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Fiat PANDA HATCHBACK 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr

Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Cross 4x4 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph12.8 secs
  • Top Speed102 mph
  • C02129 g/km
  • BHP85
  • Torque lbs/f
  • P11D28%

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.

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

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.

Driving Experience

The volume Panda range is now based around Fiat's newer three cylinder 70hp 1.0-litre 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 integrated 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. Bear in mind that if you opt for either the standard shape ('Wild') or 'Cross' versions of the top 4x4 derivative, the engine used continues to be the brand's two cylinder 85hp TwinAir petrol unit. The 'Cross' version adds an All terrain selector driving mode system and rear differential gear locking that will take you further off the beaten track. All Pandas are of course 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

Fiat has given this updated MK3 model Panda a slightly smarter look, courtesy of revised bumpers, smarter wheels and fresh colour options. It remains a tall car, with a vertical tail, a five-door-only shape and a large glass area, plus there's the usual tiny roadway footprint. And the familiar friendly look remains, 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, now updated with seats and dashboard created from recycled materials. As for those squarical touches, 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. 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.

Market and Model

Panda pricing now starts at around £12,000, which gets you the base 'Panda' model with its 1.0-litre mild hybrid engine. But you'll probably want to embellish this Fiat a bit, either with 'City Life'-spec, which adds front fog lights, smarter front bumpers, an insert in the side skirts and 15-inch dark metal alloy wheels. Or you could go for 'Sport' trim, which adds 16-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers, darkened rear windows, and body-coloured door handles and door mirrors. If you like the look of the top 4x4 variants but don't need a 4x4, you'll like the 'City Cross' variant, which costs around £14,000. The 'City Cross' model gives you LED DRL headlights, black door mirrors and door handles, a roof rack and special side sills, 15-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers and skidplates. Inside, blue and black two-tone eco-leather upholstery on the door panels and seats with silver stitching and fabric side panels finish the look. Automatic climate control is also standard. All of these volume variants use the 1.0-litre mild hybrid engine. If only a 4x4 Panda will do, you'll need to switch to Fiat's older but slightly more powerful 0.9-litre TwinAir 85hp petrol turbo unit. There are two 4x4 options, a 'Wild' model at around £16,000 or the full-fat 'Cross 4x4', costing around £18,000. With the top Panda Cross 4x4, you get an All terrain selector driving mode system and rear differential gear locking that will take you further off the beaten track.

Cost of Ownership

You'd certainly expect this Panda to be at or near the top of its class when it comes to the issue of WLTP-rated running costs. For the 1.0-litre mild hybrid model, the official combined cycle fuel figure is 52.3mpg and there's an CO2 emissions figure of 123g/km. For the 1.0-litre mild hybrid City Cross model, the CO2 reading can rise up to 127g/km. For the TwinAir 4x4 variant, you're looking at 37.7mpg and 166g/km. The warranty is a typical three year affair but with a 100,000 mile limit that's significantly higher than some other brands will give you. Pandas hold their value very well and that's unlikely to change any time soon. The car is covered by a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty and there's 36 months of breakdown cover included as well. Servicing needn't be too costly as Fiat parts are relatively cheap. The brand also offers fixed price service plans that take care of all service charges, labour and replacement fluids. You can pick from durations that span from one to five years, with corresponding mileage from 9,000 to 45,000 miles.

