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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 ECO 5dr

    Jordan Swaine , . Date: 22/04/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      56.5

    My car

    Very good first car. Nice ride, good looking interior and adequate space. Good to drive, easy and responsive. Overall low running costs. Would definitely recommend.

  • 1.2 Dynamic 5dr

    Warren Home , Cheshire . Date: 01/02/2014
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    The engine is superb, with Fiat seeming to adopt the ‘why mend it if it isn’t broken’ theory, as this unit is actually a re-vamp of the same 750cc, 1.0 and 1.1 litre 8v engines that Fiat used in the old Uno’s and original Panda’s. The current Fiat 1.2 engine & gearbox are now widely used in the Fiat 500, the Chrysler Ypsilon and the new Ford Ka. This engine and gearbox are time proven and a well serviced Panda is unlikely to ever let you down. It has an 8v unit which has the Fiat FIRE engine (Fully Integrated Robotised Engine), which has 30% fewer moving parts and is probably the reason why it is so reliable. It’s quick too, much quicker than any of the 16v competition like the Clio’s, Corsa’s or Fiesta’s, even leaving many bigger cars surprised at the lights and I have never got below 40mpg urban, no matter how I drive, a fuel consumption figure that can’t be applied to any of the aforementioned and in summer, I have found 50mpg urban is achievable if the fuel computer is adhered to. The Panda’s only have one body shape, all of which are 5-door, so they are very versatile, but there are only 4 seats and the boot is quite small, but as a small, economical town car, it is as spacious as it needs to be. It drives like a go-cart in the dry and has impeccable road manners, but it needs careful acceleration in first gear and nursing around corners in the wet, due to the grossly inadequate 155/13 tyres that are standard on Active and Dynamic models, but you do get used to this.

  • 1.2 Dynamic 5dr

    Alex French , NORTHANTS . Date: 15/02/2009
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Ive had this car for one year now and so far has exeeded my expectations. The car is great at overtaking lorries on the motorway and handles very well. There is a slight body roll while using roundabouts but isnt too bad. The fuel usage is very minor going 2 weeks on £10 of fuel if i am using to go to work, and if i use the motorway £10 of petrol will last a week and a half. This car does have a stigma attached to it though i.e. its a fiat, if anyone says what car are you driving i say a fiat panda and they say things like oh see it got you here without braking down or how did it get through the snow its a fiat, someone even said that bits would start falling off it because its a fiat, so i can honestly say fiat have a very bad repuation, and after 1 year the car has NOT broken down and HASNT had bits falling off it. As for the interior it does have a very plastic feel to it and the stereo could be better the seats however are very comfortable but the gear stick can leave you cramped because its high in the middle of the dash board leaving me less legroom than a ford fiesta (which i took my test in). There is some decent stowage in the side of the doors a glove box (which the sciento didnt have) and a temperature guage amongst the speedometer which some supermini's dont have. T

  • 1.2 Dynamic 5dr

    Geri Hayes Date: 05/02/2009
    • Overall 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I donwsized from a bigger estate car so bought 26k 06 Dynamic 2 weeks ago. The power steering packed up after 1 day. Thank god warranty covered £450+ repair.

    Have had back for a week and so far it is very nippy, easy and fun to drive. The 'City' parking option seems to be unnecessary, the steering is really light already and a doddle to park. It's good on the motorway, easily reaches 70+mph and is much quieter than expected. The ride is very firm! Watch out for 'potholes'.

    It's too early to comment on fuel consumption. It is showing 38mpg on trip readout and is rising every day. The gear change is smooth, slips from 2nd to 4th really well which saves even more fuel.

    If buying a used car check that the fuel cap is lockable. It will set you back nearly £20. With fuel costs as they are and the ease with which fuel can be stolen it is a shame Fiat feel they have to squeeze more money out of you for something that costs them very little. Also, a boot light wouldn't bankrupt them either!

    Overall, so far I am happy with the car.

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