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The popular UK
Panda range has been boosted by the arrival of tthe state-of-the-art
turbodiesel featuring Fiat Auto’s widely acclaimed, Euro 4-compatible,
1.3 litre 16-valve MultiJet engine – the smallest and most advanced
common rail direct injection turbodiesel in the world.
This resulta in not only the most powerful
and quickest Panda in the range, but also the one with the lowest fuel
consumption (65.7 mpg combined official figure), lowest emissions and
lowest running costs.
In fact, the new Panda diesel has running
costs significantly lower than almost all other new cars on UK roads
today – including an annual car tax bill of just £85.
ground-breaking 1.3 16v MultiJet engine made waves in the automotive
world when it was launched in the Punto in mid-2003, and now it is also
available in the Panda.
With 70 bhp at its
disposal, the 1.3 16v MultiJet is the most powerful Panda by a
significant margin, and its high torque (145 Nm/107 lb.ft at just 1500
rpm) provides a driving experience considerably more relaxed, refined
and exhilarating than would be expected in this segment of the market.
Alongside all the
benefits of performance, acceleration and flexibility associated with
such a powerplant, the Panda 1.3 16v MultiJet also manages to cover more
than 75 mpg outside town, and even in the urban environment returns 52
mpg. Combine this with its ultra-low 114 g/km carbon dioxide emissions
and Euro 4 compatibility, and the new Panda diesel has running costs
significantly lower than almost all other new cars today.
Small cars with diesel
engines are still a rare breed, but with the UK diesel market growing
continuously for over four years, and reaching over 32% in 2004, it is
certainly an area which is on the increase. The new Panda diesel will
also appeal to people other than those who purposely choose a diesel
engine, since it offers the best performance of the range. The refined
high-tech MultiJet engine is also less diesel-like than most of its
competitors, thus allowing the car to be sold simply as the quickest
Panda, for those who have no preference for diesel.
CO2 emissions: 114g/km
MPG Combined: 65.7
Engine: 1248cc Diesel
Transmission : 5 Manual
BHP: 70/145 NM
Top Speed: 99 mph
0.62mph: 13 secs
Insurance Group: 2
Reviewed by Jakob Bonds from Stockholm,
Panda MJT 1.3 2007: In my family we’ve
always kept two cars, one large premium car and a small city car for the
convenience and needs for both my wife and me. However increasing cost
awareness made us to choose just one car. This spring we bought a Fiat
Panda with the 1,3 litre diesel engine and we’ve grown very fond of it.
Splendid drive and an astonishing speed sensation, 70 km/h feels like
90, due to the high driving position and low cut windows. It makes
keeping speed limits much easier. In spite of that the Panda is quite
quick and the nimble handling shortens the travel time between home and
work significantly in rush hour traffic.
But its at the gas station that the real “power of the panda” comes in
to weight. The fuel efficiency and record low running costs of the 1,3
litre multi-jet diesel is just amazing.
In spite of the increasing diesel prices I’m paying less than half the
fuel bills I paid for my big Volvo before.
Fiat is the master designer of small cars and they proven themselves
again. I strongly recommend this car for its nice handling and overall
fitness. 5 stars.
Footnote: I’ve owned and driven a number of cars big and small over the
years. The Panda is in fact my 5th Fiat in a succession of Uno’s. The
bigger cars I owned includes a couple of Volvos and Mercedes.
Reviewed by John R from
Stourbridge, West Midlands
07 March 2011
1.3 (1248) Diesel Panda: I bought the Panda new, May
2007, since then I've done 48000 miles. The car has not missed a beat. A
few days ago a bulb went behind the dash, and now the cluth has just
started to slip slightly if used too hard, not quite needed to replace
yet, but have been quoted £290 locally. Annual road tax of only £30 has
save enough for the cluth on it's own. I drive pretty carefully,
(although not a 'Sunday Driver')and I get a regular return of between
60-65mpg (to and from Birmingham daily). On a long run 70mpg. In the
winter it returns about 5mpg less. If you can drive at 60-65 on the
motorway and keep your tyres checked with the proper low resistance
tyres then expect over 70mpg.
It will do just under 100mph (indicated speed)and although not the
quietest car in the world, by no means so obtrusive that it's a problem.
There is just about room for two adults in the back, but not for a long
journey, and there is a surprising boot for such a small car.
I now I can drive better, and can probably drive for less, but
considering the running costs and allowing for the relativley low cost
of the car, I doubt I could driver better for less.
Reviewed by Julie Pender from Manchester on
25 August 2010
Panda Synamic: This is my second panda and
i cannot sing the praises of this car enough. Economical on petrol love
the city drive and also where the fear stick is situated. If my local
dealer would of contacted me in march i would of liked to have bought a
10 reg one. This car is a dream to drive
Reviewed by Tina Storr from Hull, East
Yorkshire on 04 October 2009
Fiat Panda 1.3 Diesel
multijet: Perfect car for the city, nice & small, to fit comfortably in
those tiny spaces in cars park, city button makes parking even better,
fuel consumption excellent, as I've only filled mine up three time since
Jan 09, easy to clean, drive & looks pretty too.