Summary

Loved by small car people the world over for more than thirty years, the Panda continues to define everything that a very compact multi-purpose model should be. It's had to evolve of course, with more efficient engines and clever technology. But its heart remains simple, functional and innovative. Which is why, while other citycars will please only citycar folk, you could imagine this one being bought by.... well, just about anyone. A few other rivals may be a little cheaper, more refined or slightly trendier but few push the boundaries of design quite like this Fiat. It happily challenges just about every tiny car perception in the book. That you can't get really impressive fuel and CO2 figures without forking out loads of money for a diesel. That you can't seat five in this class of car. Or carry really large items. Or get big car hi-tech features. Panda people think differently thanks to a car that lets them do just that. It's got tough competition these days, no question. But in a growing segment full of talented offerings, it's a key contender you just can't help liking.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
Black door handles
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door mirrors
Chrome exhaust tailpipe
Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Electric front windows
Front fog lights
Front tow in brilliant red
Rear wiper
Ultrashine silver front and rear skid plates
Ultrashine silver roof rails
Ultrashine silver side mouldings with cross logo
Wheels
Fix and go puncture repair kit
15" Off road alloy wheels
Summer tyres
Driver Convenience
All terrain selector switch with 3 modes (Auto, Off-road, Hill Descent Control)
All wheel drive (including ELD system)
Dual drive PAS
Outside temperature display
Trip computer
Entertainment
4 speakers
Bluetooth radio with Smartphone cradle, USB and AUX-in
Interior Features
12V socket
Adjustable leather steering wheel with audio controls
Auto climate control with pollen filter
Cloth/ECO leather upholstery
Driver's sun visor with vanity mirror
Fix and fold 60/40 split folding rear seat bench with 3 seats, 3 point seatbelts and head restraints
Floor mats
Front spot light with timer
Height adjustable driver's seat
High centre console
Isofix attachments on rear seats
Leather gear knob
Luggage compartment lighting
Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Safety
ABS/EBD
Anti-whiplash front headrests
Brake assist function
Driver airbag
ESP + ASR + hill holder
Front passenger airbag
Side airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Window airbags
Security
Immobiliser
Remote central locking
Technical
Rear differential lock
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 129
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 168
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 168
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 875
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 2
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 80.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 86
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 8
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 7.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb 38.7
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 0.9
Badge Power 85
Coin Description TwinAir [85]
Coin Series Cross 4x4
Generation Mark 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 10U
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 45
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 16
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 0
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 47
NCAP Safety Assist % 7
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 12.8
Engine Power - BHP 85
Engine Power - KW 63
Top Speed 102
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 185/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear 185/65 R15
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 15" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1657
Length 3705
Wheelbase 2300
Width 1662
Width (including mirrors) 1882
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 35
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 870
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 225
Max. Roof Load 60
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 400
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 9.3

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £285.93 p/m £10.00 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £225.41 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £231.85 p/m £18.60 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £237.61 p/m £9.00 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £204.64 p/m £14.08 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £206.71 p/m £13.00 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £187.34 p/m £21.23 p/m
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £343.11 p/m £12.00 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £270.49 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £278.22 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £445.32 p/m £21.98 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £461.16 p/m £34.72 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £473.66 p/m £39.69 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £485.33 p/m £61.03 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £285.13 p/m £10.80 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £245.57 p/m £16.89 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £323.94 p/m £11.13 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £331.37 p/m £15.01 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £348.21 p/m £25.47 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £363.30 p/m £42.88 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £370.27 p/m £59.88 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £377.23 p/m £78.59 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £248.05 p/m £15.60 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £224.81 p/m £25.47 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £288.54 p/m £15.58 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £294.72 p/m £19.04 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £307.98 p/m £33.80 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £320.35 p/m £50.15 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £324.34 p/m £66.84 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £330.52 p/m £80.40 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
City brake control £285.00
Rear parking sensor £300.00
Entertainment
DAB Digital radio £100.00
Exterior Features
Dark tinted rear windows £175.00
Metallic paint £500.00
Special paint £500.00
Special solid paint £350.00
Packs
Comfort kit - Panda £115.00
Smoker's kit £55.00
Winter pack - Panda £280.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Colosseo Grey £500.00
Metallic - Tuscany green £500.00
Solid - Ambient white FOC
Special - Tropicalia yellow £500.00
Special solid - Darkwave black £350.00
Special solid - Minimal grey £350.00
Special solid - Tango red £350.00
Trim
Cloth/ECO leather - Grey/Brown with Brown dash FOC
Wheels
Space saver spare wheel £60.00
* option prices shown are estimated