2020 FIAT 124 Spider

Interior


#7 out of 8 in Sports Cars

MSRP
$25,390
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2020 FIAT 124 Spider Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.0

The 2020 Fiat 124 Spider has a snug two-seat interior. The cabin looks and feels a lot like the Mazda Miata’s interior, and that’s a good thing overall. Most materials are attractive and high-quality, but some feel a little cheap. The 124 Spider’s tech features are easy to use.

  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 two-seat Fiat 124 Spider has comfortable and nicely padded seats, but head- and legroom are tight for tall drivers and passengers. That being said, this is the norm for the sports car segment. Cloth seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard; heated leather seats and Recaro sport seats are available. 

  • Cabin space is tight, especially for drivers and passengers measuring more than six feet tall. The top, when raised, arcs tightly over the cabin, and the small rear window contributes to the interior's confining nature. At least when the soft top is folded behind the seats, as it should be as often as possible—remember, this is a roadster!—the sky's the limit on headroom." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 124 is tiny, and it feels tiny inside. There's not much lateral leg space or elbow and shoulder room. The low and thick windscreen frame adds to the claustrophobic feeling, even with the top down. The transmission tunnel takes up passenger-side floor space, making for a cramped experience." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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)

Interior Features

The 2020 Fiat 124 Spider comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a rearview camera, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, and push-button start.

Available features include satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and adaptive LED headlights.

This Fiat's infotainment system and 7-inch touch screen are user-friendly, with a simple menu structure and a few physical controls. You can tap the screen to make adjustments or use buttons on the center console and steering wheel.

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  • "All 124 Spiders ship with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Users can also operate the touchscreen via a center-console knob and its shares the infotainment software with the Miata. The setup is straightforward and benefits from shortcut buttons for audio, navigation, and home menus placed around the control knob. Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio input, and redundant steering-wheel audio and phone controls are standard, but the rest of the technology is rudimentary. Smartphone connectivity platforms such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't offered." -- Car and Driver
  • 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 the removable cupholders are in place. Its few controls are clearly marked and easy to understand." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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 just 4.9 cubic-feet of trunk space. That’s enough space to fit a few grocery bags or luggage for a weekend trip, but not much else. Almost every other car in this class has a larger trunk.

  • The trunk is minuscule, with a small opening that's flat in the rear deck. Fortunately, the car is low to the ground, which keeps the liftover height from being overly problematic. Two soft overnight bags will fit, but don't plan on packing much more than that." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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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