2017 Fiat 124 Spider

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: March 17, 2021

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The Fiat 124 Spider is a 160 hp convertible sports car, with a turbocharged engine and stick-shift transmission and costs $24,995 for the base model. The 124 Spider might be the champion of the past but it got some tough competition to face. The Mini Cooper Convertible, Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, and Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport are the competitors in this class.

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Pros

New Engine

Handling at Corners

Comfortable Seating

Cons

Cargo Space

What's New?

Everything (except the logo)


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24995

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

top speed

136 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

83 cu.in.

horsepower

160 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

184 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

90.9 in.

length

159.6 in.

width

68.5 in.

height

48.5 in.

curb weight

2436 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

4.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

505 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16.9 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

7

standing 1/4-mile

18.4 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

171 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/30/35 mpg

highway range

555.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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exterior
interior

Trims

Classica $24,995 onwards

160 hp @ 5500 rpm | 1.4 L | Inline 4 | Premium unleaded (recommended)

  • 16" silver Aluminum Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • AM/FM Stereo, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Manual Convertible Top
  • Manual Front Air Conditioning

Lusso $27,495 onwards

160 hp @ 5500 rpm | 1.4 L | Inline 4 | Premium unleaded (recommended)

  • 17" X 7" Silver Painted Aluminum Wheels
  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • AM/FM/HD, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Automatic Front Air Conditioning
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
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Colors and Styles

2017 Fiat 124 Spider in Bianco Gelato White color 2017 Fiat 124 Spider in Bronzo Magnetico Titanium color 2017 Fiat 124 Spider in Grigio Argento color 2017 Fiat 124 Spider in Nero Cinema Jet Black color 2017 Fiat 124 Spider in Rosso Red color
Bianco Gelato White

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

6.3

Engine And Performance

8.4

Fuel Economy

8.3

Interior

6.3

Exterior

8.6

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.9

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The Fiat 124 Spider is the modern version of the 60’s classic. The good part is it embodies the same spirit of the original by being an affordable sports convertible. It shares its chassis with a Mazda MX-5 and the rest of the car is mostly new. The interior is simple and basic and comes with cloth in its base offering and leather in its higher trim.

The engine is sufficient and comes with a manual transmission, which is a big plus. This Fiat convertible’s roof is not mechanical so you have to do it the old fashioned way of pulling it over your head and attaching it. But, that is only when it rains otherwise it is simple and fun, what more could you ask for from an affordable sports convertible?


6.3/10
Pricing and Features

8.4/10
Engine and Performance

8.3/10
Fuel Economy

6.3/10
Interior

8.6/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

8.9/10
Competition


2017 Fiat 124 Spider Pricing and Features

6.3/10

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Classica is the base variant of the 124 Spider lineup. It also has two other variants, the Spider Lusso. The Lusso variant is a technology upgrade with a little extra comfort and driver convenience. It cost about $2,500 extra to get the Lusso featuring 17-inch wheels, fog lights, automatic wipers, and leather upholstery

Trims

Classica

Lusso

MSRP

$24,995

$27,495

Key Features

Remote Keyless Entry

Remote Proximity Entry with Push-button Start

 

Lamps — Bifunctional projector headlamps with headlamps-of

Lamps — Bifunctional projector headlamps with headlamps-of

 

Fascias — Sport, body-color

Mirrors — Power, with body-color mirror cap

 

Rain-sensitive

Rain-sensitive

 

Cloth upholstery

7-inch touchscreen

 

Available Technology Package

Leather upholstery

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The Fiat 124 Spider Classica is a performance car with intimidating looks and aggressive power. For $24,995 you are getting the best you could but it does not have packages to upgrade luxury and convenience and so, going for the Lusso will be the trim level to get.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Engine and Performance

8.4/10

The 2017 124 Spider is blessed with an all-new homemade 160 bhp, 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 184 lb.-ft. of torque. It has a 6-speed manual transmission which directs all the power to the rear wheels.

Model

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Mini Cooper Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

MSRP

$24,995

$25,950

$24,995

$24,915

Engine

1.4L Turbocharged inline 4

1.5 liter Twin Turbo 3 cyl

1.8 liter inline-4

2.0 liter I4

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-speed Automatic

6-Speed manual

Power

160 hp

134 hp

170 hp

155 hp

Torque

184 lb-ft

162 lb-ft

184 lb-ft

148 lb-ft

The Fiat 124 Spider has the second most powerful engine making 160 hp, the most powerful being the Volkswagen Beetle. The third most powerful being the Mazda MX-5 making 155hp and then comes the Mini Cooper Convertible making 134.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Acceleration

The Fiat 124 Spider races from 0-60 mph in 6.4 sec and hits the quarter-mile margin in 14.9 sec and will reach a top speed of 136 mph. Now, this is an affordable convertible and for its less than $25,000 price, this performance is quite good.

