Fiat Panda

The Fiat Panda is a five door supermini that manages to stand out from the crowd without being controversial or arrogant, it just gets on with the job of being a great little car without the need to shout it from the rooftops. The panda has been refreshed for 2017, very little noticeable change on the outside but on the inside offers a new solution for an infotainment system. Fiat calls it the Uconnect as with the rest of its models, which uses through a dedicated app the driver’s smartphone as a gateway to all the usual services, and includes Bluetooth, audio streaming, USB data located in the glove compartment, voice recognition system, recharging port with USB port on the dashboard, AUX port, MP3, and the “Panda Uconnect” interface via Bluetooth.


The Panda is available in three versions, the Pop, the Easy and the Lounge, entry level Pop comes with electric front windows, CD radio with mp3 connectivity, central locking and driver, passenger and window airbags, the Easy adds air conditioning, roof rails, 6 speakers and remote central locking, the range topping Lounge adds 15″ alloy wheels, heated body coloured door mirrors, side mouldings that will stop the shopping trolley scratching the bodywork and front fog lights. There are special editions including Waze that has a link to the navigation app.


The Panda has two engines to choose from, the much lauded twin air 0.9 petrol with 85bhp, and a four cylinder 1.2 litre petrol that offers entry level value value and perky performance, top speed is 102 miles per hour and 0-62 time is a respectable 14.2 seconds, claimed economy is 54.3 miles per gallon.  The Diesel is frugal, 72.4 miles per gallon while the twin air is fast, 0-62 in 11.2 seconds. The Semi-automatic dualogic gearbox is available on the twin air 0.9 petrol engine with good power and economy. The new 1.0 litre mild hybrid can offer a (very) small assistance under acceleration and for economy on the 69bhp engine.

There is no Automatic Panda.

 Winter Best Buy – Fiat Panda ‘lounge or Waze’  1.2  petrol manual   –  Nil Advance payment (£63.12 wpms)

 Winter Best Buy – Fiat Panda  1.0 mild hybrid manual   –  Nil Advance payment (£63.12 wpms)


Fiat Panda 4x4 motabilitycar

Fiat Panda 4×4

The new Fiat Panda 4×4 is a four wheel drive version of the delightful Panda, not to be confused with the Cross model that shares the look of the 4×4 Panda but is front wheel drive only. The increased height and rugged styling gives the Panda a real presence on the street and it is amazingly confident in all weathers. The twin air petrol is available but only with a manual gearbox

Winter Best Buy – Fiat Panda 4×4 Wild 0.9 twin air petrol manual  – Nil Advance payment (£63.12 wpms)