2021 Fiat 124 Spider

2021 MODEL
$25,390 - $29,595 See Inventory Prices
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2021 Fiat 124 Spider Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 15, 2020


Fiat made its comeback with its Italian classic sports-car the 124 Spider in 2016. Previously Fiat had stopped the production of the model because of their lack of profitability in selling the car. But, this time it is looking very different. The upcoming model is looking for something very unique and catchy. The vehicle is very similar to the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The estimated price for the 2021 124 Spider would be $25,390 for the base model.

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Pros

Nimble Handling

Good Reliability

Low Cost of Ownership

Aggressive Pricing

Surprisingly Good MPG figures

Cons

Poor Cargo Space

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are still missing

What's New?

Minor changes expected, presumably to the interior.


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Fiat 124 Spider Review video

Styles

2021 Fiat 124 Spider in Ceramic Metallic color 2021 Fiat 124 Spider in Frozen Brilliant White Metallic color 2021 Fiat 124 Spider in Forte Black Metallic color
Ceramic Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine And Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

9.1

Interior

6.5

Exterior

8.1

Safety

6.8

Competition

8.5

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Classica

power
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
30 combined

$25,390 - $26,840


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Classica 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $25,390 MSRP (26/30/35) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2
Classica 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $26,840 MSRP (26/30/35) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 2

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition

Urbana Edition

power
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
30 combined

$26,385 - $27,835


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Urbana Edition 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $26,385 MSRP (26/30/35) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2
Urbana Edition 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $27,835 MSRP (26/30/35) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 2

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso

Lusso

power
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
30 combined

$28,145 - $29,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Lusso 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $28,145 MSRP (26/30/35) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2
Lusso 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $29,595 MSRP (26/30/35) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review

7.5

Overall Rating


Today Fiat faces stiff competition from segment stalwarts like the Ford Mustang Convertible, the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and Mini Cooper Convertible. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the only one that is close as a competitor to the 124 Spider Convertible. Here’s our take on the 2021 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible that is soon going to be on sale in the market.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Front View
2021 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Rear View

6.0/10
Features

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

9.1/10
Fuel Economy

6.5/10
Interior

8.1/10
Exterior

6.8/10
Safety

8.5/10
Competition


2021 Fiat 124 Spider Features

6.0/10

The legend Fiat’s 124 Spider Convertible comes in four trims levels. Those are Classica, Urbana, Lusso and the Abarth. Abarth trim is the top-of-the-line trim. The most interesting fact is that all the Fiat trims run on the same engine and that is the 1.4-Litre turbocharged engine, but the Abarth gets minor tweaks in the form of more power. The engine can generate 160hp in the first three trims. There is an extra four horsepower which is generated by Abarth due to some slight differences.

Models

Classica

Urbana

Lusso

MSRP (Manual)

$25,390

$26,385

$28,145

MSRP (Automatic) $26,840 $27,835 $29,595

Key Features

Leather Steering Wheel

Steering Wheels Audio Controls

Heated Front Seats

 

Bucket Seats

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

 

Keyless start

Leather Steering Wheel

Keyless Start, Keyless Entry

 

Power Mirrors

Back-Up Camera

Tire Pressure Monitor

 

Bluetooth Connection

ABS

Traction Control

 

Cruise Control

Stability Control

HD Radio, Satellite Radio

 

Power Mirrors

Bluetooth Connection

MP3 Player

The base trim, Classica is priced at $25,390. The trim does have some decent features like power mirrors, cruise controls, Bluetooth connection. Unfortunately, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto do not come as a standard option.

The Urbana has been priced at $26,385 and has good intentions for safety measures for its customers like the ABS, stability control.

The Lusso has been priced at $28,145 and has a keyless start and keyless entry which makes it easier for the passengers to go in and out. Tire pressure monitors are also offered in the Lusso.

