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The third incarnation of the popular Fiat Panda has been released in the UK. The brand new vehicle proves again that they can't be beaten on small cars, and you can lease it here! 6.4 million of these vehicles have been sold over the previous 31 years, and pleasingly, the new motor has kept many of its previous attributes.
While the Fiat Panda 1.3 has been given a huge facelift, it preserves its recognisable confident appearance. Fiat has replaced the boxed lines with a smoother look, aswell as being longer, taller and wider than the original. Basic models include both daytime running lights and body-coloured bumpers, grouped with the large glass expanse.
Changes have also been made to the design inside the vehicle. The gear lever, handbrake, button surrounds and instruments have curved edges, with the dashboard looking high-quality and efficient. The cabin has also been upgraded with a more sophisticated appearance, with plastics also improved. Some of its previous characteristics remain the same, with sizeable storage pockets on the dash, with another 13 on-board stowage bins containing a lockable glovebox.
Although the vehicle has additional length, back passengers will have limited leg room. This however is a result of the increased 225 litre boot, equaling that of the Hyundai i10. Available from September will be a customised sliding rear seat also makes the Fiat Panda's incredibly versatile. While the basic model only includes two back seats, a middle seat, third headrest, seatbelt and 40/60 split fold are optional extras.
As for the drive, the second gen 1.3 16v Multijet diesel fits the Fiat Panda completely. The vehicles torque has increased to 190Nm at 1,500rpm and is flexible at slow speeds and a pleasant cruise on the motorway. Refreshed suspension and amended rear axles mean the Panda is comfortable in either a town centre or open road. At high speeds the stability is excellent, and the lack of body rolls lets the motor accelerate with aplomb.
Basic Fiat Panda 1.3 models include stop/start, which results in a CO2 figure of 104g/km and return 72.4mpg of combined fuel consumption.