Practical test Fiat Panda Hybrid Sport: electrified legend

There are auto legends - and there are Fiat Panda. In its beginnings since 1980 with the angular Giugiaro line as a "great box" burned into the collective automobile memory, the prime example of a versatile Italian Small car It has earned its laurels simply because of its permanent presence in the car market. With four million sales of one of the most successful Fiat models ever, it has now even been electrified in the current generation as the Panda Hybrid Sport, but this is less reflected in politically correct and state pampered locomotion than in consumption. There is hardly anything to be seen of sport - even if it was heard from some contemporaries.

“It sounds like a sports car,” said a friend when the Panda Hybrid drives into the courtyard of his farmhouse. Big word of honor, it was early in the day and no alcohol was involved, but a wall as a privacy screen. And yet the growling three-cylinder engine seems to be more hearty than it is - at least for the inexperienced ear. The 70 hp (51 kW) developed by the 1,0-liter petrol engine is of course sufficient for most everyday maneuvers in the city.

Behind the exit sign, on the other hand, it gets tricky, both dynamically and acoustically. If the technology twin of the Fiat 500 has reached 14 km / h after a 100-second run-up, there is a loud noise in the cabin, from a speed of 130 you turn up the radio volume and hold the steering wheel with both hands. Because thanks to the clear height and angular cuboid shape, the winch likes to push the little panda around at higher speeds.

Power leaves a lot to be desired

On the other hand, the higher speeds should be shifted to the straight highways if possible. On winding country roads, the chassis and steering respond to an overly impetuous urge to move with noticeable understeer and rocking. In view of the manageable performance figures, overtaking also requires a bit of driving skill or the old driving school rules: suck in, downshift and then put maximum pressure on the pedal and "complete the overtaking process as quickly as possible" if you don't want to stay behind the truck until the next city limit . Otherwise, the driving behavior within the prescribed speeds is unproblematic in the best sense of the word. The little one reacts spontaneously to steering and throttle commands and pleases with a smooth run.

Practical test Fiat Panda Hybrid Sport: electrified legend
Fiat Panda Hybrid

Consumption according to the WLTP standard is 5,7 liters, which is just acceptable for such a small box, as the hybrid version is up to three liters more economical on paper than the other motor-drive variants. On the road, however, it tends to settle down between six and seven liters. In any case, our on-board computer consistently showed a 6 before the decimal point.

Enough space for 4 people

In fact, the panda area is of course not in the vastness beyond the place name sign, but in the small urban bustle of crowded and parked cities. Here he plays his own strengths and gives the Italian small car completely. At just under 3,70 meters, it offers space for four people, who can even enjoy enough headroom on the back seat thanks to the clear 1,61 meters height. The small, but almost vertically opening doors allow easy entry. The trunk alone then only holds a meager 225 liters. But if you drive alone or as a couple, the folded backrest creates an almost square cargo space.

In general, the box shape and the large window areas provide a brilliant overview, with which almost every gap in stationary and moving traffic can be used. And all without the park beeper, which you have to order anyway. If you still want it, you better grab the City Package Plus (550 euros), which also includes electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors and the City Emergency Brake Assistant. The 9,3 meter turning circle also contributes to the urban handiness.

Concept remains old

Speaking of assistance systems: technology and comfort gimmicks are quite manageable. Even in the list of options, one looks in vain for the electronic helpers that have become commonplace, such as automatic tracking, steering or distance machines. The panda concept has been around for a few years. ESP, tire pressure monitoring, active headrests and continuous head airbags are always standard. Air conditioning and power steering with city function are also part of the on-board equipment. In the sports version we drive from 13.490 euros, there is also a radio with DAB + reception and 7-inch touchscreen including smartphone connection via Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

There are also numerous packages with which the equipment can be pimped up. They are all priced in at a reasonable price, but in the end it pays off. Our test car with City Package (400 euros), Flex Package (400 euros), Pandemonio Package (360 euros), two-tone paintwork (750 euros), fog lights (200 euros) and height-adjustable driver's seat (140 euros) below the vehicle cost A whopping 15.740 euros. 

Data Fiat Panda Hybrid Sport

Length x Width x Height (m): 3,69 x 1,67 x 1,61
Wheelbase (m): 2,30
Drive: 3-cylinder petrol engine, 999 ccm, 48-V hybrid, front-wheel drive, 6-speed manual transmission
Total output / power: 51 kW / 70 PS at 6000 rpm 
Max. Torque: 92 Nm at 3500 rpm
Top speed: 164 km / h
0 acceleration to 100 km / h: 13,9 sec.
Average WLTP consumption: 5,7 liters
Efficiency class: A
Emission class: 6d temp
CO2 emissions: 129,3 g / km (WLTP)
Empty weight (EU) / payload: min. 1055 kg / max. 365 kg
Boot volume: 225 liters
Max. Trailer load: n / a
Base Price: 13.490 Euros
Test car Price: 15.265 Euros

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