You might not have considered the Panda if you’re constantly carrying large loads, but its 200-liter trunk offers more luggage space than the contemporary Mini hatchback, and you’ll get 861 liters with the rear seats folded down, meaning you can practically carry it. A dryer or mountain bike, depending on how adventurous you are. You can really do everything in Panda.
You can expect to get around 50 mpg from the eight-valve, front-wheel drive, and a lot more than that with the 1.3-liter Multijet diesel, which is much more livable with at highway speeds. Heavier struts in all-wheel drive and a higher ride height bring a slight efficiency penalty, as you’d expect, while a 1.4-liter 16-valve unit with 100 horsepower can handle 44 mpg in normal driving.
Enthusiasts, however, will undoubtedly be more excited when the 100HP’s 9.5-second 0-62 mph – which, in a car like this, feels a lot faster than it looks – and the agility of the four-wheel drive when it gets tough.
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Daryl Doecker: “I still think the Abarth should have taken 100HP to make a really fast hot hatch. A 1.4 liter turbo would have been great, the atmo you have now is fun but, in my opinion, not powerful enough. That hates me , but likes include the racing traffic lights, the sound (I have an Akrapovic exhaust with a custom tailgate) and go-kart handling. The six-speed gearbox usually needs an overhaul after 100,000 miles, but there’s nothing else to worry about.”