This is a budget car, and it is not overly endowed with creature comforts. Even so, it is pleasantly kitted out to be a pleasant environment for the driver and passengers.
Comfort and Refinement
This is a budget car, and it is not overly endowed with creature comforts. Even so, it is pleasantly kitted out to be a pleasant environment for the driver and passengers. In particular, there is surprisingly good headroom all round, and tall people may be surprised to find that they have more space overhead than in many much more expensive cars.
Safety and Security
A four star score in the Euro NCAP crash test programme tells you that safety is properly catered for in the Panda, but it is not top notch. This is because it does not come equipped with the electronic stability programme (ESP) that now features on almost all new cars; you have to order it as an option for an extra £315. Choosing not to make it standard kit may have helped to keep the Panda’s price a bit lower, but we reckon it’s an unfortunate omission. The car does come with four airbags and front seatbelt pre-tensioners as standard kit, and its Euro NCAP rating has improved by one star from the previous model.
An immobiliser and central locking are both included in the Panda’s standard equipment list, but not an alarm, although you can opt to have one as a dealer fitment before taking delivery.
The car’s standard provision for entertainment is quite basic. MP3 connectivity is standard, but you have to pay £265 extra for Bluetooth connectivity. Fiat’s infotainment kit Blue&Me is well worth choosing as an option. TomTom2 Live satellite navigation with a colour touch-screen is also available.
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What We Liked
- Roomy for its size
- Easy to park, can see where the edges are
- Sensibly priced
- Stylish mini-MPV looks
- Good to drive
- Practical, good stowage space with seats folded
What We Disliked
- Not Euro NCAP 5-star
- Small boot at 225 litres
- Pay extra for Bluetooth connectivity
What We Would Like To See
- A Top-notch crash protection rating
There is an endearing honesty about the Panda. It is a very practical, good-to-drive small car. Fiat has sensibly retained all the best attributes of the previous model, including its cheeky charm, and added some new benefits. This new Panda is just as likeable as its predecessor, and been made even better. It has character and versatility for reasonable money. If we were on the lookout for a new small car, this one would be tempting.16 April 2012
Fiat Panda Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Fiat Panda 1.3 MultiJet 75 Pop|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.8 seconds|
|Top Speed||104 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||80.7 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4 Star|
|Warranty||3 years / 60,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 16/04/12)||£11,100|