Buyers looking for a non-diesel eco city car should check out Fiat’s ECO Panda range.
There are two variants. The base Panda Active ECO uses a 54bhp 1.1-litre petrol engine, and includes electric front windows and ‘Follow Me Home’ headlights that stay on for a short time after switching off the engine to illuminate the walk to the front door. Top speed is 93mph, while 0-62mph takes 15 seconds.
The slightly plusher Panda Dynamic ECO uses a 60bhp 1.2-litre petrol, and adds remote central locking, colour-coded bumpers, and an MP3-capable CD player. It can reach 96mph, and 0-62mph in 14 seconds.
Both versions return an identical combined economy figure of 56.5mpg while emitting 119g/km CO2. This beats the standard versions by using low-rolling resistance tyres and low viscosity engine oil. But you get just two airbags and no air conditioning.
£7,105 for the ECO and £7,705 for the Dynamic ECO represents a premium of £100 over the ordinary versions. But under current legislation you’ll effectively get £85 of that back when you first tax the car, as the emissions rating drops the ECO Pandas from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED, or road tax) Band C to Band B, which costs just £35 a year.
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