Getting in the Abarth 500, you are first greeted by a sporty, three-spoke steering wheel and a pair of supportive front seats which look like they came off a toy car. The steering wheel is engulfed in leather, with its center hub being complemented by a rather large Abarth logo.
The best looking bit about the dashboard is probably the center rev meter, which right sits inside the tachometer dial. Left from the dashboard is a turbocharger pressure gauge which also houses a rather annoying "shift" indicator. Thankfully, the shift indicator only works when the "Sport" button isn't pressed.
Just like in any other Fiat 500, the center console is part Panda part 500, with more than a couple of details distinguishing the two. In the Abarth version there are two extra buttons though. The aforementioned "Sport" one - which increases the engine torque, makes the steering more direct and increases the accelerator response – and one for the "Torque Transfer Control" function, which is a virtual limited slip differential for those hard corners.
A trio of sports pedals are also part of the Abarth version, while the funny-looking gear shifter is covered in leather. Apart from everything mentioned, the most surprising Abarth addition to the interior are the front seats. Pretty sporty-looking with those red stitches and a red stripe down the middle, our main quarrel with them was the rather low side-bolster support and the fact that they can prove to be a bit uncomfortable on longer trips.
As in any other Fiat 500, the rear bench is a bit cramped for two adults, therefore we would suggest to fit three or four persons inside only for shorter drives. The luggage compartment is just right for this segment, with 185 liters (6.5 cubic feet) of volume with the rear bench in its normal position.
All in all, the interior of the Abarth 500 is a very nice (and cozy) place to sit in, especially while putting the TTC system and those 135 horsepower to good use on some serpentine road. The retro bits from the regular 500 are all there, while the sporty additions complement them just fine. Continue reading