10 October 2019

Today it's a hot hatchback challenge, between a Mini John Cooper Works 3dr hatch - let's call it the Mini JCW - and the Abarth 595 Competizione.

These are two lairy, good fun, wildly characterful hot hatches. They might not be the ultimate in keenness - you'd look to something like the Ford Fiesta ST if you wanted the greatest all rounder in the class - but they both offer something unique and entertaining.

The Mini JCW has a big 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with plenty of power and its sophisticated chassis ought to make it very capable. The Abarth 595 is a more curious hatch - a city car with aggressive looks and the aggression turned up to 11.

We like them both. But which will our expert road testers, Mauro Calo and Matt Prior, think is the best? Join us on the roads of Wales in the height of, er, summer, as we find out.


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GZ 26 October 2019


Abarth like all Ital cars are special...love our 695 Rivale, but only one prob its been at the dealers for the last month awaiting a new gearbox/clutch and parts to arrive at 5kmiles!!

Peter Cavellini 18 October 2019

Your choice.......?

 Yes!, not mine though , Teutonic please!

manatad 15 October 2019

No Abarth enthusiast would be seen dead in a mini

Great post! Speed was a regular issue. thanks to autocar. it is resolved now.