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Fiat 124 Spider convertible (2016-2019) - Practicality & boot space

The Fiat 124 Spider is not a hugely practical car, but few true roadsters are

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No two-seater sports car has ever been designed with practicality a priority, and Fiat 124 Spider buyers are unlikely to expect great luggage capacity from their cars. That’s fortunate, as the Spider’s boot is small and its load lip is pronounced. Inside, the lack of a glovebox adds further compromise, but these are trade-offs many people are happy to make in the quest for top-down driving thrills.

Fiat 124 Spider interior space and storage

The 124 Spider has an interior that does a good job of cocooning its occupants. It’s snug rather than spacious, but the doors open nice and wide so getting in and out is a fairly simple endeavour, and you won’t have to contort yourself in an undignified way to do so.

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While the Spider lacks a glovebox, there is a lockable storage compartment between the seats. This goes some way to making up for the lack of door pockets, too. In a further nod to practicality, there are a couple of cup-holders in Spider, so it’s not an entirely impractical car for everyday driving.

Boot space

As this is a soft-top roadster, Mazda and Fiat’s engineers were primarily focused on making a car that looked good and was fun to drive. Because of the limitations implicit in cars of this nature, the Spider’s boot is by no means vast, at 140 litres. Still, it’s a good, deep shape and despite the high loading lip, is more than capable of taking enough bags and small suitcases for a weekend away; a weekly shopping trip should also fit in there without getting squashed.

Towing

If you want a car capable of towing a trailer or caravan, you’ll need to look elsewhere. The Fiat 124 Spider has not been designed to be fitted with a tow bar.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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