Europe’s best-selling supermini, the Fiat Panda is legendary
for its use of space, compact dimensions, fun style and functionality. With its
five doors and flexible interior, the Fiat Panda builds on an enviable
reputation for convenience and durability that’s been growing ever since the
original was unveiled in 1980.
The Fiat Panda has long been seen as an embodiment of rational and emotional values and its ‘friendly’ design has reflected that. Now entering its third generation, the new Panda combines the best of the first and second generation models with a character of its own that allows Fiat to move the Panda legend forward once again.
Centro Stile Fiat designers claim the new design portrays an even stronger vision of the combination of utility and personality than the car it replaces. In creating this evolution of the existing model, designers wanted to emphasise that the Panda is a timeless classic while also being an integral member of the Fiat Automobiles family.
The Fiat Panda has always been synonymous with style, practicality and usability, and this latest version builds on those ‘pillars’. Although just 365cm long with a wheelbase of 230cm, the Panda can comfortably seat five people and has one of the biggest boots in its class.
Functionality is another of the Fiat Panda’s hallmarks and the new model is no different. The five-door design makes cabin access easy. Internal space is 26mm wider at the front and 5mm wider at the rear, while overall, the cabin is 20mm longer compared with the model it replaces.
|Combined Fuel Consumption|
mpg / (l100)km
|Combined CO2 Mass Emissions|
|Max Engine Power |
hp (kW) at rpm
|Petrol 1.2 69hp||55.4 (5.1)||119||69 (51) at 5500||5|
|Petrol 0.9 TwinAir 85hp Start&Stop||67.3 (4.2)||99||85 (63) at 5500||5|
|Petrol 0.9 TwinAir 85hp Dualogic Start&Stop||68.9 (4.1)||95||85 (63) at 5500||5|
Fiat is at the cutting edge of combustion engine design and as a result the new Panda comes with a choice of engines that lead their class in terms of performance, fuel consumption and emissions. Ranging from the fuel-efficient 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol to the punchy 1.3-litre MultiJet, there is an engine to meet every drivers’ needs.
Fiat’s automatic Dualogic Transmission is also available. There is no clutch pedal, so to prompt gearchanges in manual mode, the lever is pushed forwards or backwards to shift either up or down. It’s a system that’s simple to use, gives the option of relaxed automatic gear changing round town, and more involving driver-prompted changes on the open road.
To enable the new Panda to perform on the open road and in the tight confines of the city with equal aplomb, Dualdrive electric power steering features a ‘City’ function. Push the dash-mounted button marked ‘City’ and assistance to the steering is increased to facilitate parking manoeuvres and enable drivers to employ the tight 9.3m turning circle more easily.
The default setting, returned to when the City button is pressed again or when speeds exceed 22mph, ensures the greater driving precision and steering wheel response that’s more suited to higher speeds.
Modern cars are about so much more than getting around, and as with every current Fiat the new Panda is big on communication. Consequently it features the award-winning Blue&Me infotainment system.
Based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile for Automotive, Blue&Me allows Bluetooth equipped devices such as phones and MP3 music players to be linked into the car. Occupants can then take control using voice activation via a display panel that works with a microphone in the roof, or steering wheel mounted buttons.
It’s easy to use and therefore safe as drivers can keep their hands on the wheel, and their phones in their pockets/handbags. The latest generation voice recognition system allows immediate interaction because it doesn’t have to go through a learning phase. And phonebook contents can be transferred to the car’s display panel. Music that’s stored on a USB device, media player or the latest Apple systems can be played via the car’s sound system with track information shown on the display panel.
Blue&Me TomTom2 LIVE opens the doors to connectivity further still. The connector and accompanying unit for this can be specified as an option on Easy and Lounge models. This has all the features of the regular Blue&Me system combined with satellite navigation and accurate traffic information that updates in real time.
|PANDA POP||PANDA EASY||PANDA LOUNGE|
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