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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 Eleganza 5dr

    Steven Winterbottom , Surrey . Date: 26/01/2006
    • 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

    My car

    Having owned Fiats in the past I was aprehensive about buying another. However, from the first drive I was hooked!

    I love the look of the thing and it makes me smile everytime I drive it. The fact that I leave my new company A4 parked up at the weekend is the best endorsement I can think of!

    The best small car by miles!

  • 1.3 MultiJet Dynamic 5dr

    leonard taylor , kent . Date: 06/01/2006
    • 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

    My car

    A great small car which captures the spirit of Fiats of old, but better built. Handling is safe, even if it does roll a little on bends. Mine is used mainly as second car; I've clocked up 4000 miles in three months, with a fuel economy of up to 59mpg overall, so no problems there.

    This car is fun with a capital 'F'. Gear change is smooth and precise, and the ride is smooth but soft - after driving Audi Quattros, it's a big change!

    I would recommend it as the perfect town car, but it's better even than that. Hopefully Fiat can and will keep up the success of late.

  • 1.2 Dynamic AirCon 5dr

    anthony boon , somerset . Date: 23/12/2005
    • 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

    My car

    I have just purchased this car, which is an automatic. It is so smooth and the fact that there is no road noise is so welcome. I am rather confused with the dashboard screen, though, which tells you why it won't start without putting your foot on the footbrake first. Being an elderly driver, I find it a little hard to get used to.

    Other than this, it is really nice. This is my first day of driving the Panda. I love it to bits.

  • 1.2 Dynamic AirCon 5dr

    SIMON PICKERING Date: 09/12/2005
    • 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

    My car

    Fantastic car. I previously owned a 2001 Punto and this is so much better to drive.

    Same 1.2 engine that is adequate for the size of car. Very precise gearchange, supple ride far better than the harsh Punto.

    Handling is a bit 'rolly-polly' but that translates to comfort around town. The steering is very direct and encourages you to husstle the car around traffic jams.

    Very neat design in five door form allows easy access to the back seats compared to three door superminis. The doors close with a real 'thunk' like an Audi or similar, feels very solid.

    Nice range of colours including pastels that suit the fun image. If you only drive alone and rarely carry more than one passenger then it makes sense.

    Great fun image helps and gives it a personality. If you have the money then consider the diesel as that is the pick of the range but the 1.2 is no disgrace. Highly recommended.

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