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Fiat 124 Spider

£ 26,645
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Published: 03 May 2018
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You can read more about our six months with a 124 Spider here, but it was refreshingly easy for a rear-drive sports car. Our only reliability ‘issue’ was that the interior courtesy light needed a new bulb by the time it went back. Cars get no simpler to run, really.

Its fuel economy wasn’t as good as an MX-5’s, but that’s largely down to how clever Mazda’s latest petrol engines are. The 124 Spider will do mpg in the high 40s on a motorway run, low 30s in town, and somewhere in between in typical everyday driving. Fiat claims 44.1mpg, and this is probably achievable if you’re light footed.

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Maintenance is costlier than the MX-5; services are pricier and more frequent, with a visit to the dealer needed every 9,000 miles. That’s probably not too much of an issue on a car like this, where average mileage is likely lower than a hatchback. And they do come and pick the car up from you.

Buy one now and Fiat will offer you a very good lease deal: £199 a month regardless of spec, with the deposit tweaked to match which level of equipment you want. While the entry-level Classica is temptingly cheap, we’d upgrade one step to Lusso, which brings a bigger media screen, sat nav, DAB, heated leather seats, 17in alloys, climate control, a parking camera and sensors and keyless entry. Its extra £2,750 seems like good value, all things considered. Lusso Plus is another £1,250 but is less essential, bringing fancier lights and a Bose stereo.

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