Two different engines are offered in the Panda. The base engine is Fiat’s ubiquitous 1.2-litre 69bhp FIRE engine. There’s also the parallel twin-cylinder TwinAir engine in turbocharged 85bhp form, which uses a developed version of Fiat’s uniquely flexible valve timing system, dubbed MultiAir II. This engine emits less than 100g/km of CO2.
The TwinAir turbo is as engaging as ever. You can drive it for economy and change up at amazingly low revs, but it’s more fun to drive using the revs. This characterful engine is actually a more engaging proposition when out of the city limits. Around town, the gearing fluctuates between holding too many revs and too few, which leaves you frequently swapping cogs.
Fiat's 1.2-litre FIRE engine is the smoothest spinning motor, has the most distant rev limit (6300rpm) and issues none of the TwinAir’s thrummy vibrations.