FIAT PANDA

Fiat Panda

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How much does the Fiat Panda cost to run?

The 0.9L petrol is the most economical Fiat Panda to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Fiat Panda 0.9L petrol is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does just under 69 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in petrol every 100 miles driven.

This is at the other end of the spectrum compared to the best in class Suzuki Celerio 1.0L petrol which achieves just over 78 MPG.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 8, which is lower than the Smart Fortwo 0.9L petrol, but higher than the Citroen C1 1.0L petrol.

Engine options

model0.9L petrol1.1L petrol1.2L diesel1.2L petrol
mpg57.6 - 68.956.554.3 - 74.348.7 - 57.6
emissions95 - 114119100 - 136113 - 132
tax£0.00 - £30.00£30.00£0.00 - £145.00£145.00 - £30.00
insuranceGroup 7 - 10Group 1Group 7 - 12Group 3 - 6

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Fiat Panda: How big is the boot?

The Fiat Panda has an above average boot space (221 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair. Alternatively you could load up with one large bag or one cabin bag instead.

Worth knowing, the Smart Fortwo coupe is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and one large bag with its 307 litres.

Is the Fiat Panda easy to park?

This is one of the widest cars in the class, which makes it feel like a bit of a squeeze in the multi-stories. If that stresses you a bit, try the much narrower Kia Picanto.

When it comes to parking on the street, the Panda is one of the hardest. It has a turning circle of 9m, and a length of 3646m, giving you a relatively small 1154mm gap to turn the car in and out.

If you don’t have a drive, you should look at the best in class for parallel parking instead, the Smart Fortwo.

Which Fiat Panda has the best performance?

The fastest Fiat Panda from 0-60, is the 0.9L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 145 lbs/ft torque and 85 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 11.2 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Citroen C1 1.2L petrol, which will beat your Fiat Panda to 60 by 0.2 seconds. That doesn’t sound much, but in 0-60 terms it’s actually a big gap.

Engine options

model0.9L petrol1.1L petrol1.2L diesel1.2L petrol
zeroTo6211.2 - 12.11511.8 - 1813.4 - 14.8
torque14588145 - 200102
bhp85 - 905470 - 9560 - 69

What size caravan or trailer, can the Fiat Panda tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Fiat Panda 1.2L diesel which has 200 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 900kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.