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The car: Fiat Panda 1.2 Pop
The saving: £1950
The discounted price: £6995
Available from: Perrys.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?
This deal is on offer from Perrys, a dealer chain with outlets around the country. It is the largest discount we’ve found on this car, but don’t despair if you aren’t located near a Perrys, because there are ample vendors offering discounts close to this saving.
Most should be persuadable to match the offer on presentation of the evidence that you could simply shop elsewhere if they don’t.