Abarth 595 Leasing Guide | Car Leasing Guru

The Best Abarth 595 To Lease Is:

The 1.4 T-Jet 165 Turismo 70th Anniversary 3dr Auto


The 1.4 T-Jet 165 Turismo 70th Anniversary 3dr Manual

The Worst Abarth 595 Is:

The 1.4 T-Jet 145 70th Anniversary 3dr.



This is a common theme with manufacturers, they do not seem to understand the implications of spec and the ‘value’  that certain items can add to their residual value (RV). For example, safety items add zero value to an RV unless their brand ethos and principles are based on those attributes (think Volvo).

Abarth, in this example at least… have added much more meaningful items to the ‘Turismo’ specification than the base (Anniversary) model, thus making the base model less desirable; making it cheaper in the 2nd hand market, therefore reducing its overall value. This reduction is what you would be paying for over the course of a lease, hence why we have recommended the Turismo model.

We gave the 1.4 T-Jet 165 Turismo 70th Anniversary 3dr manual a 6.7 / 10 in terms of value for money compared with other models in the range. This number is a pure mathematical equation, not our personal opinion.

Whilst on paper, we are recommending specific Abarth 595’s to lease or buy, the total cost of the vehicle at the end of your lease or finance agreement still doesn’t look like the most economically viable purchase. I’ll talk more about this in the ‘value for money’ section if you want to skip ahead.

So if you are searching for Abarth 595 car leasing deals, cheap car leasing, or just general car leasing, the two vehicles we recommend are the best ones to go for in terms of overall value for money.

See below for a detailed breakdown:

Car Leasing Guru Score

The Car Leasing Guru scoring system is based on the overall value a particular vehicle offers.

We do not single out specific terms and mileages, instead, we concentrate on the entirety of a lease over multiple terms and mileages to create an overall score.

This score is converted into a meaningful number between 0 and 10 so that you can better understand which vehicle offers the best value. I’ve included the definition for the category the Abarth 595 sits in, as it got a 6.7 to a 6.8 overall.

– Okay – Much like vehicles that sit in the 7.0 to 7.9 range, there are better vehicles to pick than these ones. We’d recommend looking at other models in the range to see if you can get a better price. Oftentimes you’ll find something with more specification and actually pay less…

Examples include:

  • Hyundai I40 Saloon – 1.6 GDi Blue Drive SE Nav 4dr (Score: 6.7)
  • Jeep Wrangler Hard Top – 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8 (Score: 6.8)
  • Mazda 6 Saloon – 2.0 SE-L Nav+ 4dr (Score: 6.1)
  • Suzuki Jimny Estate – 1.5 SZ4 AllGrip 3dr (Score: 6.8)

See other scores here:

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Value For Money

There are a few specifications to choose from in the 595 range, but we’ll just concentrate on two for the time being. The base model ‘Anniversary’ and the next level up, the ‘Turismo’. The Turismo easily offers the best value for money when looking at the entire Abarth 595 range.

The 595 range comes with a 1.4 T-Jet engine with both a manual and automatic gearbox available. You can also choose between a 145, 165 and 180bhp power output.

As mentioned above, the issue that Abarth has; is not that they haven’t layered their products correctly from a specification point of view, but that they haven’t assigned enough meaningful specification to the base ‘Anniversary’ model. This has a knock-on effect for the other products in their line-up.


There is a very clear specification difference between the basic ‘Anniversary’ and ‘Turismo’ models.

The basic Anniversary gets:

  • 5″ touchscreen
  • Bluetooth and DAB
  • Air Conditioning
  • 16″ alloy wheels and ventilated brake discs.

The Turismo model gets:

  • 7′” touchscreen
  • Bluetooth and DAB
  • Navigation
  • 17″ alloy wheels
  • climate control
  • high-performance perforated discs
  • Koni rear suspension
  • leather seats
  • tinted rear windows
  • Apple Car Play
  • Android Auto
  • rear parking sensors
  • dusk and rain sensors.

Generally, we will always look for the smallest amount you would pay over the course of the lease, at the same time I will also look at how much value the cheapest lease actually offers you.

There is no point in Car Leasing Guru suggesting the cheapest possible lease if all you get is a steering wheel and a windscreen, especially when you might be able to pay £10 per month extra and get a significant increase in the specification, exterior design, engine performance or economy. In this instance that’s why we’ve picked the Turismo model. It offers the most convenience options without breaking the bank.

The 1.4 T-Jet 165 Turismo 70th Anniversary 3dr is £3,200 more expensive at retail than the 145bhp Anniversary model, however, our system calculates that you will only pay an extra £636 over the course of a 2 year / 10,000 m/pa lease. In makes more economical and financial sense to get the larger 165bhp engine with the additional specification and only pay an extra £26.50 per month in our opinion.

You can see on the graph below how the vehicles are priced by Abarth. If you compare this price against the total lease cost, you can clearly see why we recommend the 1.4 T-Jet 165 Turismo 70th Anniversary 3dr. This is also highlighted by something called the ‘percentage of list’, which I’ve explained below.

Abarth 595 On The Road

Percentage Of List

The ‘percentage of list’ is the difference between the capital cost (OTR price) and the Residual Value (RV). This shows, at a glance, exactly where value is attributed as a percentage. The lower the number, the better the percentage of list. This is usually a good indication of “value for money”.

Looking at the percentages within the graph below, you can see that they run at around 43.9% or so for a 2 year lease, up to 52.3% on a more realistic 3 year lease. This means you will be paying between 43.9% to 52.3% of the total value of that vehicle before you hand it back. You will pay substantially more depending on which model you pick.

Leasing companies normally don’t read the percentage of list in this way, they actually read it in the opposite way. They would say that the vehicle has 65% of its value left, not that someone would spend 35% of the vehicle’s value. This is because they want to know what the value of the vehicle is at the end of its lease and make any adjustments where necessary from a financial risk perspective. Just makes the calculation easier on their end.

The percentage can give you a good indication of “value” but it also needs to be double-checked against the ‘On The Road’ price. Otherwise, a Ferrari would look like good value for money if we didn’t double-check the overall price and only looked at the percentage of list…

595 Percentage of list

*miles per annum (e.g. 24m / 20k = 40,000 miles)

The Total Lease Cost

Hopefully, the process outlined above gives you some indication on why we picked the 1.4 T-Jet 165 Turismo 70th Anniversary 3dr over the other models.

It has one of the lowest percentage of list at 2 years (45.3%), and it also has one of the lowest overall costs over the course of a lease. If you pick a longer-term, the monthly payments would be less, because you are spreading the cost, but if you want to get the most value for money, then it is best to get the 1.4 T-Jet 165 Turismo 70th Anniversary 3dr model.

Abarth 595 Cost

Why The Difference In Price?

This is all to do with something called the Residual Value, or RV for short. This is a price that’s assigned to a vehicle at the end of its useable life. So from a leasing perspective, the end of its useable life is at the end of its term, because the leasing company is simply going to sell that vehicle, and it’s going to have another life with another customer. So the end of the useable life from a leasing perspective is essentially however long you lease that vehicle for, and they’re trying to understand the value at the end of the lease.

You will have to make the judgment on whether the 1.4 T-Jet 165 Turismo 70th Anniversary 3dr model is worth the extra £636 over the course of a 2 year lease compared with the Anniversary model. For us, it is, but the decision rests with you.

Thank You!

This is just some basic analysis that will hopefully help you understand the value of an Abarth 595 lease a little better. Remember to use our custom leasing system on the homepage to find out what you should be paying to lease this car, or send us an enquiry and we will answer any questions you have.

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