Find a car review

Make
Model

Abarth Fiat Punto Evo review

We drive the new Abarth hot hatch, a 163bhp version of the smart Fiat Punto Evo

Evo rating
Price
from £16,500
  • Looks good, clever engine
  • Artificial steering weighting

What is it?The Punto Evo was launched at the start of the year with its clever MultiAir 1.4-litre engine and 133bhp. Now Abarth have added another 30bhp on top of that, tweaked the suspension and given it a racy styling makeover.Technical highlightsThe MultiAir engine is very fuel efficient thanks to the hydraulic control of the inlet valves, and combined with a larger Garrett turbine produces 163bhp. It also uses an electronic diff (TTC) to get that power on the road effectively. What’s it like to driveDifficult to give a definitive answer at this stage as our test drive was limited to Fiat’s test track at Balocco, however it feels as if the chassis has been improved over the last Abarth Punto, being more stable and responsive than before. The steering has more weight, but it’s a little artificial. How does it compare?It lacks the intimate involvement of the Renaultsport Clio, but we won’t really know where it slots into the big hot hatch scheme until we get a punt in the UK.

Anything else I need to know?There will be a more powerful (180bhp+) Esseesse version arriving in November, so might be worth waiting for that one.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

Specifications

EngineIn-line 4-cyl, 1368cc, turbocharged
Max power163bhp @ 5000rpm
Max torque184lb ft @ 2250rpm
0-607.9sec (claimed 0-62mph)
Top speed132mph
On saleNow, £16,500
Advertisement
Advertisement

Have You Considered

Visit/mercedes/gle/201748/2019-mercedes-gle400d-review-a-worthy-original
Mercedes GLE

2019 Mercedes GLE400d review – a worthy original

12 Sep 2019
Visit/porsche/porsche-911-carrera-4/201744/2019-porsche-911-carrera-4-and-carrera-4-cabriolet-detailed
Porsche 911 Carrera 4

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet detailed

12 Sep 2019
Visit/mercedes/201726/mercedes-amg-electric-car-to-target-porsche-taycan-and-tesla-model-s
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG electric car to target Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S

10 Sep 2019
Visit/volkswagen/18328/2020-volkswagen-id3-revealed-vws-electric-revolution-is-here
Volkswagen

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 revealed - VW’s electric revolution is here

9 May 2019

Most Popular

Visit/features/17721/the-best-family-cars-that-are-fun-to-drive
Best cars

Best family cars that are still fun to drive

Saloon, hatchback or SUV, family cars come in all shapes and sizes, and needn’t be a snore to drive. These are some of the team’s favourites.
13 Sep 2019
Visit/abarth/201755/2020-abarth-595-pista-arrives-with-162bhp
Abarth 595

2020 Abarth 595 Pista arrives with 162bhp

The supermini has been given a new Garrett turbocharger, paint options and tweaks inside
13 Sep 2019
Visit/buying-advice/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
Features

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
13 Sep 2019
Visit/features/22872/goodyear-eagle-f1-supersport-the-toughest-test-advertisement-feature
Advertisement Feature

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport (advertisement feature)

We went to Bedford Autodrome to find out what evo readers think of Goodyear’s new Eagle F1 SuperSport Ultra Ultra High Performance tyres
10 Jul 2019