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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.
  • 1.2 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.

  • 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.

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