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Fiat 124 Spider (348) Convertible (2016-2019)

Neo score 81%Ext score 66%

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Product Overview

Fiat 124 Spider (Type 348) is a subcompact convertible sports car in production from 2016 to 2019. It was available with a turbocharged inline-4 engine that displaced 1.4 liters.
Essentially a Fiat variant of the Mazda MX-5, the 124 Spider differs mainly in the engine (turbocharged but smaller). It was assembled alongside the MX-5 at Mazda's plant in Japan.
Utility-minded owners will likely need to keep an alternative for hauling things around, as the tiny cargo space is almost surely insufficient.
Drivers who appreciate handling will be pleased to know that the Fiat 124 Spider comes with double-wishbone at the front and multi-link at the rear. Combined with RWD, this setup provides one of the best handling characteristics and tuning capabilities. Another plus is the small 9.4m (30.8ft) turning circle.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 81% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very light
  • Small turning circle
  • Punchy I4 engine
  • Clean styling
Cons
  • Only available with tiny engines
  • Very little cargo space

What external reviewers found***

Ext 66% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Punchy, fun to drive
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Unreliable manual gearbox
  • Lack of refinement
  • Not as fun to drive as Mazda MX-5
  • Only one engine option
  • No automatic emergency braking
  • Engine struggles at lower speeds
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Specifications

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Capacity

Cargo Capacity140 L / 4.9 cu-ft
Engine Oil Capacity3.8 L / 4.0 qt
Fuel Capacity45.0 L / 11.9 gal
Passengers2

Chassis

Brakes | FrontVentilated discs
Brakes | RearDisc
Offroad | Approach Angle13.1 deg
Power SteeringElectric Steering
Suspension | FrontDouble-wishbone
Suspension | RearMulti-link
Tire Size195/50 R16, 205/45 R17
Turning Circle9.4 m / 30.8 ft

Construction

Body Style2-door Convertible

Dimensions

Size | Height1233 mm / 48.5 in
Size | Length4054 mm / 159.6 in
Size | Width1740 mm / 68.5 in
Track Width | Front1496.0 mm / 58.9 in
Track Width | Rear1503.0 mm / 59.2 in
Weight1050.0 kg / 2314.9 lbs
Wheel Size16 in, 17 in
Wheelbase2310 mm / 90.9 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h7.6 sec7.5 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph7.2 sec7.1 sec
CO2 Emission153 g/km148 g/km
Fuel Economy6.6 L/100km / 35.6 MPG (combined) | 9.1 L/100km / 25.8 MPG (urban) | 5.2 L/100km / 45.2 MPG (highway)6.4 L/100km / 36.8 MPG (combined) | 8.5 L/100km / 27.7 MPG (urban) | 5.1 L/100km / 46.1 MPG (highway)
Top Speed214.0 km/h / 133.0 mph217.0 km/h / 134.8 mph

Powertrain

Drivetrain LayoutFront-engine (longitudinal), Rear-wheel drive
Emission StandardEuro 6
Engine | Bore72.0 mm / 2.8 in
Engine | Compression Ratio9.8:1
Engine | Displacement1.4 L / 83.5 cu-in / 1368.0 cc
Engine | Power140.0 hp / 104.4 kW @ 5000 rpm
Engine | Specific Output102.3 hp/L / 1.7 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke84.0 mm / 3.3 in
Engine | Torque240 Nm / 177.0 lb-ft @ 2250 rpm
Engine | TypeTurbocharged multi-port injected petrol inline-4 engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears6-speed
Transmission | TypeAutomaticManual

Production

Availability2016

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autoexpress[1]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The Fiat 124 Spider is built alongside the Mazda MX-5 at the Japanese brand's Hiroshima plant. Unlike many Fiat models, the 124 Spider feels very solidly screwed together, with tight shut lines for the all the panels and a glossy paint finish. The interior also feels extremely well-built, plus the materials have top quality look and feel. The Fiat gets a decent haul of safety kit, including four airbags, stability control, tyre pressure monitoring and hill hold assist.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • No DAB radio
  • No automatic emergency braking

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score 52%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The Fiat 124 Spider was axed in the UK in January 2019, with the Abarth edition following suit three months later. The Abarth 124 is rarer and quicker than the Fiat. All 124 variants come with a tyre mobility kit instead of a spare wheel, because there's no room for one in the small boot. The manual gearbox is known to sometimes have an awkward gearchange. The 124's alarm can go off for no apparent reason.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Lack of refinement
  • Unreliable manual gearbox

carmagazine[3]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
The Fiat 124 uses unique spring, damper, roll bar, steering and stability control settings. While the Abarth version features a Sport button the 124 does not, though you can deactivate the stability control. On the road the Fiat feels similar to the standard MX-5 chassis tune. The ride is good, dealing admirably with some pretty distressed Italian roads.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Punchy, fun to drive
  • Fantastic infotainment system
Cons
  • Only one engine option
  • No limited-slip differential

carwow[4]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from carwow have found the following***:
The Fiat 124 Spider is basically a Mazda MX-5 in a sharp Italian suit. The two cars were developed alongside each other and are effectively your only options if you want an affordable two-seat sports car. While the 124's engine gives it a laid back character, it's hard to argue with a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Stylish looks
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons
  • Engine struggles at lower speeds
  • Not as fun to drive as Mazda MX-5

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Fiat 124 Spider (2016-2019) review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/fiat/124. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2022-09-02.
2. ^ Used Fiat 124 Spider review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/fiat/124/351996/used-fiat-124-spider-review. 2020-04-02. Retrieved 2022-09-02.
3. ^ Fiat 124 Spider (2018) review: we drive the S-Design. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/fiat/fiat-124-spider-2016-review/. 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2022-09-02.
4. ^ Fiat 124 Spider Review. [carwow]. https://www.carwow.co.uk/fiat/124-spider. Retrieved 2022-09-02.

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