This week we have turned our attention to small cars. We've rounded up the most fuel efficient small cars, and taken a look at the best cars for young drivers.
The Fiat Panda is one car that features on both of these two lists - the 1.3-litre Multijet engine version on the economical cars list, and the 1.2-litre is our pick for young drivers. The latter of these makes an even more compelling case for itself with this deal we found, which allows you to save more than £3000 off a brand new car, without haggling.
We found several broker sites offering discounts on the Panda, but the biggest outright saving came thanks to Orangewheels.co.uk.
The car: Fiat Panda 1.2 Pop
The saving: £3022 (with finance, £1622 without)
The discounted price: £6073
Available from: Orangewheels.co.uk
The Panda is a quirky alternative to more rounded rivals such as the Seat Mii, Skoda Citigo and VW Up. While we would recommend all three of these cars ahead of the Panda, we are not immune to the Fiat’s charms.
The cabin, for instance, is funky, and airy, and stands out for the clever positioning of all the main controls, which are all within easy reach. The raised driving position also offers a good view of the road.
The 1.2-litre engine is reasonably economical and will be gutsy enough for most buyers in most situations. Of all the engines available with the Panda, this is our pick, chiefly because it offers peppy performance around town.
Pop trim keeps purchase prices low, but isn’t awash with kit – you get a CD player and electric front windows, but that’s about it for added polish. Still, at this end of the market and for this price, it’s competitive with much of the opposition.
While the cabin has its merits, the raised driving position isn’t to all tastes and seat-height adjustment is only an option at this price point. Legroom is also a little tight in the back, switching from four to five seats is a cost option, and split rear-seatbacks will also attract a premium.
The engine can struggle a wee bit on the motorway, and makes itself heard when revved. The light, city-friendly steering is user-friendly but short on involvement, and the car’s height doesn’t lend itself to spirited driving.
Pop trim does miss out on essential kit like remote locking and air-con – in an ideal world, we’d steer you towards the Easy trim level.
Anything else I should know?
To get the full discount, you need to take out a PCP deal with Fiat. This PCP deal can be anything up to 48 months long, and has a 5.4% APR interest rate.
As Fiat is offering £1400 deposit contribution, it is essentially a deposit-free purchase. Over a three year period, and with Fiat stumping up all of the deposit, it works out at £110 a month.
If you want to pay cash, then this £1400 Fiat discount doesn't apply, and the saving goes down to £1622.
Head to orangewheels.co.uk and choose 'Fiat' and 'Panda' from the drop-down menus.