For those who want great proportions, superb performance and unrivalled styling in their 4-door compact, the sporty Panda Lounge is an obvious choice. The 2018 Lounge trim combines good kit with truly exceptional engines, all housed within Panda’s enduringly popular boxy silhouette, now with added curves.
The latest Panda Lounge trim is immediately distinguished from the outside by stylish fog lamps, smart 15-inch alloy wheels and black side mouldings, marking out this model as no cuddly Panda. Body coloured door handles and mirrors, which can be heated and adjusted electronically, are nice extra touches. Flexible and roomy as ever, the Panda Lounge’s stylish cabin boasts a range of great features including six-speaker sound system, air-conditioning, mp3 connector and remote central locking.
The Panda Lounge is for sale with a good choice of engine specs for city driving or longer trips, with both diesel and petrol models available. The smallest engine is the 0.9L 85PS Twinair which nevertheless outperforms many competitors in class, courtesy of its clever design. Listing at £10,940 with manual gears, this smart little engine produces a meagre 99g of CO2 per km which exempts the car from road tax. The automatic model adds a little over £1000 to the list price but further reduces CO2 emissions to 95g. Drivers enjoy the benefit of switching between a ‘clutchless’ semi-automatic mode and fully automatic, with a computer selecting maximum fuel efficiency at all times.
The diesel option is the 1.3L Multijet with 75PS, Fiat’s outstandingly flexible and frugal engine that averages a brilliant 72.4 mpg whilst emitting a mere 104g of CO2 per km. Listing at just under £12K, the 1.3L Multijet Lounge is a great choice for those who want to combine effortless motorway driving with short trips, whilst keeping fuel costs to a bare minimum. Finally, the Panda 1.2L 69PS petrol version is a proven performer and boasts the lowest outlay for the 2018 Lounge trim, listing at less thank £10k, and with orangewheels discounts even less.