Models

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Mini Cooper Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

0-60 MPH

6.4

7.5

7.6

5.8

Quarter mile

14.9

16.0

15.8

14.5

Engine

1.4L

1.5L

2.0L

2.0L

Top Speed

136

120

115

135

The fastest 0 to 60 sprint is said by the Mazda MX-five with a time of 5.8 seconds. Following this is the Fiat 124 Spider with a time of 6.4 seconds, the mini Cooper Convertible with a time of 7.5 seconds, and then comes the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible with a time of 7.6 seconds.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Handling and Steering

One of the biggest reasons why the 124 Spider got instantaneously famous is due to the precise handling and smooth steering it offers. Its low profile-aerodynamic body keeps it stuck to the ground while the 6-speed manual gives precise control over power and speed. No matter how curvy or uneven the track is the 124 Spider will always impress you with its fast and precise cornering.

For smooth long drives, its 3-spoke power steering offers precise control over corners, the four-wheel independent suspension takes care of all the uneven roads while the cruise control makes it easy to cruise through traffic. It also has different drive modes in case you own the Abarth variant.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Braking

The 124 Spider features 11.0/11.0-inch ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes. The brakes are good enough to bring the sports convertible to a stop in only 113 feet from 60 mph. The brakes also have the feature of the 4-wheel anti-lock braking system, Traction control, stability control, and Emergency braking assist for safer braking.

Model

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Mini Cooper Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Brake Front(in)

11.0

11.0

11.3

11.0

Brake Rear(in)

11.0

10.2

10.7

11.0

Curb weight(lbs)

2436

2855

3225

2332

60-0 MPH (ft.)

115

134

118

110

The shortest stopping distance belongs to the Mazda MX5 which is 110 feet. Following this is the Fiat 124 Spider setting a distance of 115 feet, the Volkswagen Beetle with a distance of 118 feet, and then comes the Mini Cooper Convertible with a distance of 134 feet.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Fuel Economy

8.3/10

The Fiat 124 Spider offers 26/35 mpg in city/highway with a combined mileage of 30 mpg. Fiat equips the 124 Spiders with an 11.9-gallon fuel tank allowing it to have a range of 309 miles in the city, 407 miles on the highway, and a combined range of 357 miles.

Model

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Mini Cooper Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

MPG (city)

26

28

24

26

MPG (highway)

35

37

33

33

MPG (combined)

30

32

28

29

Fuel capacity

11.9

11.6

14.5

11.9

Range (city/highway/combined)

309/407/357

325/429/371

348/479/406

300/393/345

The most combined ranges offered by the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible of 406 miles then comes the mini Cooper Convertible offering 371 miles. Following this is the fee at 1:20 for a spider with 357 miles and then comes the Mazda MX-5 with a combined range of 345 miles.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Interior

6.3/10

The Fiat 124 Spider has enough space for two occupants in the cabin. The 124 Spider features a 3-spoke steering wheel, 6-way driver and 4-way front passenger manual adjustable sports seats, soft roof, knobs for climate control, AC and wiper controls, cloth upholstery interiors in the Classica trim, and leather upholstery for the Lusso trim. The air-conditioning is automatic and is not dual-zone.

Model

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Mini Cooper Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Passenger capacity

2

4

4

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.4/52.1/43.1

39.8/51.0/41.4

39.3/55.3/41.3

37.4/52.2/43.1

The most legroom is offered by the Fiat 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5 both offering 43.1 inches. Following these two is the Mini Cooper Convertible with 41.4 inches of legroom and then comes the Volkswagen Beetle with 41.3 inches of legroom.

  • Air conditioning
  • Tilt-only Steering Wheel
  • Cloth upholstery (Classica)
  • Leather upholstery (Lusso)
  • 6-way Manual, Height adjustable Driver Seat
  • 4-way Manual Passenger Seat

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Infotainment System

The Fiat 124 Spider suffers drastically in its infotainment functionality. It has a 3-inch infotainment display with integrated AM/FM stereo, Auxiliary power outlet, Bluetooth Connectivity, 6-speakers, USB connection. Under the technology package as it adds a 7-inch screen and HD radio. In the Lusso trim level, the optional technology package is standard fitment. Unlike other vehicles, you don't get Navigation, Android Auto, or Apple CarPlay.

