What's the used Fiat 124 Spider sports like?
This is one of many reasons why Fiat partnered with Mazda to produce this, the 124 Spider. Don't be put off by this coupling, though – despite sharing a chassis and a lot of other parts, the 124 is a fine convertible with enough differences to the MX-5 to give it a character and desirability all of its own.
It’s a nice motor, the 1.4, although there is a little turbo lag at low revs that can be annoying, but once you've got the engine spinning you get plenty of mid-range shove and a racy soundtrack to accompany the power.
The steering – like the Mazda's offering – doesn’t offer any great feedback, but it is an electrically assisted rack. You’ll find it a little heavier than the set-up in the MX-5, but it’s still very consistent through the bends and wonderfully accurate. The ride is smooth for this type of car and the 124 generally feels more grown up as a result. It’s more for those who want a small sporty car but won't be driving it on the limit all the time.
Inside, you’ll find the 124 to be quite compact, with storage space at a premium. The boot is also small, but this is a similar story for most of the 124’s rivals. If you need to carry more, you’ll have to get a boot rack fitted as an accessory from a Fiat dealer. However, the dash is nicely designed, with all the major controls falling easily to hand. It feels well put together, too, and doesn’t suffer from much scuttle shake, despite the lack of a metal roof.
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