For The Fiat Panda is an endearing and funky-looking little car that won’t cost you much to run. It’s the only city car that offers a 4x4 model, too.
Against Ultimately, its small size counts against it, because it’s short of rear legroom. It’s also pricey to buy and basic versions don’t have much equipment.
What Car? says
The Fiat Panda is a desirable and cheap-to-run city car, but unfortunately for Fiat, rivals from Seat, Skoda and VW are far better.
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There are 12 Fiat Panda versions available
Target Price team says:
There’s a range of engines available in the Fiat Panda, but our favourite is the 1.2-litre petrol. It’s peppy and really suits the car, especially around town.
While the 1.3-litre diesel gives better performance and is both more flexible and more economical, it’s too expensive to recommend. It’s the same story with the unrefined Twinair petrol engine.
If you do want to buy a Panda, it’s worth checking out the ‘Latest Offers’ section on Fiat’s website, where you can find details of special-edition models and money-off offers. Even when there is an offer, you may be able to haggle more off if you visit a dealer in person.
Although they’re niche, the 4x4 and Trekking models provide genuine off-road ability – especially the 4x4. However, they’re the most expensive cars in the range, and fuel economy suffers as a result of the off-road modifications.
Reader test team says:
I have owned the car, diesel version, for 5 months and am delighted with it. I previously owned a Fiat Panda diesel and the new one is far more…
I am now into my 3rd month with my Panda, from new, and am absolutely delighted with the comfort, running costs, and general look of the car. I traded…
I have owned my Fiat Panda 1.2 POP for four months, I use it to get me to work which involves 25 miles of motorway driving every day. The Panda takes…
The new twin air 4x4 is a bit quirky to drive until you get used to it ,On the road and off road it soaks up bumps with ease a little body roll on …