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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 4 - Fiat Panda

Updated on September 30, 2008


I'm crazy about this car! I've had the opportunity of driving this fantastic little Panda right across Italy, and I'm absolutely head over heels in love. This is the absolutely perfect car to get America out of the mess it finds itself in. The mileage is superb, although falling quite a bit short of the market leaders. I have to admit that I got considerably better mileage when I was driving the little Panda, but I was being very careful to maximize the MPG. In return you get a true five door vehicle that is spacious, comfortable, handles wonderfully for a tiny economy car, and can certainly hold its own on the fastest freeway. No, it doesn't even come close to measuring up in fuel conomy against a virtually identically priced Citroën C1, but still... if Fiat ever brought this car to these shores, I'd camp out at my local dealer to be the first one to buy one. It's not just because I'm Italian • I'm a Panda Fanatic!


The Fiat Panda Hatchback 1.1 Active 5 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $9,507.92, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 1108 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 93 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 15 seconds. The performance factor of 11.9 is average for its class. The Fiat Panda Hatchback 1.1 Active 5 Door returns 58.9 MPG in highway driving, 39.2 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 49.6. With a fuel tank capacity of 7.7 gallons, the car can travel 454 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 546 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Fiat Panda Hatchback 1.1 Active 5 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 83, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.


Fiat Panda Hatchback 1.1 Active 5 Door •





Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 5

Seats • Number of • 5

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 1108 / 4

Valves • Number of • 8

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 54 / 5000

Torque (lb / ft) • 65

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3538

Overall Width (mm) • 1578

Overall Height (mm) • 1540

Front Seat Head Room (mm) • 940

Front Seat Leg Room (mm) • 1010

Rear Seat Head Room (mm) • 935

Rear Seat Knee Room (mm) • 585

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 206

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 860

Turning Radius (m) • 9.1

Towing Capacity (kg) • 800

Curb Weight (kg) • 840


0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 15

Top speed (MPH) • 93



Alloy Rims / Wheels • Option Not Available

Metallic Exterior Paint • $375.00


Automatic Transmission • Option Not Available

Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • Option Not Available

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Option Not Available

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • $150.00

Automatic Traction Control • Option Not Available

Electronic Stability System • Option Not Available

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Alarm • Option Not Available

Visible VIN • Standard Equipment

Secure Spare Tire • Standard Equipment

Etched Parts • Standard Equipment

Window Etching • Standard Equipment

Locking Wheel Lugs • Option Not Available

Side Impact Safety Bars • Standard Equipment

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers • Standard Equipment

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available


Leather Surface Seats • Option Not Available

Climatic Control • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Reach • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Height • Standard Equipment

Power Steering • Option Not Available

Adjustable Seat Height • Option Not Available

Adjustable Power Seats • Option Not Available

Air Conditioning • Option Not Available

Split Folding Rear Seats • Option Not Available

Power Front Windows • Standard Equipment

Remote Mirrors • Option Not Available

Electrically Heated Mirrors • Option Not Available

Power Moonroof • Option Not Available

Manual Moonroof • Option Not Available

Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available


Hands Free Cell Phone • Option Not Available

Satellite GPS Navigation • Option Not Available

Radio • Option Not Available

Radio With RDS • Option Not Available

Theft Proof Radio • Standard Equipment

Multi CD • Option Not Available

iPod / MP3 Connector • Option Not Available

Bluetooth Enabled • Option Not Available

DVD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

MP3 CD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

CD With RDS • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available


City MPG • 39.2

Highway MPG • 58.9

Combined MPG • 49.6

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 7.7

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 135

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $20.00

Eco Rating • C

Insurability Grouping • 1

Estimated Average Insurance • $273.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 33.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $175.00

Maintenance Factor • 24

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $680.00

Maintenance Intervals • 9,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi


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