2020 Fiat 124 Spider

2020 MODEL
$25,390 - $29,090
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2020 Fiat 124 Spider Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 21, 2020
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In a segment dominated by the mighty Mazda MX-5, Fiat introduced it’s challenger to this Japanese Behemoth in the form of its 124 Spider, way back in 2016. While both the cars are build in the same assembly line and plant, there are a few subtle differences between them. While the Mazda MX-5, comes powered by a Naturally aspirated motor, the Fiat uses the 1.4L Turbocharged Motor that is good for 160 horses. However, for the 1st time in Fiat’s lineup, this 1.4L Motor of Fiat, comes paired to a RWD transmission.

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Pros

Nimble Handling

Good Reliability

Low Cost of Ownership

Aggressive Pricing

Surprisingly Good MPG figures

Cons

Poor Cargo Space

Apple Car Play, Android Auto still missing

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25390

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

83 cu.in.

horsepower

160 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

184 lbs.-ft. @ 3200 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

44146

dimensions

wheelbase

90.9 in.

length

159.6 in.

width

68.5 in.

height

48.5 in.

curb weight

2436 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

37.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

4.9 cu ft.

payload capacity

505 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/35/30 mpg

highway range

416.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Fiat 124 Spider in Frozen Brilliant White Metallic color 2020 Fiat 124 Spider in Ceramic Metallic color 2020 Fiat 124 Spider in Chiaro Silver Metallic color 2020 Fiat 124 Spider in Forte Black Metallic color
Frozen Brilliant White Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.5

Exterior

7.0

Competition

7.0

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Classica

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

$25,390 - $26,335


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 $26,335 MSRP (26/30/35) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 2

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition

Urbana Edition

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

$25,880 - $27,330


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Urbana Edition 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $25,880 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 $27,330 MSRP (26/30/35) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 2

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso

Lusso

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

$27,640 - $29,090


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Lusso 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $27,640 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 $29,090 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

6.6

Overall Rating


Fiat for the model year 2020, brought about little to no changes to its 124 spider lineup with the exception of additional scorpion graphics for the Abarth Model. The 124 Spider blends classic 1960’s Italian sports car heritage with Japanese know-how quality. The ingredients of this mixture is a 1.4L turbocharged engine and a chassis from the Mazda MX-5. This stylish convertible is a great buy for a convertible 2 door under the 30 grand mark but is exceedingly rare on the road 

Built-in Japan but styled in Italy, the “Fiata” blends the Miata’s puny proportions with throwback looks to the original 124 Spider from the ‘60s to the ‘80s for a classier blend than its Mazda sibling. However, it also faces many of the shortcomings the Miata has, including a cramped, noisy cabin that’s styled well enough but features some flimsy materials.

 

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Front View
2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.5/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 
 

7.0/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Features

7.0/10

The 2020 Fiat 124 Spider, comes in 4 trims and can be paired with either a 6 Speed Manual or a 6 Speed Automatic Transmission, by paying $1,450 over the manual version. Features wise, the 3 trims- Classica, Urbana, and Lusso and Abarth don’t differ by big margins but owing to the name, the Lusso comes with some added luxuries when compared to the other two and the Abarth is Performance oriented 

Trims

Classica

Urbana

Lusso

Abarth

MSRP (Manual)

$25,390 $25,880 $27,640 $29,390

MSRP(Automatic)

$26,335 $27,330 $29,090 $33,210

Key Features

6 Way Driver, 4 Way Passenger Manual Adjust seats

Adds/Upgrades from Classica

Adds/Upgrades from Lusso

Record Monza exhaust
 

Leather Wrapped Tilt Adjust Steering Wheel and Gear knob

Sporty Leather and Microfiber Seats

Heated Leather-Trimmed Seats

Unique steering wheel and gear shifter
 

One Touch up/Down Power Windows

Power folding ORVM's

Automatic Temperature Control 

Blisten Suspension
 

7” Touchscreen Infotainment System with Fiat Connect 7.0, AM/FM radio

Sirius XM with 1 Year free service

7” Touchscreen Infotainment System with SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Limited-slip differential
 

16” Alloy Wheels

17" Aluminum Wheels

17” Alloy Wheels

17" Black Alloy Wheels
 

LED Taillights

Gloss Black Exterior Accents

Automatic Bi-Function Projector Headlamps with DRL’s

Scorpion badges
 

Keyless Entry and Go with Push-button Start

Black Interior Accents with Red Stitching

Leatherette Wrapped Instrument Panel with Piano Black accents

More aggressive lower grille, side skirts and rear bumper

Which trim should you go for?

