The 2018 Fiat Panda is not just a small car, regardless of the total length reduced by only 3650mm. It has always been different in nature from rivals of similar size and price. It called city cars or economy cars; the Panda is more of an “essential” car, created for many who will use it as their only car. Fiat’s boss, Olivier François, sums it up as “the official car to do what you want”.
The prototype of 2018 Fiat Panda that is visible in the photo gallery is covered with camouflage, but we can still get a glimpse of its interior due to the configuration of its glass-covered surfaces. It is evident that the small windows on pillars C have been preserved, as they are left uncovered by camouflage, and the general shapes of the interior elements seem unchanged. The headlights will be different from the current car, and the same can be said about the front and rear bumpers. The taillights will also be refreshed, and Italians are expected to do something regarding the customization options in the lineup.
A funky and airy cabin features a large center console that holds most controls including the gearlever within easy reach. The elevated driving position is not to everyone’s taste, but it ensures good visibility. A height-adjustable steering wheel is standard (it does not move inside or out), as is the height adjustment of the driver’s seat. Most of the plastics and fabrics used in the interior are of good quality and seem well assembled. In conjunction with fairly tight stop lines and solid doors and switchgear, the overall impression is that of a strong and durable car. For the compact Fiat, this is not an easy task, and this gives it an added attraction, especially if you opt for one of the robust versions. Entry level Pop models are equipped with a CD player and front power windows. stretching to an easy version, which adds air-con, better stereo, remote central locking and roof rails. The salon models are expensive, but they also get exterior body color trim, alloy wheels and electrically adjustable mirrors. The Trekking and 4×4 versions come with a lot of kit, although they are the most expensive Pandas.
Three engines are available: a 1.2-liter gasoline of 68 hp, a Twinair of 0.9 to 84 hp and a 1.3-liter diesel of 74 hp. 1.2 Essence is not a fireball, but it’s around the city. If you regularly go beyond the city limits, you should consider diesel; it feels stronger and more flexible than petrol, so it’s best to track traffic on faster roads. The Twinair versions have a bit of mid-range muscle, but they are tasteless at very low speeds and out of breath in the top versions