News Fiat’s Panda City Cross delivers the cheapest five-door hybrid...

Fiat’s Panda City Cross delivers the cheapest five-door hybrid in Britain for a bargain £13,000


- Advertisment -

BET you didn’t know that Fiat’s Panda has absolutely nothing to do with the lovable black and white bear.

It is actually named rather grandly after Empanada – the Roman Goddess of charity and hospitality.

Fiat’s £13k Panda is the cheapest five-door hybrid in Britain

And now with the arrival of the first hybrid Panda offering lower running costs and emissions, the diddy motor’s charity and hospitality rating is at an all-time high.

So high, in fact, that the £13k runabout is also the cheapest five-door hybrid in Britain.

But is it any good? Actually, yes. Although the hybrid twist is as mild as a cold korma, the fact it is now in one of the most cost-efficient cars on the road is a win-win.

In its funky, chunky and base City Cross trim, the jacked-up and generously plastic-cladded little squirt packs genuine visual charm.

And inside, the admittedly cheap and scratchy plastics are treated with inspiration, from the embossed wordsearch on the door trim, to the rippled stereo speakers and the bright colourways that frame the largest of storage bins slap-bang in the dashboard.

There’s even a super-useful smartphone mount on the top of the dash (right next to the all-important USB port) to keep your cable clutter under control.

In its funky, chunky and base City Cross trim, the jacked-up and generously plastic-cladded little squirt packs genuine visual charm

And this is important because you will definitely need your phone in this Panda as the infotainment system is a retro LCD affair.

Even the surprisingly comfy seats – positioned high to increase the driver’s visibility – boast a right-on fabric fashioned from reclaimed sea plastic.

The doors and boot may still slam with a jarring, tinny crash but the three-cylinder engine sounds enthusiastically throaty and, initially, pretty peppy, albeit under a bit of rev thrashing.

This fun does expire, however, as the short manual gear ratios teamed with the compromised non-turbocharged powertrain mean longer or more spirited runs are not the preserve of this urban-focused Panda.

The Panda’s previous 1.2-litre petrol engine has been ditched for this hybrid version in favour of a smaller 1-litre which is now paired to a 11Ah battery and a 12-volt starter generator.

There’s even a super-useful smartphone mount on the top of the dash (right next to the all-important USB port)

But accessing the benefits of this system is largely down to the mindfulness of the driver as the electric assistance only kicks in while coasting in neutral below 20mph and to aid the start/stop procedure.

It’s exactly the same set-up that Fiat has just rolled out for the more traditionally attractive 500 Hybrid.

But the benefits of the Panda over the 500 are many fold – much more practical and spacious, rides better and, spec-for-spec at least, cheaper. Charity and hospitality indeed.

The Fiat Panda’s first step into a brave new electrically assisted future has been taken – and it is still cheap as chips.

The Panda is much more practical and spacious than the Fiat 500


Price: £13,855

Engine: 1-litre petrol hybrid

Power: 70hp, 92Nm

0-62mph: 14.7 secs

Top speed: 96mph

Economy: 49mpg

CO2: 89g/km

Out: Now

GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL [email protected]


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Q&A about dead suspects in California mass shooting | Latest News

WHAT PROMPTED THE GUNFIRE?Police do not have a motive for the shootings, which ended with a gun battle...

Madcap James Bond ideas that didn’t make the cut — from 007 dressing as Jesus to a David Bowie villain – Bukipress

JAMES BOND is famed for squeezing out of tight spots in pretty miraculous ways. But an eccentric idea by film...

We need to end lockdown quickly & there can be no turning back this time – Bukipress

BORIS Johnson stands on the cusp of another critical moment in his epic battle with Covid. Last April, of course,...

Kelly vs Avanesyan LIVE RESULTS: Stream, TV channel, undercard for big night of boxing at Wembley Arena – latest updates – Bukipress

JOSH KELLY faces the biggest night of his career this evening as he fights David Avanesyan for the European...
- Advertisement -

Liverpool eye Lucas Ocampos transfer but £56m release fee for Sevilla winger could be potential stumbling block – Bukipress

LIVERPOOL are reportedly interested in signing Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos this summer. But the 26-year-old’s £56m release fee could scupper...

Ant & Dec name Saturday Night Takeaway’s angriest prank victims saying Gordon Ramsay still sends ‘chilling’ texts – Bukipress

ANT McPartlin and Dec Donnelly have revealed the stars they left shaking with rage after their elaborate wind-ups. The pair...

Must read

- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you