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There are measurably superior hot hatchbacks to the 595 Abarth: some go faster, corner more quickly, are higher powered and lesser priced.

Several better it in less easily measured terms, but ones that are nonetheless more objective than subjective, like ride quality and steering response.

In Competizione trim, the 595 Abarth is a real corker to drive

But after a few miles in the 595 Abarth, you begin to wonder if any of that matters a jot. The hot hatchback's primary prupose - to put a smile on the face of its driver - is something the 595 Abarth does with the verve of few cars within double the 595 Abarth's price.

In Competizione trim, the 595 Abarth is a real corker to drive. Engaging, fun, quick, grippy and raucous. Yes, it lacks polish and, yes, something like a Renault Clio RS is dynamically superior.

Sometimes the Fiat can even be quite draining. But it has the cheek to get away with it. We think it's terrific.