2018 Fiat 124 Walk Around

The 124 Spider and MX-5 have the same 90.9-inch wheelbase, but the Fiat is 5.5 inches longer and a small bit wider. It only resembles the MX-5, it doesn’t really look like it. The Fiat has a longer hood with a retro rectangular grille and scooped headlamps, features that make it resemble the original 124. There are strong character lines on the side panels, a higher rear deck over a slightly bigger trunk, and contemporary alloy wheels.

The convertible top is by Mazda, easy to operate with one hand, and easily secured with a single windshield header latch; it’s perfectly simple. The fabric is heavier than that in the MX-5, to provide more sound insulation. There is no hard-top as there is with the MX-5, but the twin rollbar hoops are taken from the MX-5.

The Classica trim is black and body-colored; Lusso trim is silver; and Abarth is gunmetal, often with a black hood.


Only a few interior bits are shared with the MX-5; the Fiat’s soft-touch materials are better, and its cabins is more refined. There’s a Fiat instrument package, Fiat door panels, Fiat cloth upholstery in the Classica, and elegantly stitched Italian leather in the other two models.

Naturally there’s the availability of navigation and connectivity, with readouts on the small screen rising from the dash, like the MX-5.

The interior is snug like the MX-5, especially the passenger side; the Spider’s extra length is all in the overhangs. Six-footers will be challenged.

With the top down, the cockpit is fairly free of turbulence; caps stay on, without having to be turned backwards. Conversation is possible, with raised voices, but still possible. With the top up, the interior is quiet at freeway speeds. Fiat put extra effort into noise suppression.

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