Fiat 124 Spider, from 25,900 euros

While the Mazda MX-5 is offered with both 1.5 and 2.0 SKYACTIV-G engines, both naturally aspirated, the 124 Spider is only offered with the 140 hp 1.4 MultiAir (160 hp in the US). The turbocharged engine adds weight to the package, but performance-wise it's slightly better than the equivalent naturally aspirated 1.5-litre 131bhp. Those who wanted a turbocharged MX-5 need look no further.

At the moment it's only available with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The "basic" model is the 124 Spider - plain and simple - and includes 16″ wheels, leather steering wheel and gear knob, cloth seats, MP3 radio with 3″ screen, USB and four speakers, cruise control and keyless start, among other features. It's on tap for 25,990 euros, not counting commercial discounts.


Above is the 124 Spider Lusso, which adds the 17″ wheels, front fog lights, leather seats, automatic climate control (instead of manual), etc.. This one goes up in price by 2,000 euros, very reasonable just considering the leather. The image corresponds to this version of equipment.

Remember that this is not a simple rebranding of the MX-5 with Fiat logo. There are several changes, in addition to the engine, as in the infotainment system, gearbox, trunk volume, exterior dimensions ... It should be mentioned apart that the mechanics of Fiat and Mazda are not trained bidirectionally on the subject of engines, although it is true that many components are exactly the same.




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