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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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69 reader reviews for Fiat Panda Hatchback.
  • 1.2 Dynamic AirCon 5dr

    Domenic Azzopardi , Malta . Date: 28/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my second piece about the Panda, and I increased my scores about this fabulous car. It's one year old now and problem-free.

    Fuel economy isn't that good, but I cannot complain either. Road holding is a litttle bit wavey when pushed hard, but it absorbs bumps very well. It's the perfect town car!

  • 1.2 Dynamic AirCon 5dr

    Andrew Nixon , Northamptonshire . Date: 05/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I was looking for a cheap economical nearly new runabout and found what I wanted in this car. One of my brothers thought it looked like a mini-hearse as I went for a metallic black, one-year old model, and my Mum doesn't like the firm and slightly bumpy ride.

    At the end of the day, it's a (relatively) cheap buy with a lot going for it. However, on the minus side, I have had to have the heater and blower illumination lights replaced several times, and the car developed a water leak about three months after I got it, which took three goes to fix under warranty. This tarnished the joy a bit.

    I currently find that I need a new fuel tank as, to my amazement, I was told it 'was damaged by something flying up from underneath' when I took it in for what I thought would be a warranty job following a slight petrol smell. This is going to be expensive as the warranty doesn't cover that. The warranty did cover the headlamp problem though, (they switched off momentarily every now and then).

    Customer service at the Northampton dealer is hit and miss - it depends who you get on reception, but I do have a Grande Punto to swan about in while they wait for a fuel tank to arrive. I guess I have been unlucky.

    Overall, though, I do rate this car and it is great fun to drive. I love overtaking bigger cars and laughing to myself as they simply have to restablish their dominance of the road by trying to overtake you again!

    Ho-hum - big car, small willy syndrome, methinks!

  • 1.2 Dynamic 5dr

    Andrew Isitt Date: 25/04/2006
    • 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 previously reviewed this car in April 06. We still have the same car, a '54 reg 1.2 Dynamic, and it's still fantastic to own and drive. Mileage is now 12,000. My daughter learnt to drive in it, and now my two sons are doing the same. The car feels as solid as it did when we bought it, with no rattles. Only 1 repair to report, an electric window motor at £158 inc. fitting at Thames Fiat in Slough. Otherwise, only standard servicing required. I once averaged 100mpg on a short motorway trip, but generally the car will return 40+ mpg around town, and over 60mpg mixed. With petrol prices the way they are now I drive it all the time, while my Audi A4 gathers dust. Oh, and the smile factor is still there. This car makes you grin idiotically when you drive it. It's a great antidote to the horrors of modern motoring.

  • 1.2 Dynamic Sound 5dr

    Francis Reynolds Date: 27/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It's a fantastic car!

    First, the car made a good impression with an upmarket 'sword' key and a snazzy exterior. Once inside i was pleasantly surprised with fantastically comfortable yellow seats, a great dashboard layout incorporating the gear stick on the dashboard and steering wheel mounted audio controls for the superb MP3 compliant Blaupunkt stereo - even if it has subsequently developed an unhealthy curiosity for The Beatles!

    Second, the drive is very pleasant. The ride is supple and the acceleration swift. However i don't like the 'city' mode for the steering - it just feels too isolated, remote and rather pointless when the steering is light enough for urban driving anyway, perhaps a better synthesis would have been to have a button which increased the weight for motorway driving.

    Third, running costs are fine with cheap insurance and a frugal engine which has never returned less than 45mpg on a trip with efficiency increasing to about 56mpg on the motorway. One point however is the fuel cap which i find is unnecessarily awkward - a strange system which requires a complex locking procedure with the key rather than a simple screw on cap which clicks to lock. Also before committing to one ensure that you are comfortable with the relatively narrow foot well and close pedals.

    To conclude, the Panda is great with a sparkling personality that really makes it pleasurable to use. A real gem.

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