Fiat 124 Spider review

Category: Convertible

Section: Costs & verdict

Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider
  • Fiat 124 Spider

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The cheapest 124 Spider is a bit more expensive than the cheapest Mazda MX-5, but it’s also a fair bit quicker. In fact, the Fiat is almost as rapid as the much pricier and more powerful of the two MX-5s, yet offers superior fuel economy and lower emissions - the latter being especially good news for company car drivers. Both cars come from the same Mazda production line in Japan, which bodes well for reliability, Mazda sitting near the top of our reliability charts, some way above Fiat. Yet it’s Fiat that covers unlimited miles in its three-year warranty (there’s a 60,000-mile limit for the MX-5).

‘Lusso’ means luxury in Italian, and the mid-range Lusso specification brings just that with plenty of niceties included, while similarly priced MX-5s put more emphasis on dynamic equipment for a sharper drive. The two cars are expected to depreciate at about the same rate.

Overview

The Fiat 124 Spider offers the Italian roadster lifestyle, but surprisingly with fewer thrills than its cousin, the Mazda MX-5

  • Peppy performance
  • Supple ride
  • Kit levels on mid-range trim
  • Engine noise
  • Less fun than MX-5
  • Meagre storage