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Abarth 500e Cabriolet: what is it worth on a daily basis?

A Car Plus, our tests are not limited to technical tests. Putting ourselves in the drivers’ shoes remains our priority. The proof with these selected pieces.

PHOTOS: A. SAUNIER

At risks making lovers of the famous Scorpion cringe, Abarth is going electric! And who says electric, says silence… A shame for a brand whose creator, Carlo Abarth, originally manufactured exhaust pipes with a crackling sound, which were, subsequently, the main characteristic of his cars… For the ‘Abarth 500e, a sound generator was designed for “ recreate the perfect roar . We were looking forward to driving an electric car that “makes noise”! Except that this functionality, which was fitted to our test model, is only offered as an option in a pack (with JBL premium audio system), billed at €1,500! And what’s more, this is only available on the top-of-the-range Turismo finish, costing €44,300(1) (excluding bonus of €5,000) in convertible version! The sound is expensive… But beyond this “detail”, what is this Abarth 500e Cabriolet with 155 hp and a 42 kWh battery really worth? Will it be more “civilized” and/or less electrifying than the 180 hp thermal 695? And what does it offer more than the 118 hp Fiat 500e, apart from its more “mean” look? This is what we wanted to know by using it daily for a week. Approval, autonomy, practical aspects… Verdict!

PHOTOS: A. SAUNIER

PHOTOS: A. SAUNIER

PHOTOS: A. SAUNIER

PHOTOS: A. SAUNIER

PHOTOS: A. SAUNIER

PHOTOS: A. SAUNIER

PHOTOS: A. SAUNIER

This electric-style Abarth 500, which is also a convertible, is pleasant to live with on a daily basis. Above all thanks to its handling and comfort, certainly still firm, but improved compared to that of the 695 thermal. The car, however, is less exhilarating, even with the artificial sound. In addition, we will be hampered by the autonomy, even more restricted than that of the Fiat 500e, and by its fairly high price.

1. An entry-level finish is also available from €42,300 (Abarth 500e Cabriolet Pack).

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