2018 FIAT 124 Spider Abarth
- Nimble, lively handling
- Excellent feel from brakes and steering
- Fast and easy-to-use convertible top
- Abarth trim's sporty experience punches above its weight class
- Frustrating, underperforming automatic transmission
- Cramped interior and limited cargo space
- Loud, rough ride, especially on freeways
- Problematic seating adjustments for taller drivers
2018 FIAT 124 Spider Abarth pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which 124 Spider does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3 / 5
When Fiat decided to revive its famous 124 Spider nameplate last year, the company chose a partner known for making great modern roadsters: Mazda. Indeed, much of the 124 Spider's underlying structure comes courtesy of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. But the 124 is more than just a Mazda MX-5 in a costume. Fiat uses its own engine, transmission and suspension tuning, which in turn give the 124 Spider a distinct character all its own.
Like the Miata, the 124's diminutive figure is both part of its appeal and the cause of many of its shortcomings. Similarly, the small, turbocharged engine is likewise a distinctive trait with its own appeals and pitfalls: It's punchy and eager high in the rev range, but it's distinctly underpowered at low to medium rpm.
The Lusso and Classica express these traits very differently from the hot Abarth. The former are softer, and in some ways more relaxed, while the latter pairs exceptional handling with a ride that borders on harsh. Knowing what you want from the 124 Spider is important in choosing the right trim.
Other convertibles on the market come with fewer compromises. The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro convertibles offer more interior space, more usable trunks and back seats (small as they are), and they are available with significantly more power. The VW Beetle convertible and Mini Cooper convertible have small-car aesthetics and are easy to drive while asking for fewer sacrifices than the 124. But as generations of Miata owners (and owners of the old 124 Spider) will tell you, driving is more about the connection you feel with your car rather than how much you can fit in the trunk. And in that way, there's simply no substitute for the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 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. It produces 160 horsepower in Classica and Lusso trims and 164 hp in the Abarth, and 184 pound-feet of torque in all three. Power goes to the rear wheels through either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic.
The Fiat's base Classica trim offers little more than the necessities. Buyers get 16-inch wheels, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, cruise control, a manual tilt-adjustable steering wheel, and a four-speaker stereo system with a 3-inch display screen and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Pleasantly, the Classica also comes with keyless entry, pushbutton start, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
One package is available for the Spider Classica: the Technology and SiriusXM Group package. This adds a rearview camera, proximity entry, rear parking sensors, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch screen, voice controls, streaming music app integration, satellite radio and GPS capability. (GPS navigation is a separate dealer add-on.)
Moving up to the Lusso trim gets you 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, automatic windshield wipers, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, and leather-upholstered and heated seats, along with the 7-inch infotainment system and all its features.
Fiat offers several packages for the Lusso. The Comfort and Convenience Group includes heated auto-dimming mirrors, rear parking sensors, a security alarm, universal garage door opener, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Opting for the Navigation and Sound Group adds navigation and a nine-speaker Bose stereo system. The Visibility Group adds turn-swiveling LED headlights and headlight washers.
There's also the Lusso Red Top Edition, which comes with a red convertible top, 17-inch wheels, Bose audio, the adaptive LED headlights and navigation.
The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth gets a performance-tuned suspension and a limited-slip differential, along with a driving mode selector with Sport and Normal modes, leather and microfiber-trimmed seats, and a handful of unique interior and exterior styling cues. The most notable option is the upgrade to Brembo brakes.
The Comfort and Convenience, Navigation and Sound, and Visibility packages are all available, as are Recaro seats.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso (turbo 1.4L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | RWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current 124 Spider has received some revisions to the distribution of options in its packages. Our findings remain applicable to this year's 124 Spider.