The higher trim which is the Abarth has been priced at $29,390 gives features that its base trims do not give like the SiriusXM as standard, its Uconnect system which the rest does not offer. The base trims have to pay extra for those packages.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Overall the Fiat 124 Spider is a very good sports car. Owning a Spider could be costly at some times. According to J.D Power, it gives the 2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible an awful predicted score of two out of five in its reliability rating. According to J.D Power, a rating of two out of five in the reliability section is the lowest that any model can get. This is something to think about for Fiat, it is really sad that 124 Spider’s reliability score is not up to the mark that we have been expecting. Hope this will improve in their upcoming 2021 model.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

We have already discussed the reliability cost of the 2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible, which is near to worst. But, we hope that Fiat will redress this matter. This could be one of the biggest reasons why Fiat had stopped producing or manufacturing the 124 Spider model. 

No recalls have been issued to its name for the last 4 years. Owning a 124 Spider Convertible is much costlier than the Mazda MX-5. Although sports cars are expensive to maintain, so planning to own one should make you think more than thrice.

Warranty

Warranty of the Fiat’s 124 Spider Convertible is good and has decent coverage. Standard 4 years or 50,000 miles of warranty is a welcome feature. You may get solid options for third-party extended warranties, it will give you a wide array of coverage options and the prices that fits your needs and budget as well. But, we would not recommend one to go for a third-party warranty.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

4 years or 50,000 miles; whatever comes first

Powertrain Warranty

4 years or 50,000 miles; whatever comes first

24-Hour Roadside Assistance 

4 years or unlimited miles

The 24-Hour roadside assistance of the Fiat is something to look at. One more interesting point that the Fiat covers is Corrosion warranty which is for 12 years and unlimited miles. 

Miles Per Dollar

On average, a gallon of gas costs around 2.5USD. Considering that it offers 26-35 miles per gallon, it should equate to about 12 miles per dollar.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Buying Advice

This is one of the hard decisions that we would have to reveal. But, we do have our suggestions that if you are going for a 124 Spider Convertible then go for the highest trim which is the Abarth. This is because there are so many features which the Abarth gives as standard but it’s lower-trim does not provide those. To get those standard features one has to get an extra package and obviously one has to pay extra for those. Surely, the Abarth trim would be very costly to maintain. But, one can also go for the Lusso which is a mid-range model. The model adds a few luxuries and some convenience features which the base model the Classical lacks.

Is buying a used Fiat 124 Spider Convertible a good idea?

One can go for the 2017’s model of the Fiat 124 Spider Convertible you could go for new and for pre-owned as well to save more money. 2017 124 Spider Convertible has been named the Best Sports Car for Money. The older models are also great and fun to drive, they give a good gas mileage and their predicted reliability rating is above average.

But, before owning a pre-owned Fiat 124 Spider do your simple research on the trim and model that you want to buy. There are small things that one needs to go through. First things should be checking the interior like the engine is functioning well or the model’s performance and its documents twice or thrice before getting one of the pre-owned cars.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Engine and Performance

8.1/10

The 1.4-Liter turbocharged engine attached with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission will power the 2021 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible. The engine churns out 160hp power and 184lb-ft of torque. The performance of the 1.4-Litre turbocharged is very decent, and there are no complaints in that section. And all the four trims of the 124 Spider will be having the same engine and will come with the RWD option.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible has 1.4-LTurbocharged Inline-4 Engine

The 124 Spider is not heavy as compared to its other models, so it does not need a lot of steam to move it forward.

Models

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible (Expected)

2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2020 Mini Cooper Convertible

MSRP

$25,390

$32,170

$26,650

$31,750

Engine

1.4-LTurbocharged Inline-4

2.3-L Twin-scroll Regular Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0-L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

7-Speed Automatic

Power

160 hp @ 5,500 rpm

310 hp @ 5,500 rpm

181 hp @ 7,000 rpm

189 hp @ 5,000 rpm

Torque

184 lb-ft @ 3,200 rpm

350 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

151 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

207 lb-ft @ 1,350 rpm

It is obvious that the Fiat does not have the most powerful engine but it does offer some good handling and ride quality in that engine. The Ford Mustang Convertible is far ahead than the rest of the models, though the transmission of all the models is the 6 speed manual except for the Mini. We do have to look in the price segment as well; the Mustang costs the most whereas the Mini is also costlier but lacks a lot of power and torque as compared to the 124 Spider Convertible. Frankly speaking, the Fiat is giving its best at a budget price.