  • 7-inch touchscreen (optional/standard depending on trim)
  • HD radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Auxiliary Power outlet
  • USB port

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Trunk volume

The 124 Spider has an oval-shaped trunk which offers 4.9 cubic foot of cargo volume, the compact 2-seater sports car you can't expect much. But this is enough for your everyday items and two medium-sized duffle bags.

Model

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Mini Cooper Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Volume Top Up (ft. cube)

4.9

7.6

7.1

4.6

The most strong spaces offered by the mini Cooper Convertible with 7.6 cu-ft., then comes the Volkswagen beetle offering 7.1 cu-ft. of trunk space. Following the above two are the Fiat 124 Spider with 4.9 cu-ft of trunk space and the Mazda MX-5 offering 4.6 cu-ft. of space.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Exterior

8.6/10

The Fiat 124 Spider pretty much represents the Mazda Miata MX-5 in looks and body style and dimensions but, in order to keep it different Fiat changed the exterior styling, body length and kept the touch of the old Pininfarina bonnet design. The 124 Spider looks stunning and aggressive, it has a low-profile body and a soft roof which is accessible manually. The outside is completed with a set of 16” inch aluminum wheels in silver on the Classica and 17” aluminum wheels in silver on the Lusso.

Model

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Mini Cooper Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

curb weight(lbs)

2436

2855

3225

2332

Length (in)

159.6

151.9

168.4

154.1

Width(in)

68.5

68.0

71.2

68.3

Height(in)

48.5

55.7

58.7

48.6

Ground clearance(in)

NA

4.5

5.9

4.9

Wheelbase(in)

90.9

98.2

100.0

90.9

Track width(in) F/R

58.9/59.1

59.1/59.1

62.1/61.2

58.9/59.2

In terms of exterior dimensions, the124 Spider is similar to the rest of the above convertibles. The Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is a little bit wider and taller than the Fiat and that’s about the difference between the above cars. The biggest difference comes in curb weight where the Fiat is on the lighter side of the scales and is nearly 800 pounds lighter than the heaviest - The Volkswagen Beetle.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Safety

7.0/10

The Fiat 124 Spider has not yet been rated by the NHTSA or the IIHS. The good part is, the sports convertible does come with several standard and advanced safety features to satisfy you but there is a catch which is that you can only have those if you buy the packages offered with it. Most of the high-end safety features come under the Luxury collection, Safety and Comfort collection, and the Premium Collection. Here are some of the safety features included in the Fiat 124 Spider:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross-Path Detection5 (included with Luxury Collection, Safety & Comfort Collection, or Premium Collection)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)
  • Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS)
  • ParkSense Rear Park Assist System (included with Luxury Collection, Safety & Comfort Collection, or Premium Collection)
  • ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera5 (included with Technology Collection) Seat Belt
  • Front-passenger alert
  • Seat Belt Pretensioner
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Warning

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Competition

8.9/10

Fiat 124 Spider vs Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

The Fiat 124 Spider faces tough competition from the beetle in every aspect so far. The Volkswagen Beetle has less fuel economy and a few milliseconds slower than the fiat but it is a 4-seater convertible, has better interior space, and offers better functionality than the 124 Spider at the same price, making the Beetle a much better option, except it lacks in Italian styling.

Fiat 124 Spider vs Mazda MX-5 Miata Sports

The Fiat 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5 Miata are cousins. Well, the Mazda may have a less powerful engine but it is better in performance. The difference between the two is in the interior where both are similar dimensions but the Fiat has more trunk space. Another difference is the range where the Fiat does offer more and then comes the styling. We do like Mazda’s new styling but, going up against the Italian styling of the Fiat 124, we prefer the 124 Spider.

Fiat 124 Spider vs the Mini Cooper Convertible

The Fiat 124 Spider is better than the Mini Cooper in almost every way, except the Mini Cooper Convertible seats more people and has more trunk space. But, when it comes to comparing the classically styled Italian convertible to a Mini Cooper Convertible we do prefer the Fiat 124 Spider.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Final Verdict

The Fiat 124 Spider is a good sports car. It is convertible, light, powerful, small, and agile too. The handling and control it provides to the driver make it fun to ride and is loved by most sports car enthusiasts. It is affordable, fuel-efficient, and never disappointing in terms of performance as well. In case you are interested in buying this car, go for the Lusso.

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