2019 Fiat Panda

Super economical Panda promises a fun drive!

Charl Wilken
Fiat
Panda
Used Car
Road Test

The Fiat Panda is a city car that comes with loads of personality a well as a small little engine that should impress most people with its sheer willingness and frugal fuel economy. On the downside some of its more modern rivals do offer higher levels of all-round refinement. The Panda comes equipped with an impressive list of safety features that trumps most of its rivals at this price point.

 

Specifications:

Model: 2019 Fiat Panda 900T Easy

Pre-Owned Price: R 129 900

Mileage: 16 150km

Maintenance Plan: Remainder of 3-Year/100 000km

Warranty: Remainder of 3-Year/100 000Km

Fuel Consumption (combined): 4.2-litres/100km

0-100km/h: 11.2 seconds

Contact: Miguel Tavares from Cargo Exclusive Edenvale at 010 823 8679

 

Background and condition of vehicle:

  • Our little Panda on test was a year old and with only 16 150km on the clock there was certainly nothing to complain about.
  • The bodywork seemed like new, while the interior also proved to be in a pristine condition.
  • Mechanically it also proved to be perfect.
  • The Panda came equipped with 175/65R14 tyres that still offered lots of tread and will not need replacing in a hurry.

 

Performance and Economy:

  • Power comes from a small turbocharged 900cc twin cylinder engine that delivers 63 Kilowatts of power and an impressive 145Nm of torque.
  • The TwinAir engine offers an entertaining drive with responsive performance in and around town.
  • You can drive it for economy shifting at low revs, but it is much more fun using higher revs.
  • The engine can become somewhat noisy at higher engine revs, although it is an entertaining noise which I found hugely likeable.
  • The 0-100 km/h sprint time of 11.2-seconds proved excellent for an entry level vehicle of this nature.
  • With a claimed fuel economy figure of just 4.2-litre per 100km it is one of the most economical petrol driven vehicles on the market.

 

How does it drive?

  • I was honestly impressed by the overall comfort of the little Panda.
  • The dampers seem well sorted on the vehicle and thus provides smooth passage around city streets and even bumpier country roads.
  • There is some body roll around corners as you would expect from the tall riding stance and softer damper settings, but nothing that will make you uneasy.
  • The five-speed manual gearbox is a pleasure to use too, with easy and precise throws between gears.
  • Ultimately the Panda is most comfortable in the city where it’s small dimensions and light steering ensures excellent maneuverability in and around small spaces, especially with the City mode feature activated.

 

Inside the vehicle:

  • Inside the Panda the emphasis remains one of stylish practicality.
  • The dash is designed to ensure ease of use, while the facia design is both appealing and practical.
  • As expected at this price point you will notice a lot of harder plastics throughout the cabin, but on the plus side they seem durable.
  • Considering its entry level status the little Panda impressed with its safety features that not only included front and side airbags, but also stability control and ABS braking with EBD.

Standard features were also plentiful and included the following:

 

    • Air-conditioning                                             
    • City driving mode
    • Central Locking
    • Front and Side Airbags (4)                       
    • Multi-function steering wheel
    • ABS with EBD and brake assist    
    • On-Board trip computer
    • Stability Control
    • Multi-media infotainment system
    • Various cupholders
    • Economy driving mode
    • 14 storage pockets                 
    • Blue tooth phone connectivity                               
    • Isofix rear seats                       
    • USB and Aux ports and 12V connector
    • Electric windows (front only)
    • Stop/start                              

 

Space and Practicality:

  • The Panda feels tall when you slide in behind the wheel and despite its small dimensions it does not feel cramped at all.
  • Visibility from the driver’s seat is great, while the controls are simple and easy to operate as well.
  • Inventive design provides 14 different compartments for gadgets big and small.
  • Boot space is fair for a vehicle in this class and can be increased from 225-litres to 870-litres by folding away the rear seats.

 

The verdict:

  • The Panda offers buyers a little city vehicle with a charming personality and an enjoyable drive.
  • The little 900cc Turbo engine is a gem and promises good all-round performance as well as fantastic fuel economy.
  • The fact that that the Fiat Panda comes with a 4-star Euro Ncap safety rating and is covered by a 3-year/100 000 Maintenance Plan enhances the value the little Panda offers potential buyers even further.

 

  • Great little engine
  • Fantastic fuel economy
  • Good safety features at the price
  • Remainder of 3-Year Maintenance Plan
  • Lovely engine noise

X  Engine a little noisy when pushed hard