Fiat Panda review

Category: City car

Section: Interior

Available fuel types:petrol
Available colours:
Fiat Panda Cross 2020
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

The first thing you will notice from the driving seat is the ancient-looking dials and trip computer display. Now, having analogue dials is no shame in this class, but the design and typography of the Panda’s makes it hard to gauge exactly what speed you're doing, and the digital driver's display is about as up to date as Ceefax and a faff to work. 

A height-adjustable driver’s seat is standard, but the steering wheel adjusts only up and down and not in and out, so finding a comfortable driving position isn't always easy, especially if you're tall. The seat isn't that supportive, either, and the footwell is cramped, with very little room for your left leg behind the clutch pedal. City cars need not be like that, as the far better layouts of the Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto prove. 

The raised driving position at least provides a good view out, and the view rearwards is also decent thanks to the big rear window. Rear parking sensors are optional on all trims but there's no option of a rear-view camera, or LED headlights for a brighter view ahead at night.

Nor is there a modern touchscreen infotainment system like those offered by most rivals. Instead, a smartphone holder is plonked on top of the dashboard above an AM/FM and DAB radio that incorporates Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and a socket to take an aux cable. This setup feels like a blast from the past and isn’t very user-friendly, either; even connecting your phone isn’t particularly intuitive.

While no city car comes with especially plush fixtures and fittings to relish, the i10 does at least look swish, while the Picanto and Volkswagen Up feel screwed together well. The Panda, on the other hand, features a palette of pretty low-rent plastics that have an undesirable flimsiness. 

Fiat Panda Cross 2020

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