FIAT

FIAT PANDA HATCHBACK 0.9 TwinAir [85] Garmin 4x4 [Touchscreen] 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph14.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2113 g/km

HOT IN THE CITY

Fiat's little Panda range still has a funky charm. June Neary reports

Will It Suit Me?

The original first generation Fiat Panda was always a favourite of mine back in the Nineties and served me very well during my student days. I knew today's model couldn't match the 'back to basics' appeal of the Giugiaro styled original, but times have changed and so have the demands of modern motorists. Seats that resemble hammocks just won't cut it in a market of growing sophistication. The current Panda may be linked to the original in name only, but it has proved to be an enduring favourite. The shape is cheeky without lapsing into cutesy pastiche and overall and the latest version gains efficient mild hybrid engine tech. Overall, this remains a car that's virtually impossible to dislike.

Practicalities

The term 'city car' usually denotes a vehicle that's cramped, insubstantial and rather uncomfortable to drive. The Panda is a long way from this stereotype. Despite measuring only 3,653mm from bumper to bumper, this Fiat offers a decent amount of interior space, helped by a generous height of 1,551mm and that wheel at each corner design. There's was something of a feeling of tiny MPV about the previous generation version of this model. There still is. It remains a tall car, with a vertical tail, a five-door-only shape and a large glass area. Room up front is fine for two big adults, but rear legroom will naturally be a little pinched if four burly blokes squeeze in. Still, for two adults and two children it works very well. The dashboard 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. Luggage space is adequate (225-litres), access to the hatch being helped by a very low loading sill. A split folding rear bench helps when transporting long or bulky items.

Behind the Wheel

The latest 1.0-litre mild hybrid petrol engine has decent pulling power and works via a 6-speed manual gearbox integrated with 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 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. Elsewhere in the range, the old entry-level 69bhp petrol 1.2-litre petrol unit continues. And standard and 'Cross' versions of the top 4x4 derivative persevere with the brand's two cylinder 85hp TwinAir petrol unit. Many of this Fiat's underpinnings are shared with those of the brand's other, more fashion-conscious citycar offering, the 500 - which is no bad thing as that car is a pretty fun steer, especially in an urban environment. Somewhere this Panda is just as at home. True, the five-speed gearbox could be a little more precise, but you'll appreciate the way this car takes even the nastier 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.

Value For Money

Prices start at around £12,000 for the base 'Pop' model - a lot less, in other words, than you'd pay for the less spacious but more fashionable Fiat 500. Running costs are minimal - though not as sharp as rivals. The 1.0-litre mild hybrid variant manages 50.4mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 90g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. I'd want to consider the Low Speed Collision Mitigation system. This uses a laser sensor on the windscreen to scan a space a short distance in front of the vehicle to determine the risk of a collision. If a potential crash situation is detected and the driver doesn't respond, the system can activate emergency braking at speeds of less than 18mph or if you're going faster, at least slow the car down to minimise the impact. Clever.

Could I Live With One?

Despite a flurry of more recent arrivals in the city car sector, there's still little to match the Panda's space and value combination. Considering the affordable pricing, Fiat have specified the car very well and crucially, it's fun to drive. Few cars are as instantly likeable.

  • Electric front windows
  • Variable front intermittent wipers
  • Heated rear window+rear wash/wipe
  • Dusk and rain sensors
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Heated front windscreen
  • Thermal windows

  • Default brake calipers
  • ESC with ASR + hill holder
  • Brake assist function
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Hill descent control

  • Rear parking sensor
  • Dual drive Power Assisted Steering
  • All terrain selector switch with 3 modes (Auto, Off-road, Hill Descent Control)
  • All wheel drive (including ELD system)

  • Stop/start system
  • Emergency services call system
  • Tailgate

  • Outside temperature display
  • Trip computer
  • 7" touchscreen with Apple car play and Android auto
  • Outside temperature sensor

  • Manually adjustable door mirrors

  • Hot black eco leather door panels

  • Larger 120 Amp alternator

  • Smartwatch GARMIN
  • Bluetooth radio with Smartphone cradle, USB and DAB
  • 4 speakers

  • Black door handles
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipe
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Black bodyside mouldings
  • Black side skirts
  • Black longitudinal roof bars
  • High roof rails
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Light grey textured matte paint mirror caps and side moldings
  • Garmin exterior kit (orange line on side, badge on B-pillar, orange tow hook)

  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Third brake light
  • Front fog lights

  • Automatic climate control

  • Leather gear knob
  • High centre console
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • 12V power sockets
  • Garmin interior kit (with orange details)
  • Cloth upholstery with Garmin logo and silver dashboard

  • Luggage compartment lighting

  • Comfort kit - Panda

  • Seat belt reminder
  • Side airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Anti-whiplash front headrests

  • Isofix attachments on rear seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Five seat with 40/60 split folding rear seat with three rear seatbelts and head restraints
  • Single front passenger seat

  • Remote control central door locking

  • Rear differential gear locking

  • Driver's sun visor with vanity mirror
  • Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror

  • Summer tyres
  • 15" Style black wheels and Panda naming orange on hub wheels

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 114
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL: 124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL: 107
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH: 107
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL: 100
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH: 100
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 114
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 113

  • 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: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 80.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 86
  • CC: 875

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 49.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 49.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 56.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 5

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 45
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 16
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 47
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 7
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 0
  • Badge Power: 85
  • Badge Engine CC: 0.9
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Garmin 4x4 [Touch]
  • Coin Description: TwinAir [85]
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 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): 14.7
  • Top Speed: 96
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 14.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: False
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 175/65 R15
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 15" STEEL
  • Tyre Size Front: 175/65 R15

  • Width (including mirrors): 1882
  • Height: 1657
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 3705
  • Width: 1662
  • Wheelbase: 2300

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1055
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1515
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 38
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 225
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 400
  • Max. Loading Weight: 460
  • Max. Roof Load: 60
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 870
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 9.7

  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Special metallic paint: £550
  • Pastel paint: £550

  • Metallic - Foresta green: £0

  • Special metallic - Colosseo grey: £550
  • Pastel - Darkwave black: £550
  • Pastel - Ambient white: £550

  • Cloth - Black with herringbone pattern, orange stitching, Garmin logo and silver dashboard: £0

  • Fix and go puncture repair kit: Included
  • Space saver spare wheel: £200

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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