2020 FIAT 124 Spider

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What’s new

  • The Fiat 124 Spider is essentially unchanged for 2020
  • Part of the first Fiat 124 Spider generation introduced for 2017

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble, lively handling
  • Excellent brake and steering feel
  • Quick and easy-to-use convertible top
  • The optional automatic transmission is a frustrating underperformer
  • Cramped interior and limited cargo capacity
  • Loud and rough-riding, especially on freeways
  • Taller drivers have difficulty getting comfortable
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2020 FIAT 124 Spider Review

Like other roadsters of its era, the original Fiat 124 offered charm, style and the freedom of open-top motoring. It was also plagued with the same mechanical gremlins as its contemporaries. When it came to comfort and convenience, it was hardly a step up from bicycling.

Today's 2020 Fiat 124 Spider retains its predecessor's charm and minimizes its drawbacks. Credit goes to its DNA. Under the 124's nouveau retro bodywork, it has the same underpinnings as the Mazda MX-5 Miata, although the Fiat uses its own engine, transmission and unique suspension tuning.

It's fair to say that the 124 would be better off sticking with the Miata's powertrain as well. While it's easy to understand why Fiat would want to put its own stamp on things, the reality is that the Miata's engine is more powerful and engaging when you rev it up to its redline. Mazda seems to have done a better job of suspension tuning as well — the Fiat rides more roughly.

The Miata is the better car here, and the latest Ford Mustang convertible might tempt you with its surprisingly well-rounded nature. Still, the 2020 Fiat 124 Spider, just like the classic models from the 1960s and '70s, is an undeniably fun roadster that can turn ordinary grocery runs into invigorating autocrosses.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

6.8 / 10
The Fiat 124 Abarth is a one-trick pony. It's exceptional fun on the right road thanks to excellent handling, steering and a punchy little turbo engine that does its best work when wrung out at high revs. But beyond that, this diminutive convertible forces compromises on comfort and utility. The right buyer will love this car; most will find some other drop-top or sports car more livable.

How does it drive?

8.5
This nimble convertible is a delight on winding roads, where its small size and weight combine with excellent handling, a smooth transmission and sharp steering to make for a unique experience. The small engine lacks power, however, especially at low rpm. Our manual-transmission-equipped 124 test car covered 0-60 mph in 7.0 seconds in our tests — acceptably quick, but it's no muscle car.

While this lightweight car doesn't need a particularly robust brake system, the optional Brembo brakes feel firm and keep the car stable during hard panic stops. The Fiat shines in the twists and turns where it stays taut and flat and changes directions without hesitation.

How comfortable is it?

5.5
Comfort isn't the 124 Abarth's strength. The ride borders on harsh, and you can expect to feel every bump and road imperfection. Stretches of uneven freeway can start to feel like an endurance test. You'll also endure road racket since engine noise is always intrusive with the top up. The mechanical noise is fun during spirited driving, but it never goes away.

Fortunately, the climate control is up to the task of regulating the 124's interior. The system can combat even high heat but works hard to do it. Having only three vents can add frustration to driving with a passenger on hot days.

How’s the interior?

6.5
Some buyers will value the 124's diminutive stature, but there's no getting around that such a small car forces compromises in seat adjustability. It also makes it getting in and out more difficult. The seatback must be upright for the seat to slide fully aft, so tall drivers must choose between legroom or reclining. More adjustments might be nice, but there's no space for them in the cramped space. At least the low seating position feels sporty and appropriate.

As a convertible, the 124 also has some visibility issues, with the view to the rear sides laughably poor when the top is up. Blind-spot monitoring is a helpful extra here. Fortunately, it's easy to put the top down (and back up) quickly.

How’s the tech?

7.0
The 124's infotainment system (borrowed from Mazda) is easy to use thanks to the knob-based interface. It offers the features you expect, although Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are glaring omissions. The optional navigation system is easy to use, and Bluetooth and dual USB ports offer useful smartphone integration and charging. The included voice controls do reasonably well with navigation and points-of-interest commands but are fairly limited in scope.

There are only a few optional driver aids, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. They come in handy as complements to the small side mirrors and poor visibility with the top up.

How’s the storage?

5.0
You can't expect much utility from a tiny two-seat convertible, and the 124 certainly doesn't deliver much. The trunk is minuscule, with a small opening that's flat in the rear deck. Fortunately, the car is low to the ground, which also keeps liftover height low. Two soft overnight bags will fit, but don't plan on packing for much more than a weekend.

There's also not much interior storage space, just a tiny armrest box and a center console cubby large enough for a phone. The "glovebox" behind and between the seats, while big enough for a purse, is difficult to access. Other convertibles might offer more practicality, but that typically comes at the cost of size, weight and nimbleness.

How economical is it?

