The Abarth 124 Spider costs more than the equivalent Fiat, while the gap to the Mazda MX-5 is larger still, so you're paying a lot for the extra performance. It’s worth remembering that for not much more than the Abarth you can have an Audi TT Roadster that is much more spacious, plusher insider and cheaper to run.
It's not all bad news, though, because the Abarth returns the same 44.1mpg as the Fiat and is more efficient than the more powerful of the two MX-5s.
All three cars come from the same Mazda production line in Japan, too, which bodes well for reliability, because Mazda sits near the top of our reliability charts, some way above Fiat.
The Abarth 124 Spider comes with four airbags and cruise control with a speed limiter as standard. It hasn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP yet, but expect a similar overall score to the MX-5’s four stars out of five. Both cars are only held back by a relative paucity of driver assistance equipment.