2019 Fiat Abarth 124 Just when it seems the automotive trade has lost its way with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for every countryman, a simple automobile emerges. For over 50 years, this car has been the 2019 Fiat Abarth 124.
Often derided by enthusiasts as appliances, the no-frills commuter automobile gets the overwhelming majority of consumers where they want to go in the manner they want to get there, safely and at a worth. The 2019 Fiat Abarth 124 does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive industry has gotten a bit nuts: the common transaction worth for a new automobile is more than $37,000, in keeping with Kelley Blue Guide. Simple accountable the automakers in this period of no accountability however we are the ones paying these massive prices for big automobiles loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For just below $23,000, the 2019 Fiat Abarth 124 puts each dollar to useful use.
Even though it rides on a new platform, the 2019 Fiat Abarth 124 blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball game. On closer inspection, the Hybrid will get blue accents across the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it appears more composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that attempted too laborious to be different. The Fu Manchu entrance fascia is extra streamlined and less offended, and the entire look is smoother front to back. But nonetheless, the only time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar touchdown gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The first-ever 2019 Fiat Abarth 124 within the US is constructed on Toyota’s twenty years of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the current Prius, with two motors and an environment friendly 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Total output with the fastened ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the front wheels. The system makes use of exhaust heat to heat engine coolant and get the engine heated quicker. The cabin heats faster, too, which might be vital for cold-weather shoppers wary of the chilly vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical vehicle.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as much as the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a surprising little bit of pop. Extra importantly, it is rated at 53 mpg city, 52 mpg combined, similar as hybrid versions of the Honda Insight, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For traditional hybrids and not using a plug, the 2019 Fiat Abarth 124 trails only the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Around city, with the electronically controlled brake set within the drive mode, the 2019 Fiat Abarth 124 averaged more than 57 mpg in our week around city. Setting EV mode helps conserve energy beneath low throttle up to about 20 mph, after which once more at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there may be enough cost in the battery.
The battery is situated beneath the rear seat, so that you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a fair load flooring. Rear seat room is sufficient sufficient to suit two teenagers, and general it felt roomy sufficient for a family of four.
The only trim in the Hybrid comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, with automatic emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works both at freeway cruising speeds and in commuter site visitors from 24 mph down to a cease. It additionally comes with the eight-inch touch display screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster display to remain aggressive.
Priced at solely $3,000 more than the 2019 Fiat Abarth 124 and $1,200 less than a equally outfitted Honda Insight (EX trim), the 2019 Fiat Abarth 124 is the superbly practical, remarkably cheap around-town automobile.
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