6.0
EPA estimates won't be reflected in the real world unless you do mostly highway driving. Power comes so high in the rev range that even keeping pace with aggressive traffic means eating into your efficiency. Over our time with our manual-equipped test car, we averaged about 24 mpg versus the EPA estimated 30 mpg combined.

Is it a good value?

6.5
A base Classica is reasonably priced, but a loaded-up Abarth will be harder to justify when compared to larger, more practical and more powerful convertibles around the same price. The Fiat's warranty isn't anything extraordinary compared to its rivals, although roadside assistance is good for four years and unlimited miles — a good thing.

The value question here is partially subjective since the Fiat isn't unreasonably priced for what it is. You just really have to want what it has to offer.

Wildcard

8.5
We get why a buyer would choose a 124 Abarth over a Miata Club. It's a very specific sports-car experience with very specific appeal. It overachieves when it comes to fun, especially on a winding road with the rpm between 4,000 and 5,500. It's an absolute blast and definitely a driver's car.

And while the Abarth often endeared us as a growly little scrapper, it was also rough and noisy and generally an unpleasant place to be. It's a convertible in the classic sense and pretty uncompromising in pursuit of a specific sporty experience. That alone deserves praise.

Which 124 Spider does Edmunds recommend?

We figure most drivers considering the Fiat 124 Spider want more performance and engagement than the typical car, and for that reason we recommend the Abarth. It offers more athletic handling and upgraded brakes for a modest sum more than the midrange Lusso trim. No matter which model you choose, avoid the automatic transmission if you can. The manual is supremely better and is probably one of the easiest stick shifts to learn on, too.

FIAT 124 Spider models

The 2020 Fiat 124 Spider is available in three trim levels: the relatively bare-bones Classica, the more comprehensively equipped Lusso and the aggressive Abarth. All three trims are powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque in Classica and Lusso trims, 164 hp and 184 lb-ft in Abarth trim).

Power goes to the rear wheels through either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic.

The base Classica trim comes with the essentials — such as air conditioning, a rearview camera and Bluetooth — as well as some nicer touches, such as keyless entry, push-button start and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. There are compromises, though. The steering wheel raises and lowers but doesn't telescope, for example, and the infotainment display is a tiny, little thing at just 3 inches wide.

The Lusso trim comes standard with leather, heated seats, an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch display, and the Technology Group features. The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth adds to the Lusso's features with a performance-tuned suspension, limited-slip differential and selectable drive modes. Boosting the Abarth's sporting bona fides are optional Brembo brakes, an upgraded exhaust system, and Recaro leather and simulated-suede sport seats.

The Lusso and the Abarth also offer a couple of option packages with features such as navigation, a Bose sound system, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, and rear parking sensors.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider.

5 star reviews: 75%
4 star reviews: 25%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.8 stars based on 4 total reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, Best kept secret
ConundrumIV,
Classica 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

1) The 6 speed manual is from the NC Mazda MX-5 Miata. 2) The only thing not Mazda is the Auto transmission and engine. 3) Its built by Mazda on the same assembly line as the ND MX-5 Miata. 4) Interior is more upscale than the ND MX-5 Miata. (Soft touch rubber, not hard plastic like the Miata) 5) A simple software flash and you have close if not over 200 hp. 6) Bought my 2017 for $18,000 with 2000 miles on it 3 years ago. 7) Better looking than Miata. 8) Handles amazing!! (I've owned 6 miatas and still have a 94) 9)Deeply discounted units can be had for thousands below retail. 10) No wind noise from window in your ear like the Miata. 11) No problems or issues. 12) Highly recommended!!! And I'm a 35 year Miata guy. Original NA 90-97 Miata still the best out there in my opinion. The Fiat 124 Spider is what the original NA Miata should have progressed into.

4 out of 5 stars, Fun and economy in one pkg.
Cal,
Lusso 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Fiat could of put a better auto trans like Hyundai has. Other then that it is fun to drive in the mountains. Haven’t had any problems. The other thing it needs is at least 200 hp to make it more fun.

5 out of 5 stars, Abarth 124 Spider
och will,
Abarth 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Bilstein suspension.....not Mazda but European. 1.4L turbo engine Alfa Romeo design,,,manufactured by Fiat. Sheet metal..Pininfarina design from Turin Italy. in the Abarth, an Abarth exhaust system from the Abarth factory in Turin , Italy. Brembo brakes,,,,,,European, seats Abarth manufactured and installed, upper strut bar, Abarth manufactured and installed,, sway bars Abarth manufactured and installed. The car is built own a Mazda chassis, arguably the best and lightest roadster chassis in the world. The rest of the car ? LOADED with high performance Italian components. And as for the body work. Sorry but the Pininfarina body work beats the Japanese sheet metal for looks and excitement. By far...chip this motor and put in a Goodwin exhaust and a Madness cold air intake and Diverter valve and you have rocket ship that will SMOKE a Miata w/o blinking. You guys keep downgrading this vehicle though...