Noise & vibration2.5
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out3
Audio & navigation3
2018 FIAT 124 Spider video
[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: That right there is the latest version of the Mazda Miata. It's called the RF, which we think means retractable roof. MARK: That's the Fiat 124 Abarth. SPEAKER 1: These two cars are extraordinarily similar, more so than you might expect from a traditional comparison. MARK: Because they're the same. SPEAKER 1: And in this video, we're going to find out what makes them so similar, and also more importantly, what makes them different. MARK: That one's white. SPEAKER 1: Thanks, Mark. [ENGINE SOUNDS] You know, you forget how much fun driving a Miata is. MARK: Or driving period. SPEAKER 1: Yes, yes that's a better point. The act of driving itself. This is an exhilarating, exciting, fun car to drive because it's so light. MARK: Yes. SPEAKER 1: Because it is so close attention when designing this thing, everything about it informs the driving experience-- from the exterior design to the interior design, right. MARK: Yeah. SPEAKER 1: This thing lacks some creature comforts to be lighter. All on that quest of making a car one with its driver. And that's the marketing tag on it they use. But the result makes you believe that it's true. MARK: Yeah. SPEAKER 1: This is something that's built purely for fun. MARK: Right. SPEAKER 1: And man, it nails that target right in the center. [ENGINE SOUNDS] MARK: The gates-- they have the right spacing, the right amount of throw, it's not too short, not too long-- but in particular, the pedals-- the way they're placed close together so you're just doing this lovely tap dance between the pedals if you're driving it hard. SPEAKER 1: The interface between gas, clutch, shifter is beautiful. MARK: And the take-up, the friction point on the clutch I think is perfect, the weight of the clutch. Everything just works really well. It encourages you to drive this car hard. I think for anyone that's been in a Mazda, they will certainly-- even just as a passer-- will say, this is this really familiar. [ENGINE SOUNDS] SPEAKER 1: For this car, this naturally aspirated engine doesn't make a whole lot of power. But again, it's that lightness. MARK: Right. SPEAKER 1: This thing is less powerful-- both with horsepower and torque-- versus the Fiat. But it's faster. MARK: And I feel that the short gearing in the low gears really help it give that punch that would otherwise be missing. SPEAKER 1: You would say, Oh, the Fiat's got torque. And it does. And that feels good at low RPMs. But hey, I just downshifted. MARK: [GASPS] SPEAKER 1: Like magic, right? This is less powerful than the Fiat, but it's faster-- or at least the acceleration favors this car. That has to do with it's lighter. Even with the power retracting foldable hard top-- whatever the name is for this thing-- with the weight that that adds, this is still lighter than the Fiat. And that means the driving experience is better because lightness permeates all. Lightness makes everything better. Lightness makes the car faster, more fuel efficient, able to go around corners faster, more fun to drive. And even though you have to shift gears a little bit more because you don't have the torque, that's an enjoyable experience because the shifter's so dang good. [ENGINE REVVING] MARK: Yeah, that right there. SPEAKER 1: That's just that classical sense. You get that induction sound that comes in at like 5,000 RPM. And get that-- you mentioned earlier-- there's a faint little noise that sounds like gear whine at the top. MARK: Yeah. SPEAKER 1: You feel like you're operating machinery here, but machinery that's built to satisfy you. [ENGINE SOUNDS] So starting out with the engine. It's a small displacement turbocharged engine. What are your initial thoughts? MARK: There's not enough difference for me to say one way or the other. Yeah, I know it has more low end torque. But I feel like the Miata already has plenty. SPEAKER 1: Yeah, I'm right with you there. There are some minor differences. This makes more torque and more horsepower. That torque and power, though, is concentrated in the lower part of the rev band. This feels a little gutsier around town. That said, the Miata just needs a couple down shifts and it's actually faster. So, huh. MARK: Yeah. SPEAKER 1: Right? This suspension tuning is a little bit more engaging for the car. But otherwise, I like the Miata's naturally aspirated engine a little bit more. It revs a little bit more cleanly, and feels a little bit more linear. This one works fine. But it takes a little bit for that turbo to come in. I want that immediacy of a naturally aspirated engine. MARK: OK. SPEAKER 1: That's just generally what I like. MARK: These seats I really like. They have that weird architecture underneath where it kind of holds you in like a hammock. And you feel it sway back and forth when you're cornering. But it just conforms to you. Almost like one of those memory foam beds. I drove this from LA to Pahrump, Nevada and back in a matter of two or three days or something. And never once did I feel like, man, I need to get out of this thing and stretch. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. MARK: I just wanted to keep driving. And it was so much fun. SPEAKER 1: And even the exterior design-- it's nipped and tucked. Their overhangs are really tiny. These hard plastic things here in the interior are meant to evoke that there is no difference between the exterior and the interior. on forward on the hood, the bulges from the fenders are almost like guides that you can use to line up your corners. And look at the Fiat and they've just thrown all that away. Ultimately you're adapting design queues to a body that was made for a different design. [ENGINE SOUNDS] MARK: The seats are exactly the same. I mean they feel exactly the same. These seats do look a little prettier, though, with a horizontal ribbing. Me likey. SPEAKER 1: It's Italian, come on. MARK: Yeah, I love Italian cars. SPEAKER 1: I want to point that out to you, though. MARK: Yes. SPEAKER 1: What's the badge on the steering wheel say? MARK: Fiat. SPEAKER 1: OK. On the bottom left of the windshield, what's the logo say? MARK: [INAUDIBLE] SPEAKER 1: This car is from what company? Mazda. MARK: Yeah, yeah, yeah. SPEAKER 1: Isn't globalization neat? [LAUGHING] MARK: I love the shifters in both these cars equally. I like the look of this shifter knob, but that's very superficial. Everything about this-- the way it functions, the way it feels-- I think is as good as a manual transmission can get. SPEAKER 1: