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New Fiat Panda ECO

Two new versions of the Fiat Panda are now available, called the Panda Active ECO and Dynamic ECO. Both cars are fitted with special, low rolling resistance tyres, and use a low viscosity engine oil, which helps them to achieve a CO2 emissions level of 119 g/km.

The Panda Active ECO is powered by a 1.1-litre petrol engine which develops 54 bhp at 5000 rpm, while the Panda Dynamic ECO’s 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 60 bhp at 5000 rpm.

Both Active ECO and Dynamic ECO models return 42.8 mpg in the urban cycle; 68.3 mpg extra urban; and 56.5 mpg combined. Top speed for the Active ECO is 93 mph, with a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 15 seconds, while the Dynamic ECO reaches a maximum 96 mph and has a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 14 seconds.

The Active ECO’s standard equipment list includes immobiliser, driver and passenger airbag, ABS anti-lock braking with EBD, electric power steering, Follow Me Home headlights and electric front windows; while the Dynamic ECO also gets remote central locking, colour coded bumpers and a CD/MP3 player.

The Active ECO and Dynamic ECO cost just £100 more than the standard versions on which they are based. That means the Panda Active ECO costs £7,105 and the Panda Dynamic ECO £7,705. Both have a reduced VED tax band from C to B, so there is an immediate saving of £85 to owners.