2018 FIAT 124 Spider

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2018 FIAT 124 Spider Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider comes in a compact, lightweight package, and like most roadsters, that also means low-mounted seats, limited passenger space, and a small trunk. Interior quality marks a high point for the Fiat brand, though there are some down-market pieces of trim. Amenities are still pretty basic, though, and some find the similarities to the jointly designed Mazda MX-5 Miata to be too much.

  • "There's a mishmash of Mazda and Fiat parts in the cabin, so it doesn't feel all that cohesive. The sense of quality is a bit hit-or-miss: Soft-touch surfaces mix with flimsy-feeling plastics, and some pieces (notably in our tester, the rear folding-top release handle) felt looser than we'd like." -- Edmunds
  • "This is easily the most understated, tasteful, and solid-feeling interior in the Fiat lineup." -- Road and Track (2017)
  • "The Fiat is more comfortable, more stylish and more grown-up than the Miata." -- CNET (2017)

Seating

The 124 Spider is a two-seat roadster with cloth upholstery, manually adjustable seats, and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel among its standard features. Upgrades include leather upholstery, heated seats, sport seats with leather upholstery, and Recaro leather-trimmed seats.

The seats have better padding than those in the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and its ride is quieter – two qualities that make for a more comfortable road trip. The car's design results in limited passenger space, however, and some adults may feel cramped.

  • "The 124 doesn't have a lot to offer in terms of comfort. The ride is better than in many performance-oriented cars, but the seats are tight, and there's a significant lack of sound insulation. Plenty of other convertibles have more to offer when it comes to everyday comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "It's in less subjective areas like passenger comfort where the 124 Spider truly distinguishes itself. Interior space is essentially identical to the Miata but enhanced sound deadening and Fiat-specific suspension tuning result in a quieter, more pleasant ride. Truth be told if tasked with a long-distance journey up the coast I'd choose the Fiat." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "With the Fiat MultiAir sitting low and back in the cab-rearward chassis to create an almost front-mid-engine layout, there is still no space for a glovebox. The catalyst intrudes under the left side of the passenger's footwell, and my drive partner, who's a few inches taller than my 5-foot-11 frame, complained of a cramped passenger seat. It doesn't have as much fore-aft travel adjustment as the driver's seat, and his knees were up close to where the glovebox would be." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)

Interior Features

The 124 Spider comes standard with a 3-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, and push-button start. Available features include navigation, a 7-inch infotainment display, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, automatic climate control, a proximity key, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic monitoring.

The standard infotainment system has only basic features, and even the upgraded system comes sparsely outfitted compared to some similarly priced sports cars. The interface is easy to use, though the accessibility of the redundant buttons and knobs gets mixed reviews. The Fiat gets a lot of praise for its manually operated convertible soft top, which opens and closes in seconds with very little elbow grease.

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  • This car's small size brings all of the controls within easy reach. Drivers with long arms will find the infotainment control knob's placement awkward, especially when drinks are in the removable cupholders. Its few controls are clearly marked and easy to understand." -- Edmunds
  • At the center of the dash is the Fiat Connect infotainment system, which is perfectly identical to the Mazda Connect system in the Miata, aside from displaying a Fiat logo on the splash screen at startup. It has the same physical controller on the center console and the same 7-inch display, which features touch input but only when the roadster is stopped. I'm not a huge fan of this system, but it gets the job done with decent navigation and basically stays out of the way while I'm driving, which is pretty much all that I need it to do." -- CNET (2017)
  • "The controls are basically the same, and placed identically, which is good, because the Miata's various knobs and buttons are simple and easy to understand at a glance." -- Road and Track (2017)

Cargo

The 124 Spider has a 4.9-cubic-foot trunk, which is enough room to hold luggage for a couple on a weekend getaway.

  • You can't expect much utility from a tiny, two-seat convertible, and the 124 certainly doesn't deliver much. A weekend trip for two is about the most this car can handle. Other convertibles might offer more practicality, but that typically comes at the cost of size, weight and nimbleness." -- Edmunds
  • "The Fiata is about 5 inches longer than the Miata, though the wheelbases are identical. Some of that extra length shows up in the front overhang, but most of it can be found in the noticeably larger, more useful trunk." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • "The extra trunk space is nice. Legitimately useful. I crammed a large roll-aboard bag into the back of the Fiat and still had a usable amount of room left; the last time I put this bag in a Miata, it basically took up the whole trunk." -- Road and Track (2017)
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