2021 Fiat Spider Convertible Acceleration and Braking Performance

The acceleration power of the 124 Spider is not that great as compared to the other rivals. The 1.4-Liter turbocharged engine helps the vehicle to reach 0-60 MPH in just 6.9 seconds. The braking performance of the car is not so fine but we would say it is decent. Only the Abarth has the ABS installed in it and that comes as a standard feature.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Accelerate 0-60 MPH in 6.9 sec

Overall the Fiat’s brake pedals work just fine and it offers good responses to the input as well stopping the vehicle in 120ft.

Models

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible (Expected)

2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2020 Mini Cooper Convertible

0-60 MPH

6.9 seconds

5.6 seconds

5.7 seconds

6.7 seconds

Quarter-Mile

16.3 seconds

14.1 seconds

14.4 seconds

14.9 seconds

Top Speed 

144 MPH

155 MPH

143 MPH

143 MPH

60-0 MPH

120 feet

NA

110 feet

101 feet

Many of the sources have only been mentioning that although the engine of the Fiat is not something to see at or notice at its performance is just outstanding. Ford Mustang Convertible EcoBoost is the fastest one here and has a top speed of 155 MPH, the Fiat being in the second position in terms of Top Speed.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Fuel Economy

9.1/10

Fuel economy is the one thing that Fiat and we have been focusing on since the beginning. The lightweight 124 Spider has the best fuel economy rating in the class. The EPA ratings of the 124 Spider are 26 MPG in the city, 35 MPG for highway and 30 MPG combined. We are expecting the same for the 2021 model as well.

Models

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible (Expected)

2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2020 Mini Cooper Convertible

MPG (city)

26

20

26

23

MPG (highway)

35

28

34

32

MPG (combined)

30

23

29

26

Fuel Capacity

11.9 gallons

15.5 gallons

11.9 gallons

11.6 gallons

Range (city/highway/combined)

309/417/357miles

310/434/356miles

309/405/345miles

267/371/301miles

As expected, the Fiat 124 Spider will win in the fuel economy section. Fiat and Mazda both have the same fuel capacity and very much similar MPG rates. On the other hand, the fuel efficiency of the Mini Cooper Convertible is not very attractive considering its performance.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Interior

6.5/10

The 124 Spider comes with a two-seater which gives an attractive cabin. All the base-model of the vehicle have manual climate controls, but the Lusso and Abarth are equipped with automatic climate control and heated seats. But the interior of the Fiat 124 does not have many luxury features on offer. The cabin is a bit tight for both the driver and passenger. For 2021, Fiat base model Classica has gained premium black cloth seats, Push-Start button and keyless entry as standard.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Cockpit Area

The interior of the vehicle looks a lot more like the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Models

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible (Expected)

2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2020 Mini Cooper Convertible

Seating Capacity

2

4

2

4

Front Row (head/shoulder/legroom) (in.)

37.4/52.1/43.1

37.6/44.7/44.5

37.4/52.2/43.1

39.8/51/41.1

Rear Row (head/shoulder/legroom) (in.)

NA

35.7/44.7/30.8

NA

39/39.7/30.9

Being a two-seater car its front row rooms are not much interesting and the same goes for the Ford Mustang Convertible and the Mini Cooper Convertible. However, the Mustang’s and the Cooper’s rear seat spaces would surely feel very cramped.

How’s the 2021 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible’s infotainment system?

