2018 Fiat 124 Spider Classica
Originally reintroduced in 2017, the Fiat 124 Spider has been designed to be reminiscent of the original Fiat 124 from the ’60’s. The classic Italian lines and design pay homage to it’s 1966 predecessor with all the added amenities and technology of today.
I drove the base-model Classica trim which includes the bare necessities. This trim gets you 16-inch wheels, a/c, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat and a stereo system with four speakers, a USB port and a 3-inch display screen with Bluetooth connectivity. It also included a push-button start and a leather wrapped steering wheel as an added bonus.
If you want to add the Technology package, you will add a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and an upgraded 7-inch screen. Other options and packages – the Lusso and Abarth trims – are also available.
This roadster is brisk and proficient with a 1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine that produces160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. At just over 2,400 lbs, the power-to-weight ratio makes this little roadster a blast to drive. The Fiat handles well and performs nicely on curves and backroads with a surprisingly quiet cabin. Fuel economy is an EPA estimated 26 mpg/city and 35 mpg/highway. (It’s no secret that the Fiat 124 benefits tremendously with it’s shared Mazda MX-5 proven pedigree.)
The interior of the Fiat is classy and stylish, with an added touch of contrast stitching along the dash and leather seats in upper trims. However, the Classica comes with cloth seats. The convertible soft-top is easy to use, you can manually operate it from inside the vehicle. There is not a lot of storage room or much cargo space to speak of, but if you are purchasing a Fiat, chances are, this is not new news. Because of practicality, a weekend trip is about the extent for any get-away plans.
The legroom and headroom is ok….. ok if you are under 6 feet tall that is. You wouldn’t likely catch Dirk Nowitzki cruising around Dallas in the Fiat 124 Spider. Seating adjustments are one of the bigger complaints from wanna be Fiat owners.
I wish I could say that there are plenty of safety features on the Fiat Classica, but unfortunately the full safety options are limited to the Safety and Comfort option package offered only on the Lusso and Abarth models as options. The Safety and Comfort package includes: blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear park assist
The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider has a four year/50,000 mile limited warranty and a four year/50,000 mile powertrain warranty. Pricing for the 2018 Fiat 124 Classica starts around $24,995.
Overall impression: the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Classica is a fun little car with solid Italian heritage, yet lacks the complete driver-centric package contained in its step-brother, the MX-5. At a higher price point and neat-but-not-head-turning exterior styling like the MX-5, it just misses the mark in my book. Go test drive one for yourself and tell us what you think.
See you on the road,