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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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70 reader reviews for Fiat Panda Hatchback.
  • 1.1 Active 5dr

    Elizabeth Kenney Date: 08/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Ibought mine for under £5000 brand new in August, love the car but have had a few problems. It's been back with the dealer a few times, and going back toady again. It's great to drive, cheap to run and brilliant for parking. Plenty of space inside and good boot space. Can be sluggish on hills but not a problem. I had to a utility socket and remote locking fitted when I bought it, that blew the electrics and caused a few other faults, not sure Fiat mechanic really knows the car? Now having a problem with water building up all around the four doors and pooling in the door wells. Looks as thought the seal doesn't quite fit. The amount of water settling there will cause major problems in a freeze, the doors won't open! and am worried about rust. Having been on the motorway in wet weather the muddy water got in and half way up the the door frame, definitely not normal. Not sure if that's common to the make or if I got a lemon. Problems aside I do love the car and if I can get the niggles sorted I would buy another. Can't beat it for value

  • 1.1 Active 5dr

    James Lawler , Cork . Date: 22/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    Great little car. Roomy and very refined. It struggles a little on hills, but to be expected for a 1.1 litre. Economical and cheap to run. My only gripe is the angle/position of the accelerator which leads to calf cramp over a long journey.

    If Fiat can make small cars like this what do they make such a hash of bigger ones??

  • 1.1 Active 5dr

    Greg Smith , Surrey . Date: 16/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    The Panda is a fantastic car - especially considering the price tag! I bought this for £5000 - which proves that if you shop around, you can get a good deal. It is the best car I have ever had - its nippy, well-built, cheap to run (and insure) and looks good inside and out. The interior layout is good - especially the seating position and the dashboard. Standard equipment is good for an entry level model, - Aircon is lacking, but you can upgrade to the Dynamic Aircon.

    The drive is superb, great steering, easy gearshift and superb position. Fuel economy is good, and although rivals such as the Toyota Aygo achieve more, they don't compare to the Panda for space, ride and handling.

  • 1.1 Active 5dr

    k donnelly Date: 15/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    i bought a 2004 fiat panda active second hand 6 months ago, and it did need cleaning as the previous owner did not keep it clean, it was instantly superior to my old diesel peugeot 106. the panda had power steering and in city mode it can be parked with one finger. the gearstick is mounted high on the dash and so is easier to reach. when driving the 1.1L engine never seems tired and fuel economy is great for a petrol. the suspension removes bumps as it has been well used on a farm. the interior design is much better than any other car, its not bland like some. the reliability of the car is great its a very strong car and does not feel flimsy. it feels like a vw.

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