Why is the Fiat Panda so special?
Style-wise, they’ve come a long way from the funny shaped box on wheels with pointy badger nose that they once were. But there’s something cute about it. And so perhaps it’s this quirkiness that makes the Panda such a popular car.
The one major advantage the Panda has over its rivals such as the VW Up! is that it’s a bit different. Its design is based on circles and squares – or as Fiat like to call them ‘squircles’ and this aesthetic philosophy is echoed throughout the car. According to Fiat it’s not just designed with ‘squircles’ in mind because they look good, apparently ‘squircles’ improve the Panda’s ‘aerodynamic efficiency’ it also means there’s a lot of space on the inside which makes it a comfy drive even for four grown-ups.
Fiat have tried to think of everything when it comes to selling the Panda and they’ve made sure there’s lots and lots of storage space. There are 14 storage compartments throughout the car, even the handbrake has been shrunk in order to make space for your phone or hot drink.
The Panda’s a tall car and you get raised seating which makes for good visibility, coupled with its light steering, it’s ideal for nipping around town and parking in small spaces. It’s definitely a city car and tests have shown it struggles with noise and lack of power when it comes to bigger, faster roads.
Boot space is ok – 225 litres and if you fold down the back seats you can increase that even more to 260 litres – but that will mean no space for rear passengers. If you wanted split seats in the back in order to accommodate more junk in the trunk and seat a passenger, you’ll have to pay for it as an optional extra.