Abarth 695 RIVALE
Price from: £23,530

Are you looking for a fantastic new small car? Well, look no further as the Abarth 695 RIVALE special series has finally arrived in my review box. 

Yes, its been around a while now but what it combines is the tradition and innovation of two legends from Italian manufacturing. 

Ok, I hear you shout, show me the way to the dealership. Maybe you should hold off until you find out more. Plus I’m not sure you can still buy one as it’s a Limited Edition but, go and look anyway. If you do miss out on getting hold of the 695 RIVALE, then a normal spec 595 is just the ticket.

Power and Efficiency: The little 695 RIVALE is powered by a 1.4 T-jet petrol engine that has 180HP. Top speed comes in around 140mph and a 0-62 time of 6.7sec. Plus, a large amount of torque, 250Nm of it actually.  

Fuel consumption: That’s the best and most pleasing part here. On a combined cycle it returned around 40mpg, I’m not joking. 

The Abarth just sips away saving you bundles on stops at the petrol station but the downside is it only has a 35-litre tank so there may be a few extra fuel stops needed.

On the road: I will keep it simple here. The 695 is the perfect car to scoot about in because it’s poised, thanks to Abarth giving it a proper racing set-up. The ride is like a rock if I’m being honest but how it pins itself to the road is just stunning.

Design & Technology: On the outside, the 695 is cute and looks the part with its flared arches and large alloy wheels. But, does it look menacing? 

Yes, very much, and if one of these little pocket rockets appears in your rear-view mirror, I suggest you move over. 

On the inside you get 50/50 split folding rear seat with head restraints, seven-inch TFT instrument display, seven-inch touchscreen radio with navigation, Bluetooth, USB, aux-in, audio streaming and DAB, driver’s, airbag, Akrapovic exhaust with carbon fibre tips, automatic climate control, automatic electrochromic mirror, Brembo brake calipers, carplay/android auto, dark tinted windows, electronic stability programme,  MSR and ASR. 

Plus,  electric front windows and central door locking, electric power steering, electrically adjustable door mirrors, fix and go puncture repair kit, front fog lights, heated rear window with wash/wiper, height adjustable driver’s seat and height adjustable steering wheel.

To sum up: If you remember the good old days of a proper Mini and want to rekindle the art of having fun while driving, then pop down to your local Abarth dealer and order a 695 RIVALE. 

I promise you will not be disappointed – unless they are sold out.

If so, buy the 595 Competizione as an other option.