The Lusso trim with the manual transmission, couples the fun of driving a sports coupe with a stick shifter and the luxuries of a conventional sedan. Hence, we would strongly recommend you to go for the same. But if comfort and Practicality is not your option and adrenaine fun is what drives you pick the Abarth version

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Engine and Performance

6.0/10

While the engine’s unchanged for 2020, the 124’s engine brings giggles and smile over the driver’s face and on top of that, it also charms them with the beautiful exhaust note from the Abarth model. The 164-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four is no longer more powerful than the Miata, as Mazda revamped their engine capacity to a 2 litre which now produces 181-hp, but the Abarth remains the torque king, packing 184 pound-feet to the Miata’s 151 lb-ft. 

More importantly, the Abarth makes its power down low, feeling punchier at low rpm and taking far less work with the shifter to keep it in the powerband. That’s particularly nice around town when you might not want to push the car to redline repeatedly. The trade-off is that it feels much less exciting near the redline, and the throttle response is lethargic compared with the snappy Mazda engine. And on a racetrack, that extra precision and power at the top end makes for a more rewarding experience.

Model

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Mini Cooper Convertible

MSRP

$25,390

$26,890

$26,650

$31,750

Engine

1.4L Turbocharged I-4

2.0L Turbo Inline 4-cylinder

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline 4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline 4

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-speed Automatic 

6-Speed manual

6-Speed Manual

Power

160@5500rpm

174@5000rpm

181@7000rpm 

189@5000rpm

Torque

184@3200rpm

184@1500rpm 

151@4000rpm 

207@1350rpm

Speaking of rivals, the Mini offers the most power and torque in this comparison. The Mazda comes in second but not by a big margin and is then followed by the VW Beetle. Sadly, the Fiat is the least powerful of the lot but for the size of the Motor, it’s decently powerful and we aren’t complaining about the same.

How fast is the Fiat 124 Spider?

While the 1.4L Turbocharged Motor may be small in displacement and size, it certainly isn't small in punch and character. The Lightweight Body of the Fiat, combined with the Turbocharger fitted in the motor, allows the Fiat to do the 60MPH dash in under 7 seconds. That’s pretty impressive, considering the size of this Car and the displacement of the engine. Out on the road, the turbo lag may rob you of some of the fun initially but get past the 2500rpm and you will best enjoy the Fiat on both the city and on the highway.

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible 0-60 MPH in just 6.9 sec

Models

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Volkswagen Beetle convertible*

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport*

Mini Cooper Convertible* 

0-60 MPH

6.9 sec

6.4 sec

5.6 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter mile

15.1 sec

15.7 sec

14.5 sec

15.1 sec

Engine

1.4L Turbocharged I-4

2.0L Turbo Inline 4-cylinder

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline 4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline 4

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 

5.9

6.0

6.0

7.1

The Mazda MX-5 makes the best use of its big 2.0L Naturally aspirated motor and it’s lightweight body to good use and comes out as the fastest of the lot, as far as acceleration figures go. The Beetle’s surprisingly, comes second here, owing to its big turbocharged motor. The Fiat marginally loses out to the VW in this respect but by the smallest of margins. The Heft of the Mini takes a toll on its performance and makes it, the slowest in terms of the acceleration figures.

Ride and Handling 

The Abarth Model with it Blistein shocks and additional strut tower brace gets advantage over the Miata in terms of Ride quality and comfort on the long journeys .The near 50-50 weight distribution offers great handling and performance around corners and in the straight line with good stability. Also, the car feels planted at speeds around 50mph with the Top-down on cities as well as Highways.

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Rear View

The Handling of the Fiat has a typical Italian flair and handles perfectly. The cornering dynamics of the Fiat is superb and maintains good composure in a straight line at all speeds. The Double wishbone suspension on the Front and Multilink on the Rear ensures good ride quality in smooth roads as well as bumpy roads.

The Steering offers great feel and feedback and offers great confidence while driving. The Suspension in the Classica and Lusso have been tuned a bit softly as compared to the Abarth version so as to give a better everyday riding experience and a bit more comfort without compromising on the agility.

Braking

The Fiat takes just 111ft to come to a dead stop from 60MPH and this is one of the testimonials to the Fiat’s dynamic abilities. Fiat claims that this has been made possible, courtesy of the high-quality brakes and the lightweight of the 124 Spider. The Pedals offer a lot of engagement and feel communicative on application.

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Front Brake is 11.0 in.

There is very little brake fade under heavy braking on both the cities and on the motorway and the 124, maintains a linear track under the heavy application.

