Abarth 124 Spider

Performance roadster is capable, but pricey

8.6
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This is the average score given by leading car publications from 5 reviews
  • Aggressive looks
  • Great fun to drive
  • Addictive exhaust sound
  • It’s not cheap
  • Not for the tall
  • Small boot
 

£29,565 - £31,605 Price range

 

2 Seats

 

42 - 44 MPG

Review

Like it did in the past, Abarth has used the Fiat 124 as a base to create the Abarth 124 Spider – the most performance-focused version of the Italian roadster. It rivals the Mazda MX-5, with which it shares many parts, the BMW 2 Series and the Audi TT Roadster.

Abarth insists it’s a very different car to the Fiat, something that is easy to see from a quick glance – the Abarth comes in a striking two-tone paintjob, has an aggressive bodykit and four exhaust pipes that hint at the increased performance.

Performance is the 124’s biggest selling point – its 1.4-litre engine is smaller than the entry level 1.5-litre in a Mazda MX-5, but thanks to a turbocharger it makes 168hp – about 10hp more than even the 2.0-litre Mazda.

Meanwhile the lightweight body, eager engine and beautifully calibrated suspension make the Abarth among the most involving roadsters on sale.

Standard equipment levels reflect the steep asking price, so all cars come with leather upholstery, climate control, a mechanical limited-slip differential and 17-inch alloy wheels.

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