|Fiat Nuova Panda|
|Production||2003 - present|
|Body Style||5-door, 5-seat hatchback|
|Length|| Panda - 3538 mm |
Panda 4x4 - 3574 mm
|Width|| Panda - 1578 mm |
Panda 4x4 - 1605 mm
|Height|| Panda - 1540 mm |
Panda 4x4 - 1632 mm
|Wheelbase|| Panda - 2299 mm |
Panda 4x4 - 2305 mm
|Weight|| Panda - 860kg |
Panda 4x4 - 980kg
|Transmission|| Five-speed manual, FWD |
Five-speed semi-automatic, FWD
|Engine|| 1,108 cc inline four-cylinder petrol |
1,242 cc inline four-cylinder petrol
1,248 cc inline four-cylinder diesel
1,368 cc inline four-cylinder petrol
|Power|| 1.1 - 54bhp |
1.2 - 60bhp
1.3 MultiJet - 70bhp
1.3 100HP - 99bhp
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|Similar|| Volkswagen Fox |
|Designer||Designer (lead designer if it was a team effort)|
The Fiat Panda is Fiat's smallest offering, and is a five-door hatchback. Released in 2003, the Panda trades on Fiat's excellent reputation as a builder of small cars, and its success has been due to a cheap price, decent build quality and a characterful and quick range of engines.
The Nuova Panda (as marketed in Italy) has been labelled as 'the saviour of Fiat' by the press, and has put Fiat back on the map as a small-car force to be reckoned with. It is built in Tychy, Poland, by Fiat's Polish division, and is sold throughout Europe.
As a testament to the thorough design and quirky character of the Panda, it was named European Car of the Year in 2004.
- For 2010, the Panda recieves some very subtle changes.
- For 2009, Fiat introduced a special edition of the Panda dubbed the 4x4 Glam Edition. The changes are mainly aesthetic; outside, the car is bathed in an exclusive pearlescent white livery complemented by aluminum roof rails and new 15-inch alloys while inside the mini MPV is swathed in new jean-like fabric and decorative aluminum. Prices start at €14,800 and €16,910 and is available only in Italy. 
Introduced to European markets in 2003, the Panda range remained rather stagnant until 2005.
2005 saw the introduction of a four-wheel drive variant, named the Panda 4x4, as well as a reshuffle of colour charts and options lists. Inside, a passenger airbag was offered as standard, along with ABS, to meet European legislation. The end of 2005 saw the unveiling of the Panda Alessi, which marked a collaboration between the Italian product design company and Fiat. The product was a Panda with vivid hues of orange, black and green as the only paint options, along with matching interiors. White cladding was added below the doors, and the bumpers were painted white. A new wheel-trim design was offered, painted white with the Alessi logo.
The Panda range saw its next modification in 2007, with the addition of the Panda 100HP - the spiritual successor to the Fiat 500 Abarth and more recent Sporting models. As the name suggests, the new car has 100hp, and is fitted with a bodykit and alloy wheel design which is impossible to order on lesser Panda models.
Styles and Major OptionsEdit
The Panda range is quite expansive, with a number of models for different markets. Detailed below is every model of Panda which Fiat sell. The range is systematic, with each successive trim level building upon the one before. All Pandas are offered with the option of a manual transmission or a semi-automatic transmission. There is only one body style offered - the five-door hatchback - but it is offered in both road and off-road guises.
The Actual and ActiveEdit
The Actual edition was introduced in January 2004 as the base of the Panda range. Offered only to mainland Europe, and aimed specifically at developing markets such as China, the Actual is extremely basic. Defining features include black plastic bumpers, manual windows, manual mirrors and a full-size spare wheel. A limited engine range is offered with the Actual.
The Active edition is the base of the UK range, and builds upon the Actual. The black plastic bumpers are still present, but electric front windows, central locking, CD player and power steering are all fitted as standard. This edition was launched in May 2004, and marked the arrival of the Panda in the UK. The only engine offered on the Active is the 1.1 litre petrol.
The Dynamic trim range adds body coloured bumpers and an enlarged engine and option range to the Active. Options include Skydome glass roof, twin-zone climate control, alloy wheels and MP3 compatibility. A sound package is also offered, with the factory fit option of a subwoofer.
In the UK, the Dynamic can be fitted with the 'AirCon' package or the 'Skydome' package, which both add their named options to the car, but at a discounted price. The Dynamic can be specified with the 1.2 litre petrol or a 1.3 litre MultiJet diesel.
The Emotion or EleganzaEdit
The top of the conventional Panda range, the Emotion model adds metallic paint, alloy wheels, MP3 CD player and automated climate control to the Dynamic trim level. The model, sold as the Eleganza in the UK, is offered the full compliment of engines (with exception of the 100hp example).
The 500,000th Panda to be produced was a light blue Eleganza with the 1.3 litre MultiJet diesel engine.
The Panda 4x4 has a different range of trim levels to the road Panda. In the UK, only one trim level is offered, named simply '4x4', but mainland Europe is offered two distinct trim levels - the Climbing and the Cross. The 4x4 is easy to distinguish from other Pandas - it has raised ride height, plastic cladding, strengthened bumpers and a unique alloy wheel design with high-profile tyres. The 4x4 can only be ordered with a manual transmission.
The Climbing is the base 4x4, introduced in December 2004. Model features are similar to those of the Dynamic.
The Cross is the higher trim level of the 4x4, and builds upon the features of the Climbing. Geared more for off-road usage, the car features a differential lock-up with reductor.
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As seen on the FuelEconomy.gov website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:
|1.1 Petrol||1.2 Petrol||1.3 Diesel||1.3 Turbo Diesel||1.4 100HP|
|49.6 mpg||50.4 mpg||65.7 mpg|| 42.1 mpg UK/67.3 mpg UK|
54.3 mpg combined UK (45.2 mpg US)
Engine and TransmissionEdit
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Every Fiat Panda model is supplied with a three year/30,000 miles manufacturer's warranty, and by all accounts is extremely reliable. Service intervals are limited to 12,000 miles.
As a measure of customer satisfaction, the Panda was placed highly in Top Gear Magazine's JD Power customer satisfaction survey - and was in fact the highest ranking Fiat, beating even the Porsche Boxster. No major recalls have been launched by Fiat, and few horror stories of unreliability have circulated.
The European crash testing body, EuroNCAP, rates the Panda as having a three-star crash performance, out of a possible five. This is below average for this class of car, with rivals such as Toyota's Aygo gaining four, and Renault's Clio a maximum five stars. The EuroNCAP blames the poor scores due to high loads on drivers and front passengers chests in the frontal accident, and that a door on the struck side opened during the side impact test. The overall scores for the test were :
- Front - 10 points (63%)
- Side - 10 points (56%)
- Pedestrian - 6 points (17%)
- Child protection - 21 points (43%)
- Overall - 20 points, three stars.
The car tested, however, was an early example, dating from 2004. Fiat claims to have added extra airbags since this test, but the EuroNCAP have not tested the newer models.