Model

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Volkswagen Beetle convertible*

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport*

Mini Cooper Convertible* 

Brake Front(in)

11.0

11.3

11.0

11.6

Brake Rear(in)

11.0

10.7

11.0

10.2

Curb weight(lbs)

2436

3239

2339

2985

60-0 MPH (ft.)

111

120

110

126

The Mazda MX-5 manages to edge out the Fiat in the braking performance by the smallest of margins and that is attributed to the lower curb weight of the same. The VW Beetle has to suffer in this respect here as well, owing to its heft and braking abilities. We expect the Mini to slot itself between the Beetle and the Fiat, in terms of braking performance.

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The Fiat being a lightweight car and sharing its underpinnings with the Mazda delivers good fuel efficiency (Miles Per Gallon) figures against its competitors with the best overall in class mileage figures of 30MPG. Couple that, to a 12-gallon fuel tank and you can traverse a distance of at least 300 miles in the Fiat. However, compared to its rivals, we expected a slightly bigger fuel tank but fiat says that the compromise has been made, owing to improvement in performance and dynamics.

Model

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Volkswagen Beetle convertible*

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport*

Mini Cooper Convertible* 

MPG (city)

26

26

26

23

MPG (highway)

35

33

34

32

MPG (combined)

30

29

29

26

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gallon)

11.9

14.5

11.9

11.6

Range(City/Hwy)

309/417 miles

377/479 miles

309/405 miles

267/371 miles

The VW Beetle aces the Mileage test by offering the most range among its adversaries. The Mini here fails miserably owing to its average MPG figures and a small 11.6 Gallon fuel tank capacity. The Mazda and the Fiat have no separation between them but the Mazda loses out, owing to it’s naturally aspirated motor.

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Interior

6.5/10

The seats are well bolstered and have been ergonomically designed to ensure a comfortable fit. You get a glove box in between the 2 front seats which can be locked. The Classica model offers Premium Black Cloth Seats and the Lusso offers Premium heated leather-trimmed seats.

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Front Seats

You also get Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel for an added premium feel from the Steering Wheel which can be adjusted only for Rake and not for Reach.

Model

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Mini Cooper Convertible

Passenger capacity

2

4

2

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.4/52.1/43.1

39.3/55.3/41.3

37.4/52.2/43.1

39.8/51.0/41.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

-

37.6/43.1/31.4

-

39.0/39.7/30.9

The legroom offered in the front is the Best in Class while the headroom may be an issue for passengers above 6ft but fine for most others. The shoulder room is also decent with respect to the competition as well. You also get Push Button Start and Keyless entry standard on all variants but the Lusso gets an Auto Climate Control which the Classica misses out on.

Infotainment

With modern-day cars, you would expect a Hi-Fi stereo and Audio system along with a fancy touchscreen system inside them. The same goes with the Fiat as well. Fiat is bundling a 7" touchscreen infotainment system with the new 124 Spider Abarth and packs in modern features like Sirius XM Satellite Radio, USB, Aux connectivity and a lot more. The Infotainment system, though not the slickest in the category, manages to just about get the job done and plays everything without much hassle.

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible 7.0” Touchscreen Infotainment System with Fiat Connect 7.0
  • Piano Black Instrument Panel accents
  • Multimedia Control Knob
  • 7.0” Touchscreen Infotainment System with Fiat Connect 7.0
  • 4 Speaker Music System AM/FM/SiriusXM Radio
  • Bluetooth Connectivity and Integrated Voice Command
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls
  • Pandora, Aha, Stitcher Apps

Interior Features 

The 2020 Fiat 124 Spider, comes with a long list of features on the inside. Some of the highlights include the following few features.

  • Heated Seats with Headrests
  • AC with Automatic Temperature Control 
  • Power Windows with One-Touch-Down feature
  • Push Button Start
  • Sport Leather Shift Knob with Manual Transmission
  • Tilt adjust Electric Power steering

How practical is it on the Cargo front?

While convertibles are famed for their low cargo capacities, the 2020 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is no exception as well. The Fiat manages to offer just 4.9 cu. ft. of space, courtesy of the convertible roof taking up the boot space. However, there are a decent number of cubby holes in the cabin, to keep hold of small water bottles or your coffee cups.

Model

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Volkswagen Beetle convertible*

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport*

Mini Cooper Convertible* 

Cargo Capacity (Cu. ft.)

4.9

7.1

4.6

7.6

While the Fiat and the Mazda have the same cargo space, the Mini and the VW offer a slightly better cargo capacity than both of these cars. The Mini takes the overall lead in this respect and the VW marginally loses out to the same.

