer excellent car leasing services in the UK. Our leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, road tax, breakdown insurance, and free delivery to most areas of the UK mainland (excluding specific regions).

Leasing a Abarth 595C Convertible can often be a more financially advantageous option compared to purchasing outright, thanks to the fixed monthly payments, variable mileage options, low initial rental, and flexible contract durations.

It's important to note that the 'on-the-road' price mentioned includes a year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee, and a number plate fee. Please be aware that this price is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change. To get the most up-to-date information, we recommend contacting your nearest retailer.