Common Passion – Abarth 595 Scorpioneoro and Fiat 500e 3 + 1 Comparison – Car Engine

In the Abarth, a sleek detail is the turbo pressure gauge behind the wheel, while in the interior of the 500e, elegance plays a major role. The latter (direction) shifter works with buttons instead of an arm, its seats are more comfortable and the space available is larger. The 500e’s digital display is spectacular and informative, with a mode switch, handbrake button and one of the volume controls on the console between the seats. Photo: Balázs Stefler, Gergely Lővei

The retro 500 has a rented place among the immortals, as it is true for few cars that interest in it will not diminish even after 14 years in the market. We have seen countless examples of a successful type being offered in parallel with its successor, but it is rarer that the arrival of a new generation does not obscure its old light. Now Fiat is in the fortunate position of being able to win two different audiences with two marketable retro cars.

In vain we look for the Fiat logo on the front of the two test cars, instead we see Abarth and the 500 logo

Style, design
Undoubtedly, the biggest attraction of the 500 is its design, which at the same time remained true to the original and stands its ground among modern cars. In the case of the Abarth models, too, they touched the basics with a good feel and worried about just as much of them as the legacy of the legendary brand and the hot hatch atmosphere required. The limited edition series of 2,000 is called the Scorpioneoro, meaning the golden scorpion, with gold rims, a decorative stripe and a familiar “coat of arms” from the logo in addition to the bumpy bumpers. While the base color isn’t the friendliest in the Civil 500, the sport’s model is well-suited to Lotus ’classic Formula 1 colors, not just because of its rarity, it’s an exciting phenomenon.

The weak point of the old-new 500 is the seat and driving position. Even the beautiful sports seats at Abarth don’t improve the situation much. The progress is spectacular, the new generation offers a more ergonomic interior, the seat upholstery is embroidered with Fiat

That’s why it was a difficult task to redesign the near-perfect details when designing the latest model to create a fresher yet similarly lovable design. The task was done, the purely electric novelty still charming, yet it seemed a little serious. It looks like a massive minicar, though as it grows, it matters less and less, however, the expansion of a few inches is only noticeable if they stand side by side. The clean lines of the 500e are beautiful and elegant, not only in HUF, they represent a higher price category. The HUF 200,000 polish called Rose gold lends the atmosphere of luxury women’s bags to the Turin product.

The 1.4-turbocharged petrol red valve cover looks good in the tight engine compartment. Around the electric motor, the orange cables represent the colors. The charging cable for the home network fits under the floor of the unchanged 185-liter boot, only the Type 2 cable takes up extra space. However, the capacity of the luggage compartment is small even for two people. The hat holder is a symbolic size

Cabin, practical
There is also a broad consensus among the trade press and owners that the 2007 500 offers a passive interior despite its significantly increased size compared to 1957. There are primarily safety reasons for this, but it can’t be caught on to EuroNCAP that even the Abarth’s sports seats are built high and don’t last much longer than the basic version seats. Despite the typically Italian seating position, the right setting can be found, but tall drivers will still have the wide center console on the way, and the transmission is guaranteed to be at hand. Although only children or lower adults can be accommodated at the back, we can expect a good feeling of space even without a roof that can be opened at the front. The Italians were trying to do something about it, and every extra cent was clearly in the right place.

Both versions have a raison d’être, the 500e can be used everyday and the 595 can be used during the weekends.

In the 500e, the mood is similar, but the supply of space has clearly improved, the seat is much more comfortable and the driving position has been hit. The seat and steering wheel are also more adjustable, and the seating surface has been designed so that the Isofixes child seat can be comfortably placed next to the driver. From a practical point of view, the said extra door is a great advantage, because whether you want to put passengers or shopping back, the design without a B-pillar favors both. Space has been saved with the shift lever replacement buttons, the center console is less on the way. The quality and nature of the materials used is also an improvement, although several have found the style of the new generation a bit cool.

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It’s not easy to count how many places a showy logo has on the Abarth’s body. The 500e has an electric handle, the door closer is thrown up by a classic 500 drawing, similar to the Scorpioneoro plaque

Drive chain, driveability
Looking under the hood, it turns out that the two 500s are actually fire and water, neither of them is trying to be a fuel-efficient small car, and the other is eco-friendly. Not to be overstated on the Abarth either, the 1.4-liter, 165-horsepower petrol gives the charming little car just the extra power it lacks from the soft hybrid version! This is not to say that it is a half-armed giant, or rather a dwarf. he wants us to get the most out of it. Increased turbo pressure in Sport mode, gearshift allocation hit, 6th gear only missing on motorway.

The back row is still only for short journeys for adults, but the extra HUF 700,000 door makes boarding and loading much easier.

Although the 500e’s 220 Nm of torque is 10 times behind that of the Abarth, it’s just as fun to drive, from the analog to the digital world. Electric propulsion, the 118-horsepower electric motor that drives the front wheels, the 37.3 kWh battery and the 1470kg range allow for a range of 305 km, making the 500e urban / suburban considered quite favorable in use. It’s easy to fall in love with this balanced mini during a routine routine that leaves no sense of lack even in petrol-blooded people.

The 595 has comfortable suspension to please passengers. Although the 17-inch wheels shake on major road defects, the grip is excellent

Price, equipment
Anyone who has a toothache on a wolf in sheepskin can take the Abarth 595 from HUF 6,135,000, but for the 165-horsepower performance, he has to choose the Tourist Farm for HUF 7,170,000. The tried-and-tested black specialty is already sold out, but a similar one can still be ordered. Compared to this, the base price of the 500e is not outstanding, the 95-horsepower entry model can be configured from HUF 7,990,000, which can be reduced to HUF 5,490,000 if state support is used. However, a smaller capacity battery is required for this, at least HUF 9,990,000 is requested for the tested version. If the 3 + 1, asymmetrical door arrangement is required, it will increase the bill by an additional HUF 700,000, based on the experience of the test program, it is clearly worth paying the surcharge for. The home charging cable comes at a basic price, but the Type 2 costs 100,000 HUF, except for the tested top model La Prima, to which it is also included. There may be electric cars on the market that offer more space, or even a longer range, but considering we get a retro car for our money, it is a bargain for Italians.

SUMMARY
Old or new? Gasoline or electric? The choice is harder than we first thought, as Abarth is one of the last analog hat hot hats to easily take the fans of the genre off their feet, despite their age. They won’t be disappointed in the 500e either, because it brings the world of purely electric urban driving in a heartfelt style. The solution is a 500e for weekdays and an Abarth 595 for the weekend!


Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.

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