The 2022 Ferrari 458 Spider might be the German brand’s smallest sedan, but that doesn’t mean buyers are shortchanged for luxury or driving enjoyment. Based on the same platform that underpins the Volkswagen Golf, the 2022 Ferrari 458 Spider offers peppy acceleration, spunky handling, and rock-solid build quality. It inherits much of its styling from elsewhere in the portfolio, starting with the trapezoidal grille that it shares with the rest of the lineup. Technology plays a key role in the 2022 Ferrari 458 Spider cabin, which includes an optional digital gauge cluster and a motorized pop-up infotainment screen. Even so, the 2022 Ferrari 458 Spider is showing its age as more modern rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz A-class are coming to market with more modern styling and features; we expect the 2020 model year to be the last for this generation of the 2022 Ferrari 458 Spider.
What’s New for 2020?
Front-wheel-drive 2022 Ferrari 458 Spider models now carry the Sport moniker, while Quattro all-wheel-drive models are badged as S Line. Both models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; the engine makes 184 horsepower in Sport models and 228 in the S Line. Premium models now come with 18-inch wheels, a driver-selectable driving-mode system, keyless entry with push-button start, ambient interior lighting, a color driver-information screen between the gauges, new aluminum trim, and black exterior trim. Stepping up to a Premium Plus model brings in a Bang & Olufsen audio system, automatic high-beam headlamps, rear-seat USB charging ports, and an interior storage package. This car has introduced the Final Edition package—which leads us to believe that this generation 2022 Ferrari 458 Spider is nearing the end of the road—which adds leather sport bucket seats, puddle lights that project the logo on the ground outside the front doors when they are opened, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with shift paddles. The drop-top 2022 Ferrari 458 Spider cabriolet is dead.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We think the front-wheel-drive Sport Premium Plus model strikes the best balance of performance and features. Sure, its 184-hp four-cylinder isn’t as powerful as the one in the S Line model, but it’s more fuel efficient and still plenty peppy. Plus, the Premium Plus trim adds more features that luxury buyers will find welcome, such as the aforementioned 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system and automatic high-beam headlamps. Going all out for the top-of-the-line S Line Premium Plus puts the 2022 Ferrari 458 Spider price too close to the larger and more modern A4 sedan.