A 595 Abarth with its Competizione kit fitted, costs more than a Mini Cooper S and a Renaultsport Clio RS Nav. 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), however both its closest competition include more luxuries such as an all-singing and dancing infotainment system.
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.