2021 Fiat Panda Hybrid Sport test: an old acquaintance, now with an ECO label

2021 Fiat Panda Hybrid Sport test: an old acquaintance, now with an ECO label
The Fiat Panda is an old acquaintance that now benefits from micro-hybrid technology. Is it a good buy?

It is not the micro-urban segment, in which the Fiat Panda, a booming category, is active. Some models have opted to convert to electric, such as the Fiat 500e, the Renault Twingo or the Seat Mii, with the price increase that this entails. Others, meanwhile, maintain their traditional gasoline mechanics, such as the Hyundai i10, the Toyota Aygo or the Kia Picanto. And then there are those who, in the vein of the latter, add a light hybridization system to benefit from the ECO label. And that’s where the Fiat Panda stands.

The Fiat Panda is a model that shows the passing of the years, since this generation was launched in 2012 and, since then, it has received some evolutions, but none of great importance. The incorporation of a microhybrid version in 2020 it was, in fact, one of the most important.

Fiat Panda technical sheet and discounted prices

Fiat Panda

 

Apart from said mechanical novelty, last April 2021 Fiat presented a slight restyling in which the bumpers, wheels, taillights, body color palette and the upper center part of the dashboard were renewed, which includes a new screen. Its objective? Hold on for a few more years on the market before its 100% electric substitute arrives, scheduled for around 2023.

And how does this renewed Fiat Panda position itself in the micro-urban spectrum? So, how one of the most affordable price alternatives, with a small but well used cabin and, now, equipped with an engine that consumes very little gasoline and that it benefits from the always appreciated ECO label, a good point in favor for an eminently urban use.

Inside, it is still practical and simple

The cabin is where the years are most noticeable to this Fiat Panda, although this restyling has served to place a new central display, simple but intuitive and well placed, which improves its appearance and functionality. Inside everything is simple, easy to operate and, in addition, there are quite a few slots. It does not shine in habitability, but it is well used inside, so that two adults (not three due to the limited width available) can travel in the rear seats with reasonable space.

The trunk is more usable than its discreet 225L suggests. However, the quality of materials is very discreet, both for adjustments and for the solidity of plastics and buttons. In addition, the driving position is too high, although it gives good visibility.

Fiat Panda interior

From Sport, only the denomination

The Sport trim looks great on the Panda, but it’s just aesthetic. It has nothing to do with that previous generation Panda 100HP, which had 100 hp and a sport-tuned chassis. The territory of the Panda Hybrid is the city and its surroundings, where it brings out Its two great virtues: its maneuverability in short spaces and its low consumption, since it is not difficult to achieve the 5.2 L / 100 km that the brand advertises. However, on the road it is much less solvent, since its 69 hp, even supported by the extra 5 hp provided by the electric motor, remains somewhat fair at certain times, such as overtaking or ascending slopes.

In part, the reason is found in the long development of the transmission, which benefits consumption but penalizes performance. You can travel with this vehicle, but it is not where you feel most comfortable. In any case, You can’t ask for wonders from such an inexpensive car, but there are specific areas that could be better polished., like for example the spongy and not very precise touch of the manual gearbox. Nor is it an example for comfort, although in return it is well soundproofed, brakes well and the steering is very soft for the city.

Connectivity

All Panda models, except the most basic, have a 7 ″ touch screen that integrates Fiat’s Uconnect multimedia system, compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It is very simple, but it is included as standard equipment. It also has Bluetooth and a USB socket.

Fiat Panda 1.0 Hybrid data sheet

  • Motor: Gasoline 3 cylinders in line, 999 cc
  • Power: 69 CV (51 kW) a 6.000 rpm
  • Through: 92 Nm a 3.500 rpm
  • Traction: To the front wheels
  • Change: Six-speed manual
  • Maximum speed: 164 km/h
  • 0 a 100 km/h: 13.9 seconds
  • Consumption: 5.2 L/100 km
  • CO2 emissions: 118 grams

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