View Full Version : Washington Post's Warren Brown reviews the Fiat 500 Abarth

06-03-2012, 09:19 AM
Mostly positive review from Warren Brown, weekly car reviewer for the Washington Post. He found the Abarth a "hoot" to drive, however he doesn't recommend buying the Abarth for teens because of the power and low collision ratings:


06-03-2012, 09:36 AM
I think he's downplaying how safe it actually is. Just from the few and unfortunate accident photos we've seen on here, it's held it's own.

He is 100% right on one thing - it is addictive to drive. For the first time, I don't mind driving me and my better half everywhere, and he doesn't complain about my driving. :onthego:

06-03-2012, 11:57 AM
I have one problem...nice write-up except for the safety aspect, the car recieved Europes top impact rating across the board and beats out the mini as far as cage rigidity(roof crumple on impact), but here in this country under similiar testing does so-so as far as impact ratings go. My question is what are the differences as far as crash tests(I dont see any signifigant ones)? The 500 scored #1 as far as crash tests are concerned and here in the US it gets so-so ratings by the NHTSA. IIHS rated the 500 with excellent marking also.

If you havent seen it yet....this little car can take a massive hit.


06-04-2012, 01:48 PM
Nice review. but I have a pet peeve of wrong specs reviewers put online. I don't understand it.

Right at the beginning, the Abarth is not 7 inches shorter than the MINI cooper, (only 2.2 i think because Abarth is longer than 500). And it is not the only car longer than a Smart for 2, the scion IQ is 120.1 inches long.