The new standard turbocharged engine delivers a little more punch than the wheezy, old base engine. Real attitude comes with the Abarth model, which boasts 160 horsepower and a throaty exhaust that’s not afraid to announce itself with the occasional crackle.
While the base 1.4-liter engine is more potent than previous year’s base power plants, it's still underpowered, leading to frustration when getting up to highway speeds. Plus, the standard five-speed manual transmission is sloppy and its throws are too long, which is irritating in stop-and-go traffic.
The ride is also nothing to write home about – unless you want to write about needing your liver repositioned because of all the bouncing around. And there's no payoff in handling for all this bounciness either.