Fiat spider 2017 review




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    Fiat spider 2017 review

    Fiat spider 2017 review

    I find the opposite to be true -- I was perfectly comfortable in an MX-5 for several hours of spirited driving, while the side bolsters dug into my ribs from the first moments behind the wheel. The trunk opening is still very horizontal and somewhat restricted, but I'd trade trunk space for the ability to recline just a few more inches. Digital Subscription Take Autoweek to go on your digital device and get the car news you want, wherever you are. The dearth of interior space is one of the few items inside that reinforces the view that this platform and body were designed with the Miata's needs first, and from that point on were only gently tweaked by Fiat to its own philosophy and ergonomic goals. It was a little too cold this time around to take advantage of that.

    Fiat spider 2017 review

    Fiat spider 2017 review

    Fiat spider 2017 review

    Fiat spider 2017 review

    Fiat spider 2017 review

    Fiat Spider Review () | Autocar

    Those who have actually been in the old Spider may remember it as a decently-sized roadster with a lively engine and chassis wearing a once-stylish Pininfarina suit. The new Spider is an entirely different beast, one that prizes performance and handling over interior space and comfort, but which offers a genuinely fun ride without resorting to an overpowered rally-spec engine. The engine in question is a Fiat-built turbocharged 1.

    This powerplant offers more than enough oomph to propel the Spider around B-roads and the interstate alike and the six-speed auto is intuitive enough to prevent awkward shifts.

    Fiat spider 2017 review

    The response of the engine mimics a manual very well, to the point that people outside may not be able to discern that it's an auto, helped by a delightful accompanying soundtrack. With a longer body and a slightly rearranged interior, the Spider still feels like it was designed to be a Miata and some things were later changed to turn it into a Fiat. Even though Fiat stretched the Miata by a few inches, it's still a very Mazda-like cabin with an upright seating position and very little knee and leg room.

    This means a very restricted interior for the driver and passenger, as the backs of the seats rub up against the back wall. No amount of yanking the seat lever will produce extra room for 5'11" giants such as myself. The dearth of interior space is one of the few items inside that reinforces the view that this platform and body were designed with the Miata's needs first, and from that point on were only gently tweaked by Fiat to its own philosophy and ergonomic goals.

    Fiat spider 2017 review

    Still, the Spider is a tremedously fun machine, offering a stiff and well-balanced chassis and plenty of power to tackle any road except a gravel trail. Engine noise and road noise appears to have been reduced in the Spider, compared to the Miata, and the suspension feels slighty more forgiving. The manually-operated canvas top is easy to open and close, and the touchable interior surfaces feel well-chosen and substantial for the most part.

    The trunk opening is still very horizontal and somewhat restricted, but I'd trade trunk space for the ability to recline just a few more inches. The interior is for people of most, but perhaps not all, heights. In a contest between the Miata and the Spider, I would pick the Fiat version over Mazda's as it is just a little bit plusher and better insulated from the roar of wheelers. Though in a contest with the few other entries in this size but not price category the duo is snug enough to make the interior of a Mini Cooper seem like a Rolls-Royce Phantom.

    The Spider still offers some of the feel of wearing a jet pack, but it is no longer the four-wheel motorcycle experience that early Miatas served up, complete with sore limbs and back. The car basically behaved exactly as I figured it would. According to our site it hits 60 in 6. It does get with the program with more gusto starting at about 3K rpm. Sorry Fiat, not feeling this one. I'll agree the is arguably better looking than the Miata, but that's the only place I think it improves on the Mazda -- the caveat being that I haven't driven a stick-shift yet nor an automatic Miata, thank God.

    Fiat spider 2017 review

    Given the Mazda underpinnings, the Fiat's unique selling propositions are its Italian powertrain and some interior refinements. The is decently quick, but all the MX-5's quick-revving refinement is totally lost. Oh, and forget about the automatic doing any kind of Porsche PDK impression -- in manual mode shifts are hilariously sluggish, probably why Fiat didn't bother putting paddles on the wheel. Some critics have made noise about the Miata's seats and seating position being unsuitable for longer drives, with the Fiat improving upon them.

    I find the opposite to be true -- I was perfectly comfortable in an MX-5 for several hours of spirited driving, while the side bolsters dug into my ribs from the first moments behind the wheel. Obviously your experience will vary based on body shape, but be sure you do an extended test-fit before you buy.

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