Patrick George from Jalopnik was handed a 2017 Fiat 124 Spider to test ride for a week and while he did enjoy the roadster, he didn’t love it.
So what does he think Fiat did right with the Spider?
The design is nice especially from the side, with body panels that curves and is reminiscent of the original 124 Sport Spider and maybe even the NB Miata. It has a great front facia that’s both cute and retro but without being overly so.
Aesthetics aside, where the 124 Spider really shines is its 160-hp 1.4-liter turbo four. Sourced from the 500 Abarth, the engine can pump out 184 lb-ft of torque and there’s barely any lag down low. Once you get past that point, there’s going to be a broad swell of torque in the midrange.
Where he was let down was with the soft suspension which feels more pliant thus affecting the roadster’s handling. This isn’t all bad, if fiat was to make a roadster exactly the same as the Miata, then there would be too much competition. The 124 Spider’s smoother ride would be appreciated by people who just wants to take the Spider for golfing on a Saturday.
What does everyone think of his review?