5 out of 5 stars, Much Better Than the Miata
Commonsense,
Urbana Edition 2dr Convertible w/Prod. End 03/20 (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

It's a much better looking car, higher quality feel, better ride than the Miata version. The torquey turbo engine can easily be chipped for 200+ hp and 235 ft lbs of torque. Small, light, nimble. There's really nothing else like it.

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Features & Specs

Abarth 2dr Convertible features & specs
Abarth 2dr Convertible
1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M
MSRP$29,390
MPG 26 city / 35 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission6-speed manual
Horsepower164 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Classica 2dr Convertible features & specs
Classica 2dr Convertible
1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M
MSRP$25,390
MPG 26 city / 35 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission6-speed manual
Horsepower160 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Lusso 2dr Convertible features & specs
Lusso 2dr Convertible
1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M
MSRP$28,145
MPG 26 city / 35 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission6-speed manual
Horsepower160 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Urbana Edition 2dr Convertible w/Prod. End 03/20 features & specs
Urbana Edition 2dr Convertible w/Prod. End 03/20
1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M
MSRP$26,385
MPG 26 city / 35 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission6-speed manual
Horsepower160 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite 124 Spider safety features:

Enhanced Accident Response System
Cuts off fuel to the engine, unlocks doors, flashes hazard lights, and turns on interior lights in the event of an accident.
Blind-Spot Monitoring
Alerts you to other vehicles that are lurking in your blind spots.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Warns you of oncoming perpendicular traffic when reversing out of a parking space or driveway.

Fiat 124 Spider vs. the competition

Fiat 124 Spider vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata

This isn't an apples-to-oranges comparison but rather a mandarin-oranges-to-tangerines comparison. The Fiat 124 is essentially the same as the Miata on which it is based. Sure, there are some minor differences here and there, but you're pretty much getting the same car. Styling will probably have to be the deciding factor, but we definitely prefer the Miata's strong and more characterful engine.

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Fiat 124 Spider vs. Mini Convertible

In terms of performance, the Mini Cooper S and the Fiat 124 are very similar. They're both lively and fun, but the front-wheel-drive Mini will lack the traditional feel of the rear-wheel-drive Fiat. Both also have plenty of retro appeal since they're reboots of beloved classics, but the Mini is quite a bit more kitschy. The Mini's rear seats may be an enticement, but they're too small for most passengers and better suited to handling trunk overflow.

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Fiat 124 Spider vs. Ford Mustang

These are two wildly different themes on the same convertible subject. The Fiat relies on its light curb weight, while the Ford makes up for its heft with more power. The Mustang is far more convenient, with a more usable trunk, nearly habitable rear seats and more features overall. When it comes to personality, the Fiat 124 has a strong styling tie to the original, while the Mustang is an evolution over 50 years.

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FAQ

Is the FIAT 124 Spider a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 124 Spider both on the road and at the track, giving it a 6.8 out of 10. You probably care about FIAT 124 Spider fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 124 Spider gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 124 Spider has 4.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a FIAT 124 Spider. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider:

  • The Fiat 124 Spider is essentially unchanged for 2020
  • Part of the first Fiat 124 Spider generation introduced for 2017
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Is the FIAT 124 Spider reliable?
To determine whether the FIAT 124 Spider is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 124 Spider. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 124 Spider's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 124 Spider and gave it a 6.8 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 124 Spider is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 FIAT 124 Spider?

The least-expensive 2020 FIAT 124 Spider is the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider Classica 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,390.

Other versions include:

  • Abarth 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $29,390
  • Classica 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $25,390
  • Lusso 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $28,145
  • Urbana Edition 2dr Convertible w/Prod. End 03/20 (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $26,385
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What are the different models of FIAT 124 Spider?
If you're interested in the FIAT 124 Spider, the next question is, which 124 Spider model is right for you? 124 Spider variants include Abarth 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Classica 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Lusso 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and Urbana Edition 2dr Convertible w/Prod. End 03/20 (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M). For a full list of 124 Spider models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider

2020 FIAT 124 Spider Overview

The 2020 FIAT 124 Spider is offered in the following submodels: 124 Spider Abarth, 124 Spider Convertible. Available styles include Abarth 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Classica 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Lusso 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and Urbana Edition 2dr Convertible w/Prod. End 03/20 (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M).

What do people think of the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 124 Spider 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 124 Spider.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 124 Spider featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

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We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 FIAT 124 Spider?

2020 FIAT 124 Spider Abarth 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2020 FIAT 124 Spider Abarth 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,355. The average price paid for a new 2020 FIAT 124 Spider Abarth 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $967 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $967 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,388.

The average savings for the 2020 FIAT 124 Spider Abarth 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 2.5% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 FIAT 124 Spider?

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