2018 Fiat 124 Spider Classica: A Classic Reimagined

By: Candice Merrill
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | 10:22 PM

2018fiat124spider475If you think the Fiat Spider resembles the MX-5 Miata, you’d be right. Mazda did have a hand in creating the structure of the Spider, but that is where the comparisons end. Fiat uses its own suspension, engine and trany, making it a chip off the old Spider block.

Since its debut in the 2017 model year little has been done to change the brand-new car. There were just a few options package tweaks.

The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider comes in three trim levels: Classica, Lusso and Abarth. This review will focus on the Classica.

The base trim Classica comes equipped with 16-inch wheels, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, cruise control, a manual tilt-adjustable steering wheel, Bluetooth phone connectivity, keyless entry, pushbutton start, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

My model was also equipped with the one option available to the Classica, the Technology Group Package which added a rearview camera, proximity entry, rear parking sensors, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch screen, voice controls, streaming music app integration, satellite radio and GPS capability.

2018fiat124spiderintA turbocharged, 1.4-liter, 4-banger powers the Spider Classica producing 160 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. My model was equipped with the optional six-speed automatic transmission which my knee appreciated. Expect to get 25/city, 36/highway and 29/combined mpg.

The best way to describe the interior of the Spider is “small”. There is no back seat. The front seats are fine if you are short of stature, but I imagine taller people might feel a bit cramped. On the bright side, the controls are within easy reach so adjusting the volume or changing the climate controls is easy.

The cup holders are problematic, they are removable and you can move the driver’s from front to back but if there is a passenger in the car you must put it in the back because of legroom issues and accessing it requires a bit of contortion.

The manual convertible top is a cinch to use so users are more likely to use it often and in Southern California there are plenty of beautiful days to be enjoyed. The trunk, as expected, is small and suitable for a weekend romp, but you’d be hard-pressed to fit anymore than two small suitcases.

The Spider is a joy to drive with great steering, handling and breaking. I enjoyed zipping through traffic, and parking in small spaces. The ride is a bit rough but I would expect nothing more, this is a low-slung sports car after all.

Looking for a fun sporty vehicle? Give the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Classica a test drive.