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Fiat Panda Trekking (2014)

by Barry Green,reviewed January 2015

In its homeland of Italy, the Fiat Panda tops the sales charts.
Now in its third generation overseas, Panda pretty well delivers on the Fiat group’s claims of small car with five-door/five-seat practicality and (relatively) spacious, flexible interior yet compact exterior.

There’s good headroom, front and rear, and luggage capacity swells from 225 litres to 870 with the rear seats folded. The interior is suitably funky in styling, yet delivers above-average comfort for a B-segment urban warrior.

The quaintly-named Trekking, with 1.3-litre, turbo-diesel four-cylinder and five-speed manual only, is the range topper of a four-model line-up that includes Pop (1.2-litre four-cylinder), Easy and Lounge (both 0.9-litre twin-cylinder).

A tad bigger and heavier than its underlings, the Panda is a little reluctant to get going due to turbo lag. But once underway, it lopes along nicely, optimising its peak torque of 190Nm at just 1500rpm.

The ADR combined fuel consumption figure is a miserly 4.2 litres/100km, though we averaged 6.7 around town.

There are good grip levels, but the ride quality is biased towards choppy rather than compliance. We suspect that won’t worry its target market too much – Panda is very much a well-behaved city car that won’t be taken in search of too many mountain roads or race tracks.

Fiat Panda Trekking

For

Relatively roomy and practical, funky styling and packaging.

Against

Spacesaver spare, no steering reach adjustment, non-compliant ride quality

Key features

Body kit, daytime running lamps, fog lights, roof rails, ACC, remote central locking, AW15, radio/CD/MP3 with steering wheel audio controls, six speakers, Blue&Me connectivity system with bluetooth, USB and aux-in, ASS, rear PS, HFS, NAV docking port.

Safety

DFSCA, ABS, BA, ESC, TC, hill holder.

Car Details

Vehicle make Fiat
Vehicle model Panda Trekking
Vehicle type Micro
Year 2014
Price when new $24,000
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 1.3-litre, turbo-diesel, 4-cyl.
Max power 55kW @ 4000rpm.
Max torque 190Nm @ 1500rpm.
Acceleration to 100 km/h 13.2 seconds.
Driving wheels FWD
Economy ADR 4.3 litres/100km.
Emissions rating
5 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.