This particular car has been living in Kent, which happens to be the warmest part of the UK, so I can’t imagine it has seen much snow and ice. It is spotlessly clean inside, the bodywork has a lovely gloss that indicates it has been well looked after by its two previous owners. The underside has been checked too and is also very clean without any signs of off road abuse. There are some interesting details with the Panda, Fiat decided to use the ‘Squircle’ as the main design feature. When you know about this square-circle idea, you find them everywhere, inside and outside they have made as much as possible ‘squircle’. It all adds to the fun and charm of the Panda. The ‘squircle’ fabric seats are in superb condition, with the luxury option of a winter pack this heats the seats and also provides a heated windscreen, perfect for UK winter time and melting the morning frost in no time. The dashboard has a matte grey finish, with clear and easy to use heater controls with air conditioning and a powerful sound system, with Bluetooth telephone system included.
In addition to this specification, it has the desirable fifth seat option giving an additional headrest and seat belt over the standard car, and dark rear privacy glass adds a premium feel. On the road, the TwinAir 875cc turbo-charged engine makes the Panda come to life, it has plenty of torque and pulls well in every gear, it has far more punch than you expect. The benefit of a six speed gearbox is rare in a car of this size, but it means the motorway can be used with ease and it will happily cruise long distances in comfort.
This Panda has just been fitted with a new clutch and dual-mass flywheel, flown through the MoT without any advisories and with road fund license at only £30 per year there can’t be a better value, modern, economical 4×4 available.