2019 FIAT 124 Spider Overview

Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - October 26, 2018

The 2019 Fiat 124 Spider is possible thanks to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but it manages to offer a styling direction and performance attribute all of its own. This two-seat roadster advances styling elements from earlier Fiat models, while offering a thoroughly modern rendering. As you might expect, the interior is small and storage space is very limited.

What's New for 2019

Several changes of note accompany the 2019 model. Itl now offers a new Record Monza Exhaust, a $995 upgrade delivering an “Abarth growl.” An available Abarth Veleno Appearance Group has red exterior mirror caps, a red lower fascia lip, and a red front tow hook. It also comes with Abarth-branded floor mats and a bright red footrest. Double Rally Stripe and Rally Stripe options offer further personalization, costing $295 each.

Choosing Your 124 Spider

All 2019 Fiat 124 Spider models are powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine has an output of 160 horsepower (164 Abarth) and 184 pound-feet of torque. Fiat pairs this engine with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission, the later costing $1,350 across all three trims.

With the manual transmission, this model makes an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway, and 30 combined, while models equipped with the automatic make 25/36/29 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Fiat offers the 2019 124 Spider in Classica, Lusso, and Abarth trims. All models seat two, come with a soft-top roof, and offer a suite of available safety features.


Priced from $26,290 (all prices include the $1,295 destination charge), the Classica kicks things off for the 2019 124 Spider. This model has halogen headlights, LED taillights, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a dual-tip exhaust system. You’ll also find keyless entry with push-button start, a tilt steering column, air conditioning, black roll-bar finish, soft-touch materials throughout the cabin, a four-speak audio system, and cloth seats. The Technology Group ($395) adds keyless entry and satellite radio.


Building on the base model, the Lusso starts at $29,090. Upgrades include a chrome dual-tip exhaust system, fog lights, automatic headlights, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and a silver-painted A-pillar and roll-bar cover. Inside, the leather seats are heated, while imitation leather touches cover many surfaces.

Three packages are available. The Comfort and Convenience Group ($1,495, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a security alarm), the Navigation and Sound Group ($1,295, nine-speaker Bose audio system and navigation), and the Visibility Group ($995, adaptive LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, automatic leveling lights, headlight washers).


The performance-oriented Abarth retails for $30,585. This model is oriented to enthusiasts with its slight boost in horsepower. You’ll also find a Bilstein sport suspension, a mechanical limited-slip differential, a Sport Mode selector and a quad-tip exhaust system. The 17-inch wheels are finished in Gun Metal grey. Accents and available hood stripes allow for further customization. Brembo performance brakes are available for $1,495, while an exhaust system with "Abarth" fender badges cost $995. The three packages from the Lusso are available here, while a Veleno Appearance Group ($495) adds some red exterior touches, a bright dead pedal, and Abarth floor mats.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 Fiat 124 Spider continues as a rarity on the market, with the Mazda MX-5 Miata the only other mainstream competitor. We like the performance attributes of the Abarth, and it's only $1,495 more expensive than the Lusso.

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