The infotainment system of the Fiat is attractive to look at. All of the 124 Spider trims get a 7.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system. The touchscreen of the Fiat can be operated through a center-console knob and it shares the infotainment software with the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Fiat gets buttons for the audio system, navigation and a few standard home menus. Bluetooth and other connecting options like an auxiliary audio input, redundant steering-wheel audio and phone controls come standard. Sadly, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility are not available.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Infotainment Display

There is a 4-speaker music system installed in the Fiat 124 Spider.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider basic Convertible cockpit area
2021 Fiat 124 Spider Interior Image
2021 Fiat 124 Spider basic Convertible front seats
2021 Fiat 124 Spider Interior Image
2021 Fiat 124 Spider basic Convertible cockpit area
2021 Fiat 124 Spider Interior Image
2021 Fiat 124 Spider basic Convertible wheel
2021 Fiat 124 Spider Interior Image
2021 Fiat 124 Spider basic Convertible shift knob
2021 Fiat 124 Spider Interior Image

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Exterior

8.1/10

The Fiat 124 Spider has always been a sharp looking car. This was one avenue where the Fiat attracted a lot of customers. The 124 Spider gets LED tail lights which are a scaled-down version of the Dodge Viper, this helps the Spider add some aggressive and bold looks. Normally customers get 16-inch wheels on the base model of the vehicle, but the higher model gets 17-inch wheels.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider 

Overall, the curb weight of the Fiat is less but the weight increases by 40lbs when equipped with the automatic transmission.

Models

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible (Expected)

2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2020 Mini Cooper Convertible

Curb Weight

2436 lbs

3642 lbs

2332 lbs

2985 lbs

Length

159.6”

188.3”

154.1”

151.9”

Width

68.5”

75.4”

68.3”

68”

Height

48.5”

54.9”

48.6”

55.7”

Ground Clearance

NA

5”

4.9”

4.5”

Wheelbase

90.9”

107.1”

90.9”

98.2”

Fiat looks heavy but in actuality, it is not. The Ford Mustang Convertible has the highest curb weight this is due to its rear seating availability and a bigger engine. The length and width of the Ford Mustang are much more than the Fiat and the same goes with the Mini Cooper Convertible.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider basic Convertible three quarter view
2021 Fiat 124 Spider
2021 Fiat 124 Spider basic Convertible three quarter view
2021 Fiat 124 Spider
2021 Fiat 124 Spider basic Convertible three quarter view
2021 Fiat 124 Spider
2021 Fiat 124 Spider basic Convertible rear three quarter view
2021 Fiat 124 Spider
2021 Fiat 124 Spider basic Convertible rear three quarter view
2021 Fiat 124 Spider
2021 Fiat 124 Spider basic Convertible top view
2021 Fiat 124 Spider

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Safety

6.8/10

Safety is the priority of the Fiat 124 Spider, but there is no change in the upcoming model. Some of the highlighted safety features include blind-spot monitoring, enhanced accident response system, rear-cross traffic alert. But, unfortunately, the base trims do not have ABS installed in it. NHTSA and IIHS have not crash-tested the current model for its safety and crash capacity. Tire Pressure warning lamp, Rear Cross Path Detection, Rear Backup Camera for parking- all these also come standard to the 124 Spider.

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Competition

8.5/10

2021 Fiat 124 Spider vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Miata and 124 Spider are just the same. They are like brothers from different manufacturers. However, their essence is different. While the Miata can be said to be more sport focused, the 124 Spider is more like a cruiser. The choice between the two is which nature you opt for. 

Mazda MX-5 Miata

2021 Fiat 124 Spider vs. Mini Cooper Convertible

The 124 Spider and the Mini Cooper Convertible have very different natures. The Mini Cooper is exciting and robust, while the 124 offers a more cruiser vibe. This makes safety higher in the Copper while fuel economy higher in the 124 Spider. The purpose of the vehicles are clearly reflected in their strengths.

Mini Cooper Convertible

 

2021 Fiat 124 Spider Final Verdict

Although the classic model is coming back again, we are expecting some very serious changes in the interior of the 2021’s 124 Spider. Overall, the vehicle is outstanding when it comes to performance but lags a bit in the acceleration. Although a bit more focus on the interior in the upcoming models will be splendid, the 124 Spider, as it stands now, is not something the buyers will not love. The top of the line Abarth offers a lot of excitement, and although it still has its shortcomings, the 124 Spider makes sure it gives its money’s worth to any prospecting buyer.

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