Background on the Fiat Panda

The arrival of the Fiat Panda 100HP in 2007 boosted the UK range to nine versions with a choice of six trim levels – Active, Dynamic, Dynamic Aircon, Dynamic Sky Dome, Eleganza, Alessi, 4x4 and 100HP.

There were also two special equipment upgrades to the Dynamic version.

Fiat offered a choice of four powerplants  - the 1.3-litre 16-valve 70bhp MultiJet turbodiesel and three FIRE petrol engines – a 1.1-litre 8-valve, 54 bhp, a 1.2-litre 8-valve, 60 bhp,  and a new 100bhp version of Fiat’s 1.4-litre 16-valve FIRE petrol engine.

Both 1.1 and 1.2-litre petrol engines and the 1.3-litre turbodiesel were mated to five-speed manual gearboxes, while the 100 bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit in the Panda 100HP was mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The Panda 4x4, a four-wheel drive hatchback, featured a variable torque distribution four-wheel drive transmission system. Dualogic – a clutchless, five-speed sequential manual shift with a selectable fully automatic mode – was offered as an optional transmission on all two-wheel drive 1.2-litre 8-valve models.

Within compact exterior dimensions, the Fiat Panda’s design combined the road presence and elevated driving position of a small Sport Utility Vehicle and the space and flexible practicality of an people carrier. However, thanks to MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension, together with an advanced platform, the Panda offered good driving dynamics.

The Panda offered electric front windows, central locking, Dualdrive electric power steering, twin front airbags and a stereo radio/CD player fitted as standard in even the entry level, Active version. Also included were up to six airbags, automatic climate control, parking sensors, a Sky Dome electric sunroof, steering wheel audio controls and a stereo CD with MP3 player.

The Panda had a fully comprehensive array of both active and passive safety features with up to six airbags, front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiter, three-point rear seat belts, and anti-submarining seats fitted as standard.

Fiat Auto also fitted a full range of braking, traction control, and stability systems to the Panda - ABS anti-lock brakes complete with electronic brakeforce distribution, ASR to limit wheel slip during acceleration, MSR to modulate engine torque whilst changing down, and ESP to control stability whilst cornering.

Vehicles fitted with ESP also benefited from hydraulic brake assistance and a unique Hill Holder function.

The front of the revised 2007 Panda range harmoniously blended powerful, rectilinear headlamps with an understated grille and deep front air dam incorporating foglights and urban-essential rubbing strip. These Panda cars (which are now used Fiat) can be obtained at a fraction of the cost of current new models.

In profile, the Panda was characterised by large, bow shaped windows linked via blacked out door pillars to the rear quarterlight.

The compact exterior dimensions of the Fiat Panda – 1.58m wide, 1.54m high and 3.54m long, with a wheelbase of just 2.30 m – hid a spacious, flexible interior.

The vehicle had an overall passenger room coefficient of more than 68% and thanks to an innovative split/folding and sliding rear seat, the 206-litre luggage compartment could be increased to 236-litres.

The driving position was raised and there was a height adjustable seat, rake adjustable steering wheel plus generous glazing.