2019 FIAT 124 Spider

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2019 FIAT 124 Spider Interior Review

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Interior: 7.3

Like many roadsters, the 124 Spider has a tight cabin, low seats, and a small trunk. It’s compact and minimalistic but not unattractive. It shares many similarities with the jointly designed Mazda Miata, though the Fiat’s cabin is a little more stylish and comfortable. In fact, despite a few hard plastics, the overall interior quality signals a high point for the Fiat brand. Features are fairly basic, though the Spider Lusso mixes a little luxury into this sports car.

  • "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 seats two on standard cloth upholstery. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are standard, along with manually adjustable seats. Upgrades include heated leather-trimmed seats, and Recaro sport seats with Alcantara upholstery.

This Fiat’s well-padded seats and well-insulated cabin make it a more comfortable car to cruise in than its Mazda sibling. That said, it has limited passenger space. While most adults should fit with reasonable comfort, taller adults may feel cramped. Getting in and out of the car is also tricky for taller people.

  • "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
  • "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

Standard equipment includes a rearview camera, a 3-inch infotainment display, and a four-speaker stereo with Bluetooth. Several more tech and convenience features are available, including a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment screen, navigation, app connections such as Pandora and Aha, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a handful of active safety features.

The Fiat’s infotainment system is relatively minimalistic. Even the upgraded system is sparsely equipped compared to some rival systems. It has redundant buttons and knobs that make the interface easy to understand and use, though a few critics find the placement of the central control knob just behind the shifter to be somewhat awkward. The manually operated soft top draws a lot of praise, and it is easy to open and close quickly.

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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 the removable cupholders are in place. 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. That’s all the space you’ll need to fit luggage for a weekend holiday, but you should pack light. This car has one of the smallest trunks in the class, though it is slightly more spacious than the Miata's 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
  • "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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