A Fiat 500 Abarth with its Esseesse kit fitted, costs almost as much as a Mini Cooper S while a Renaultsport Clio Cup is cheaper. But the little Fiat comes with a decent range of equipment (including air-conditioning and a CD player with MP3 capacity, auxiliary sockets and its pretend limited-slip diff).
It's also predicted to retain a decent proportion of its value thanks largely to brand kudos and relative rarity.
Economy is respectable, too, at 27.5mpg over the test period. That compares with an official combined consumption figure of 43.5mpg.
CO2 emissions of 155g/km is slightly more than the 136g/km, but enough to bump the little Fiat up by two tax bands with an increased cost roughly the value of a tank of unleaded.