Yes. MARK: Thoughts. SPEAKER 1: I agree. I feel like both transmissions shift great. The Miata shift knob is superior. This is nice. But man, when you put your hand on that Miata shift knob, you go, OK, this is what it shift knob should feel like. MARK: Oh man. SPEAKER 1: Huh? MARK: Well this chrome work around the shifter just blinded me. And if the top was down, it would be worse. Please stop doing that. [ENGINE SOUNDS] SPEAKER 1: You can get lost talking about the power retractable hardtop in this car. I prefer the folding soft top, the one you just unlatch and throw it over your shoulder. MARK: I do too. SPEAKER 1: The Fiat 124 is a Miata with Fiat badges on it, right. MARK: Fiat-a. SPEAKER 1: Fiat-a, yes. But it also gets a unique exterior, a different engine, different suspension tuning, and a bunch of other things downstream. You get enough of the driving experience-- of the Miata driving experience-- in this car that yeah, it's really going to be a matter of taste. MARK: Just driving around town in LA, which is car snob capitol-- SPEAKER 1: Yeah. MARK: I was getting heads turned on this car. People really dig it. SPEAKER 1: The bodywork, they've extended the overhangs-- front and rear-- so that makes this car look and feel a little bit more muscular. MARK: And this hood is way flatter, too. SPEAKER 1: And it's longer. And it tries to-- I don't know-- add a dose of let's say, masculinity. MARK: OK. SPEAKER 1: To the Miata. MARK: Make it look more substantial. SPEAKER 1: Yeah, and I think it's mostly successful. I don't know if the final product is appealing to my eyes. I think I'd prefer the way the Miata looks. I think it's truer to what the Miata is. But I don't know. I get it. I get what they're going for here. [ENGINE SOUNDS] It's difficult to compare this to the Miata because so much of it is similar to the Miata. And so really, you have to highlight the differences. And I think on balance, the differences are kind of a push in terms of what they add or detract from the experience. So it's kind of like, eh, which as a professional critic, it's kind of a weak thing to go out on, isn't it? MARK: Like we said before, we're glad that this car still exists. And we would mourn the day that it doesn't. [ENGINE SOUNDS] SPEAKER 1: These two roadsters are so similar that you can largely choose between them based on looks alone. MARK: That's true, but only to a certain extent. There are some things that bother me about that Fiat, especially that gap between the nose and the hood-- it's a little inconsistent. It's also a little more expensive than the Miata. So I'm firmly in camp Miata. Where are you? SPEAKER 1: I'm with the Miata as well. That naturally aspirated engine revs out a bit more sweetly, it looks better, and-- like you mentioned-- it costs less trim level for trim level. MARK: I actually even save more money because I go with a standard roof and not the roof. SPEAKER 1: Good point. Thanks for watching this episode. If you want to see more, keep it tuned right here. And be sure to visit edmunds.com. [MUSIC PLAYING]
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs. 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Comparison Review
Our experts review the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF vs. 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth. Edmunds car experts Carlos Lago and Mark Takahashi do a side-by-side comparison of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth -- two fun-to-drive convertibles that are as different as night ... and later that night. The editors measure up the driving experience, engine, interior and styling of the roadsters and come away liking one more than the other. Watch the video to see which is the one they'd want to drive home.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite 124 Spider safety features:
- Enhanced Accident Response System
- Cuts off fuel to the engine, unlocks doors, blinks 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.
2018 FIAT 124 Spider Abarth for Sale
The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider convertible delivers fun-in-the-sun driving and Italian heritage at a price that's quite reasonable.
The diminutive 124 Spider drop-top is based on Mazda's nearly 30-year-strong paean to small roadsters of yore, the MX-5 Miata. But Fiat didn't just slap a bodykit on the Miata and call it a day. The 124 Spider receives a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes more power than Mazda's 1.6-liter unit: 160 horsepower (164 hp in Abarth trim) and 184 pound-feet of torque.
In true sports-car fashion, Fiat made all trims of the 124 Spider rear-wheel-drive, with a slick six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. A six-speed automatic is an option.
While the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider's compact size is certainly part of its appeal — being small and lightweight makes the Fiat feel exceptionally nimble — but also the cause of some of its biggest compromises: There's little interior room, and even less cargo space. Still, buyers may find they're willing to accept those limitations in exchange for the 124's unique driving experience.
The 124 Spider comes in three trim levels: Classica, Lusso and Abarth. The Classica is pretty bare-bones, offering niceties such as keyless entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, along with air-conditioning, cloth seats, and a basic stereo with Bluetooth and a 3-inch display screen. Only one package is available, and it adds a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch screen and satellite radio capability.
Fiat offers the Lusso trim as a sort of luxury variant, with leather seats and automatic climate control, along with the 7-inch infotainment system. For 2018, the Lusso's options packages were rearranged to give buyers more choices. Packages include a nine-speaker Bose stereo, upgrades to adaptive LED headlights, and safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 124 Abarth is the sportiest version of the 124 Spider lineup, coming standard with a sport suspension and a limited-slip differential, along with unique styling cues both inside and out. It can be upgraded with Brembo brakes, simulated suede seats, and many of the same luxuries and amenities as the Lusso. The Abarth trim, in particular, is an absolute blast to drive if buyers decide they can live with the harsh ride.
Make sure to read Edmunds' full rating and review for more information, and take advantage of our shopping tools to find the best deal on a 2018 Fiat 124 Spider near you.
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