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible
2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible
2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible
2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible
2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Exterior

7.0/10

One of the big differences between the 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5 Miata, comes on the design front. The 124, manages to exude a typical Italian design and blends in the form with features, perfectly well. The Exteriors of the Fiat 124 Spider oodles with Style and can be easily identifiable as an Italian Car. It has nice body lines on the hood and on the sides which gives the car a nice look. The Car has a manual soft-top which is super easy to operate and striking to look at as well.

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Top View

The Fiat 124 is a pretty lightweight car owing to the fact that the underpinnings are shared with MX-5 Miata. However, Fiat has ensured that the Weight doesn’t compromise performance. The Dimensions of the Car looks like a typical sports car with a Big Bonnet, Character lines on the sides and on the hood just to give it a more aerodynamic feel and advantage.

Model

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Mini Cooper Convertible

Curb weight(lbs)

2436

3225

2332

2985

Length (in)

159.6

168.4

154.1

151.9

Width(in)

68.5

71.2

68.3

68.0

Height(in)

48.5

59.1

48.6

55.7

Ground clearance(in)

NA

5.9

4.9

4.5

Wheelbase(in)

90.9

100.0

90.9

98.2

The overall length of the car is 159.6in which isn’t compact in proportions but lends an advantage while driving around corners. The car has good weight distribution and has a curb weight of 2436lbs which makes the car feel planted at 3 digit speeds. The Short wheelbase, aids the dynamics of the Fiat as well.

Exterior Features 

Like the Interiors, you can expect a lot of features on the inside of the 2020 Fiat 124 Spider. Some of those include the following few

  • 17” Gun Metallic Aluminum Alloys
  • Bi-Function Projector Headlamps with DRL’s
  • LED Taillights with Side Repeater Lamps
  • Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Powered Mirrors
  • Dual Exhaust with Bright tips
  • Headlamps with Turn-Off time delay
2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Exterior
2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Exterior
2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Exterior
2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Exterior
2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Exterior
2020 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Exterior

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Safety

With a unanimous concern regarding the safety of occupants, manufacturers are upping their Safety game and making their cars safer than ever. The Fiat 124 Spider, is a sports car at heart but with features like Electric Power Steering, Multiple Airbags, Electronic Stability Control and more, you will feel safe inside the 124 Spider. Due to low sales number , NHTSA and the IIHS have not crash tested this car yet 

Standard safety features on offer

  • Dual Stage Front airbags
  • Enhanced Accident Response System
  • ParkView Rear Backup Camera
  • Supplemental Front Seat Side Airbags
  • Tire Pressure Warning Lamp
  • Rear Cross Path Detection
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring System
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Competition

7.0/10

Fiat 124 Spider vs Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle, has been around for a while now and has aged well. The Beetle has been very well put together and now, offers a lot more value in terms of features and practicality than ever before. However, the Beetle feels more of a city hatch rather than an outright sports car. The Fiat on the other hand, is a proper Front engine, Rear wheel Drive car that wants to spice up your daily commutes. It may not be as practical as the VW but for what it offers, the Fiat is a goo purchase. If a practical convertible is what you desire, the VW will suit you best. However, if a convertible affordable sports car is what you are after, you sure can vest your money into the Fiat.

Fiat 124 Spider vs Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5, is the world’s most selling sports car of all time and there are a multitude of reasons behind the same. The Mazda comes with a naturally aspirated motor, unlike the Fiat’s turbocharged unit and hence, feels slightly more engaging to drive. In terms of features and pricing, both are equally matched and have little to no differences between them. Choosing between the 2, again comes down to your preferences. If you want an Sports Car with an Italian Flair and grab eyeballs wherever you go, the 124 Spider is your vehicle. However, if a classic non nonsense sports car with the flair of a no nonsense motor is what you desire, just go for the Mazda.

2020 Volkswagen Beetle
2020 Mazda MX-5

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Final Verdict

In this hotly contested segment of Affordable Convertibles, very few cars have been able to make a mark on the segment. The Fiat 124 Spider, is one of those cars. In its short time of existence, this affordable roadster from the Italian Giant, has proven to be a good alternative to segment favorites like the Mazda MX-5 and the Mini Convertible. The Fiat feels peppy to drive, has a good set of features and is a reliable workhorse as well. So, if you are tired of seeing compact hatchbacks and crossovers in your neighborhood and want a convertible that will bring a smile to your face every time you take it for a drive, the 2020 Fiat 124 Spider is one such car that will solve this purpose of yours.

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