Abarth has hit this nail squarely on the head. If you want the most stylish and funky warm hatch on the market, this is unquestionably it. The Abarth 595 looks great and is quick enough to entertain, yet not so overblown that it brings with it massive bills. In short, it's perfectly pitched, even if you can only afford the base 145bhp model. Citroen's DS3 comes close, but Abarth has really upped the standard and offered all of those cool design cues in an even more distilled form. Of course, there will be some who sniff at the relatively modest power outputs and claim that this car could be faster, ignoring the fact that extra power would probably ruin its delightful handling balance.
Whether you choose the standard, Turismo or Competizione variants, hard top or soft top, manual or MTA paddle shift gearbox, it's hard not to find a place in your heart for a car this cheeky. You'll need to keep an eye on the price you end up paying when looking at option packs, but other than that, there's not much cause for complaint here.