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Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
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Running costs

4.2 out of 5 4.2

An efficient turbocharged petrol engine and lightweight body mean the Fiat 124 Spider performs well in terms of running costs.

Fiat promises 44.1mpg from the 124 – not enough to trouble a diesel motorway cruiser, but still respectable in the sports car world.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,322 - £1,385 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Servicing should be carried out every 9,000 miles.
Warranty Three years/unlimited mileage.
Road tax (12 months) £145 - £200
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 25 - 26
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

3.8 out of 5 3.8

Despite its sporty nature the lightweight Fiat 124 performs quite well in terms of its environmental impact.

As such you can expect 148g/km of CO2 from the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.4 MultiAir (140hp) Petrol,
1.4 Petrol
148 g/km (Min) £160
1.4 MultiAir (140hp) Petrol 153 g/km (Max) £145 - £200

Reliability

4.4 out of 5 4.4

We’d expect the Mazda parts to be stereotypically bulletproof – it has been fettling the MX-5’s design for nearly 30 years now.

Fiat also uses this engine in a number of different applications so we’d expect it to be a pretty solid thing, with many years of trouble-free enjoyment.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other No problems reported.

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