The interior is all style and aggression, even the boot with its Beats subwoofer is built for party time.

The now-standard, upgraded 5.0-inch UConnect infotainment interface is worlds ahead of the previous system and can be had with navigation too – no more funny little tom-tom to plug into the top of the dashboard.

The seats are comfortable and supportive, and despite lacking telescopic adjustments, the steering wheel and I were well-matched. The lack of back-up camera surprised me but the $375 rear park assist was helpful.

“Why do you need those things in a tiny car like this?” I hear you ask. “Are you such a muppet you can’t even park properly?” – well, yes.

But also I park in a downtown condo garage, where I squeeze my cars in with up to two motorcycles, and a pushbike – it helps me to get as close to those things as I can without hitting them. The help is therefore welcome.

In my downtown condo garage this Fiat was a darling, by the way. Not only because it is small and has a tiny little turning circle, but because its charm enamoured many of my neighbours. I’ve said this before about these 500s – they are probably the most charming little cars on the road right now, with the possible exception of the Nissan Micra.

Warranty:
3 years/60,000 km; 5 years/100,000 km powertrain; 3 years/unlimited distance corrosion perforation; 5 years/100,000 km roadside assistance

Competitors:
Ford Fiesta
Mini Cooper
Nissan Micra
Volkswagen Beetle

And the only thing better than being charming, is being fun. The Fiat 500 Abarth is both.

Pricing: 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth
Base Price:
$27,995
Options: Comfort and Convenience Pack (Sirius XM, automatic climate control, heated front seats) – $795, Power sunroof – $1,200, GPS – $495, mirror cap and bodyside stripe – $275, Beats premium audio – $498, 17×7-inch aluminum wheels – $995, rear park assist – $375
A/C Tax: $100
Freight and PDI: $1,795
Price as Tested: $34,520

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