Roadster Review | FIAT 124 Spider 2017 | Driving Television

06 Nov Roadster Review | FIAT 124 Spider 2017 | Driving Television

My first car crush was with a British Racing Green Mazda Miata, renamed the MX-5 (Though it will always be a Miata to me).  When it comes to the price and well how it performs, others have tried to compete, but on one can come close. Is the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider going to be the one to out finally do it?

This Fiat is basically the Miata’s Italian cousin. From a distance, most people have no ideas that this handsome roadster is NOT a Miata.  Interestingly enough, this is what they liked the most about it. Something more unique, something just a bit different.

The Fiat has a longer nose and more rear overhang.  The headlight cutouts, grille shape and hood contours take their design cues from the original 124 Spider.

The interior of both these roadsters are pretty much identical. The layout of the cockpit, the buttons and controls as well as the infotainment system are the same. It looks simple and modern. Three big dials to work the air temperature and flow.  All information is displayed on a screen that stands up in the center of the dash.  I am not a fan.  It looks like more of an after thought and doesn’t flow with the rest of the layout. Maybe if you could push a button and stow it away when not in use I would like it better?

The ergonomic design allows easy operation of the steering wheel controls, pedals and shifter.  Every thing has been placed with the comfort of the driver in mind.  I am pretty average size and am curious to see if has the same level of comfort for Dan.

Climbing in and out of this car is not the easiest since it does sit so low to the ground. Once seated, though, the bolsters provide great support and comfort.

The small trunk and lack of a glove box is not an issue for me.  My boyfriend has an SUV when we need more space. I could see this being an issue if the Spider was your only car.  I was a bit worried when I took an impromptu trip to Costco, but was surprised at what would fit in this little trunk.

The awkward location of the cup holders did cause some issues for my morning latte and the large water bottle that I always carry around. The holder in the arm rest is too far back to reach easily while driving. The second cup holder is by the passengers leg but passengers keep hitting it with their knee. It is removable, but then someone has to hold their own coffee. Third world problems, right?


  • Lacey Lee Elliott
    Lacey Lee Elliott
    Posted at 20:20h, 13 November Reply

    So close – who prefers the FIAT and who prefers the MAZDA? Why?

  • Mitch Morrow
    Mitch Morrow
    Posted at 20:21h, 13 November Reply

    I’ll take both please ??

  • Neil Gelowitz
    Neil Gelowitz
    Posted at 23:36h, 09 December Reply

    I haven’t driven either, but personally much prefer the looks of the Fiat.

  • Adam Grenon
    Adam Grenon
    Posted at 20:48h, 03 February Reply

    It is a Mazda

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