Fiat Panda

 fiat panda

PANDA HATCHBACK - 0.9 TwinAir [85] Lounge 5dr



MANUFACTURER PRICE

£11230.94

BEST PRICE

£9,659 

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Fiat's Panda gets mild hybrid tech and remains cute and sensible. Jonathan Crouch reports.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
PANDA HATCHBACK
0.9 TwinAir [85] Lounge 5dr
PETROL
£9,658.61
PANDA HATCHBACK
0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr
PETROL
£13,790.94

Ten Second Review

Fiat's Panda aims at being all the car some buyers will ever need. It's large where it matters, yet still small enough for its urban purpose. It's more efficient - especially in its latest 1.0-litre mild hybrid form - yet can offer surprising reserves of performance. And you can make it high-tech - or specify one that's super-affordable. The Italians have always done this kind of thing very well. They still do.

Background

Almost every car you can think of on the market can be pigeonholed into a specific market segment. And even if it can't be, it's likely to appeal to a very specific group of customers. The Fiat Panda's different. Though sized and priced as a little citycar, it's so versatile and class-less that it can really function as.... well, almost anything you want. Depending on the flavour you choose, it's a design as suited to city living as it is to the needs of a mountaintop farmer. It can be a hot hatch - or eco-conscious transport for Friends of the Earth. It can be a second vehicle for older empty-nesters. Or the sole car for a rural family. Less a citycar. More an 'essential' car, it is, in the words of one top Fiat executive 'the official car for doing whatever the hell you like'. This is the Italian brand at its very best. A modern-era MK2 Panda design was launched back in 2003 to replace a first generation model that sold for over twenty years from 1980. The MK3 design we've got here was originally launched back in 2011, but in early 2020 was significantly updated with the option of 1.0-litre mild hybrid power; it's this improved Panda that we're going to take a look at here. Functional, solid, intelligent and free spirited, it's still, we're told, a car that thinks outside the box. Let's try it.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
99
CO2 (g/km)
106
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 5
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
80.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
86
CC
875
Cylinders
2
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
8
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
TURBO INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Compression Ratio
10.0:1
Transmission
MANUAL
Gears
5 SPEED
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
56.5
EC Urban (mpg)
55.5
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
74.3
EC Combined (mpg)
67.3
General
Coin Series
Lounge
Coin Description
TwinAir [85]
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
999999
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
8
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
8U
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
7U
Service Interval Mileage
18000
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
82
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
45
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
63
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
16
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
49
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
47
NCAP Safety Assist %
43
NCAP Safety Assist %
7
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
4
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
0
Badge Power
85
Badge Engine CC
0.9
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Safety Concerns?
False
Generation Mark
3
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
14.8
Engine Power - KW
63
Engine Power - RPM
5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
107
Engine Torque - NM
145
Engine Torque - RPM
1900
Engine Power - BHP
85
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
0 to 62 mph (secs)
11.2
Top Speed
110
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Tyre Size Rear
185/55 R15
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
15" ALLOY
Tyre Size Front
185/55 R15
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Length
3653
Width
1643
Width
1662
Wheelbase
2300
Width (including mirrors)
1882
Height
1551
Weight and Capacities
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
225
No. of Seats
4
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
37
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
400
Max. Loading Weight
500
Minimum Kerbweight
1050
Gross Vehicle Weight
1550
Max. Roof Load
55
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
870
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
9.3
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Driving Experience

There are three main engine choices for Panda people, an entry-level 69bhp petrol 1.2-litre unit for the standard models and a 70hp 1.0-litre mild hybrid three cylinder engine for mainstream 'Cross' variants. Standard and 'Cross' versions of the top 4x4 derivative continue with the brand's two cylinder 85hp TwinAir petrol unit. Going forward, Fiat expects the majority of sales to be of the mild hybrid powerplant, which improves fuel efficiency without impeding performance. It also ensures a very high standard of driving comfort thanks to a 12-volt 'BSG' 'Belt-integrated Starter Generator', allowing for a quiet, vibration-free restart of the internal combustion engine in Stop&Start mode. The engine (which we've already seen in Fiat's alternative citycar, the 500) puts out 92Nm of pulling power and works via a 6-speed manual gearbox inegrated with that 'BSG' set-up we just mentioned. The 'BSG' system is mounted directly on the engine and is operated by the belt that also drives the auxiliaries. The new system also involves lowering the entire power unit 45mm so the car behaves better on the road thanks to the lower centre of gravity. Like any other Panda, this one's especially at home in a city environment. True, the five-speed gearbox could be a little more precise, but you'll appreciate the way this car takes even quite nasty small urban bumps in its stride. And delivers neat little touches like the steering's 'City' mode option to increase the assistance it gives at parking speeds so that you can use the tight 9.3m turning circle more easily. Urban-friendly through and through you see.

Design and Build

There's was something of a feeling of tiny MPV about the previous 2003-era MK2 generation version of this car, something that was carried over to this third generation model. It remains a tall car, with a vertical tail, a five-door-only shape and a large glass area, bigger than its predecessor (slightly longer, wider and taller) but sat upon the same wheelbase, so the roadway footprint remains basically unaltered. As for the friendly look, it's based upon what Fiat's designers call 'a squarical' theme, rounded rectangles in vogue everywhere from the headlamps to the front air intake, from the wheelarches to that trademark extra third rearward side window. The squarical touches continue on inside. You'll find them in the instrument binnacle, on the steering wheel boss, the ventilation controls on the centre console - even on the seats where embossed rounded squares are there to better help air circulate between your body and the backrest. The dashboard itself is enveloped in a colourful frame of your choosing with a roomy storage pocket in front of the front passenger supposed to evoke a nod towards original Eighties Panda motoring. Overall then, this is a cabin of reasonable quality given the affordable asking prices - far nicer indeed, than you'd expect a car of this class and price to provide. Storage for bigger items is taken care of by a 225-litre boot that's square and usefully shaped. As for rear seat passenger space, well thanks to the slim seats, it's perfectly adequate for a couple of fully-sized adults.
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