Fiat has announced pricing and specifications for the brand new 2012 version of its practical Panda city car.
The third-generation Fiat Panda will cost from £8,900 when it goes on sale in the UK at the end of February.
Fiat Panda trim levels
The new Fiat Panda comes in three trim levels – Pop, Easy and Lounge.
Equipment on the entry-level Pop trim is not particularly generous, with electric front windows, manual central locking, four airbags and body coloured bumpers being the chief highlights.
Easy specification adds remote central locking, air conditioning and an improved audio system, while range-topping Lounge models also include heated electric mirrors and 15-inch alloy wheels.
Significantly, stability control is not fitted as standard equipment anywhere in the Panda range. Despite most offering it as standard, Fiat is still charging an extra £275. This is one reason why the Panda has only achieved a four-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
However, like the new Volkswagen Up and Seat Mii, Fiat is offering an autonomous city braking system, dubbed ‘Low Speed Collision Mitigation.’ This scans the road ahead and can actively apply the car’s brakes to avoid a crash – or at least reduce the speed of impact.
Three engines – including TwinAir petrol
There will be three engine choices for the new Panda initially: 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol, 85bhp two-cylinder 0.9-litre TwinAir turbo petrol and a 75bhp 1.3-litre turbodiesel.
Fiat claims fuel economy of between 54.3 and 72.4mpg for the Panda – with the diesel offering the greatest on-paper fuel economy. In terms of CO2 emissions, the TwinAir is cleaner, achieving just 95g/km in its most efficient setting.. The diesel manages 104g/km.
However, even with the basic 1.2-litre petrol engine, you can expect the Panda to be cheap to run.
Panda prices from £8,900
Pricing starts at £8,900 for the entry-level 1.2-litre Pop, rising to £12,000 for the TwinAir Lounge automatic.
The cheapest diesel is the £11,100 1.3 Easy. Neither the turbodiesel nor the TwinAir petrol are available in basic Pop specification.
The Panda’s starting price is £905 more than the entry-level VW Up, which is a brave move by Fiat given the competitive nature of the city car segment. Even if the Panda is marginally more spacious, it offers less standard equipment than the Up – and lacks the cachet of the VW badge.