Offered with five doors and with the comfort of a higher segment, the new Panda proves it is a true super-compact that with its super efficiency is able to combine the smaller size outside with amazing volume inside. Despite its small size that makes it perfect in the city, once aboard the new Panda you will be amazed by the roominess of the passenger compartment and space available to the driver and passengers.
These days, people who choose a compact car don’t want to forgo the comfort they would find in larger cars, as they are used to the typical standards of comfort of superior segments and tend to refer to them. To achieve this objective, the designers worked according to the most modern ergonomic standards, in order to fulfil the criteria which measure a vehicle’s capacity to meet the requirements for on-board comfort and wellbeing. The final results of the new Panda are excellent in all key ergonomic areas: comfort, driving position, accessibility.
Specifically, the third-generation Panda boasts an improvement over the present model in terms of the main internal vertical (front +7 mm and rear + 4 mm) and side (front +26 mm and rear +5 mm) dimensions, placing it at the top of its class. Also thanks to the slim front seats that improve accessibilty (front + 23 mm, rear + 6 mm), the practicality of the longitudinal space increases (+20 mm) to provide rear passengers with greater comfort.
The new Panda is a surprisingly big car. Among other things, this result was achieved without jeopardising the boot capacity, which is 225 litres (with fixed rear seat), which become 260 with the sliding seat in the fully forward position, gaining an additional 16 cm. Furthermore, 870 litres are reached with the rear seat backrest folded down. Compared to the second generation Panda, the boot volume is 10 litres larger (normal configuration), which becomes 36 litres when the rear seat is folded down.
The Fiat Panda offers maximum freedom of use with its roomy, functional and comfortable passenger compartment that is in no way inferior to that of cars of a higher class. Besides, flexibility has always been one of the model’s strong points, as the new dashboard, large number of storage compartments and various seat configurations demonstrate.
The new dashboard is designed as a practical multipurpose shell containing a roomy storage “bin”, just like that of the first series of the model, which becomes the perfect place for stowing everything you want in total freedom… even in “cheerful and democratic” untidiness. Added to that is the more classic glovebox located in the lower part of the dashboard. The dashboard is enclosed by a colourful frame, without interruptions, which serves as a single perimeter to the steering wheel, radio and main controls, and that houses the vents. There is also a return to the first generation Panda, where the elements were attached to a cloth-covered “pouch”, which constituted the main part of the dashboard.
The 14 storage compartments in the Panda are not just abundant and capacious but are designed and conceived according to those who use the Panda every day for everyday items. There are open compartments which are easy to reach into for frequent use and closed, more concealed compartments for objects that are usually left in the car. One new feature is the glasses holder located above the driver’s window.
There is also something new for the seats, which confirm the flexibility of the model. The driver’s seat is also available with height adjustment, whereas the front passenger seat can be fitted with a backrest that folds down to form a table. The table function provides a surface for placing both objects such as a bag or laptop, and for oversize loads. If the rear seats are also lowered, the driver can get a flat boot platform extending over then entire length of the passenger compartment (over 2 metres) so that the interior space is used to the utmost.
The rear seat ensures the same versatility. It is available in the standard 2-seater version with fold-down backrest or, upon request, in the following configurations: 2 seats sliding longitudinally with fold-down 50/50 split backrest, 3 seats with fold-down backrest and 3 seats with fold-down 60/40 split backrest. It can all be made even more functional if combined with the handy and useful cargo box that when placed in the boot can both hold several objects inside and offer an all but flat loading space.
Made with a technology applied for the first time at Fiat, the slim front seats ensure more leg space for the rear passengers, greater flexibility – the seat travel distance is 21 centimetres and vertical adjustment is 6 cm – and enhanced seat comfort thanks to their comfortable and embracing shape. What’s more, the “squares” electrically welded to the backrest perform the important task of guaranteeing air passage between the passenger’s back and the seat fabric to improve comfort, during the warmer summer months. The door panel was also designed with the idea of freeing space in mind. The speaker in the panel has been raised to make the pocket wider and improve sound quality. Upholstery has been extended to the maximum to improve comfort.
To guarantee comfortable and distraction-free driving, in keeping with tradition the gear lever is in a raised position in the centre of the dashboard, very close to the steering wheel. The steering wheel is perfectly round on the outside to make it easy to turn and square on the inside to improve grip and provide maximum instrument panel visibility.
Another new stylistic and functional innovation is the special shape of the parking brake which derives from the desire to optimise the space of the console. Its small longitudinal dimensions allow the space in front and behind the lever to be exploited in addition to clearing space for use underneath it.
Therefore, the passenger compartment is designed as a single, comfortable space to increase quality of life on board, even for children. Proof of that is the parcel shelf that turns into a useful rigid platform for placing toys and – something new in the segment – a few graphic patterns decorating the door panels and roof of the car, in this way creating an attractive “sky” over the heads of the tiny passengers. In this same way the radio interface sports a pleasant and intuitive look, quite similar to the last-generation portable consoles. All controls and buttons are grouped into two islands so they are easier for the driver to use.