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First drive: Fiat Panda 1.2 Easy

Fiat
BIK List Price
£9,495
Fiat Panda BIK list price
BIK Percentage
15%
Fiat Panda BIK Percent
CO2
120g/km
Fiat Panda CO2
Combined MPG
54.3
Fiat Panda MPG

Review

Executives at Fiat’s UK subsidiary were so pleased with the smarter, smoother profile that company designers created for the latest Panda that they coined a new word to describe it – squircle.

“We think that sums it up rather well because even though the rear of the car has a square shape, there’s a more rounded, circular theme at the front,” said senior product manager Rob Lake.

Unlikely as it is to be deemed a suitable addition to the English language, squircle fits a model that has been dominated by square bodywork since it first appeared 32 years ago. And, as ever, each millimetre of the space is put to good use in the latest car.

Noticeably less utilitarian in styling, the new Panda continues to major on functionality, rear passengers get more legroom and an optional sliding rear seat can raise load volume from 225 litres to 260 litres with the backrest in place.

With the backrest folded flat, cargo volume increases to 870 litres, and a forward-folding front passenger seat backrest (a £50 option) allows longer items to be carried.

Power comes from turbocharged and normally-aspirated Twinair and four-cylinder petrol engines plus a Multijet diesel motor. Initially, three trim levels provide a total of 13 versions but a four-wheel drive model, along with an enhanced traction front-drive car, will arrive in September.

Stop-start technology and a gear-change indicator is included on the Twinair and Multijet versions, but the mid-range, 1.2-litre petrol-powered Easy model will be the main contender for sales to public sector fleets.

Living up to its name for ease of driving, the Easy is refined, comfortable, quiet and relaxing transport with the latest variable-valve version of Fiat’s long-running Fire motor under its bonnet.

Fuel costs
Fiat has produced more than 10 million examples of its FIRE engine family. It’s still going strong and the latest version produces a lusty 69bhp but still boasts a creditable economy return.
CO2 emissions
Continuously variable timing to optimise the opening and closing of valves at all speeds improves the emissions figure to 120g/km
Residual values
Residuals forecasters are expecting improved figures as a result of higher equipment levels and improved performance.
Driver appeal
It may have a relatively modest output and offer less driving excitement than the more modern TwinAir power units, but the FIRE motor is a willing worker that goes about its job in a smooth and refined manner.
FN Verdict
Comfort and convenience score high marks in the latest version of a car that has proved a popular all-rounder and the extra space provided by larger bodywork has been put to good use to add to its versatility.
Top Speed
102mph
Fiat Panda Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Fiat Panda Ved
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fiat Panda Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £2,950
4 Year 80k : £2,225
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 24.98
4 Year 80k : 23.99

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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