Fiat Panda

3/5
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Verdict

The Fiat Panda may not be the most popular choice of small cars on the market, but opt for one and you might be pleasantly surprised with what you get for your money.

Performance

While it may come with a choice of petrol and diesel engines in other markets, the Fiat Panda comes with just one petrol option here in Ireland. This is the 1.2 three cylinder option with just 69bhp. You don’t even get the choice of Fiat’s smaller more spirited petrol option, the TwinAir which would suit the Panda’s character much better. The 1.2’s performance in terms of speed may not be its strong point, but around town, the Panda handles well, it’s easy to manoeuvre in tight spots and there’s a button to make the steering even lighter.

Ride & Handling

Out on the open road, the Fiat Panda shows a little heartbeat. While the engine may lack any sort of spirited driving potential, its suspension setup soaks up lumps and bumps really well. It can handle itself in the corners too and body roll is vaguely evident despite its slightly elevated appearance and feel. The 1.2 can get a bit raucous when eagerly trying to get up to cruising speeds on the motorway, but when up there, it’s not too bad. The Panda is perfectly capable and borderline fun on the road.

Refinement

The Fiat Panda comes in three different trim levels Pop, Easy and Lounge. The entry level Pop does feel quite sparse and the pic of the bunch in terms of value for money is Easy trim. Refinement in the engine department is great at normal town and village speeds but above that can be a different story. Inside the cabin, the seats provide good comfort if little support. Fiats ‘squircle’ (square circles) design ethos evident throughout the cabin and is also the chosen pattern for the interior too. The driving position also feels elevated offering great visibility.

Quality & Reliability

While the ‘squircle’ design throughout the interior of the Panda provides a quirky fun factor, most of the materials used do not feel of a very high quality. Fiat’s have always offered a customisable interior and the Panda gets similar nice touches like a two tone dashboard to match the door cards and upholstery. Aesthetically it looks good, but feels disappointing to the touch. It’s not quite to the same standard as you will get in the likes of the Volkswagen Up! The Panda however does trump its competitors with its unique feeling of having a bigger more spacious cabin than it actually is.

Safety & Security

The Fiat Panda scored 4/5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash test and the only reason it dropped that crucial fifth star is the fact that electronic stability control is only available as an option, which is a bit of a missed opportunity by Fiat in retrospect. Its competitors like the Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up! all score the full five stars. It does however get a full host of airbags and anti-lock brakes as standard.

Space & Practicality

The Panda has an upright box style design from the exterior and the seating position of the driver gives that same sense of elevation and space within the cabin. But despite the small Fiat’s airy environment it actually packs a smaller boot than the Skoda Citigo. The rear bench can cleverly be slid back or forward to create more legroom or boot space, but boot space at its max capacity is a tight 225 litres. That said, additional storage space throughout the cabin is good. Legroom is ok too whereas, there is an abundance of headspace thanks to its higher square roof design.

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Key Facts

Make

Fiat

Model
Panda
Variant
Pop 1.2 8V 69hp
Trim
Pop
Car Category
City Car
First Launched
2011
Engine (L)
1.2
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
MPV
Price New
€11,900
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€200
Tax Band
A4
L/100km Combined
5.2
Average km/L
19.2
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
35
Fuel Tank Range
673 km
Cost of filling a tank
€42.67
Average Cost Per 200 km
€12.68
CO2 emmissions
119 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
69 bhp
Max Power kW
51
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1242
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Naturally
Top speed
164 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
14.2 s
L/100km Urban
4.70 L
L/100km Extra Urban
3.50 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
MPV
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
225 L

Warranty

All Components
5 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Car Body
8 Year warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
100000
Roadside Assistance
1 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
3

Dimensions

Boot capacity
225 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
185/55 R15 mm
Tyre size back
185/55 R15 mm
Length
3653 mm
Width
1643 mm
Height
1551 mm
Wheel Base
2300 mm
Front Track (mm)
1551
Rear Track (mm)
1519
Kerb weight
1035 KG
Turning circle (m)
9.3

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Independent type McPherson
Rear Suspension
Torsion
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Drum
Steering
Steering rack
Power
69 bhp