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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 Eleganza 5dr

    reg johnstone , dumfeseshire . Date: 10/05/2005
    • 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 find this car very pleasing to drive and own. It is very quiet and smooth also appears to be well put together. There are no rattles, electrical problems or any thing else so far, unlike the last two new Minis I owned.

  • 1.2 Eleganza 5dr

    Mark Godson , Essex . Date: 20/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    My wife has owned one from new for a year now - a 1.2 Eleganza, with optional fifth seatbelt and thus a bench rear seat. We use it for mainly town work, but have taken it out on 10-plus mile day trips.

    Compared with our old Cinquento Sporting, it is a revelation. Five doors make it very useful; it is spacious, rattle-free to date and very well equipped (we like the extra power steering for parking!)

    The boot is big enough for a week's shopping, and there's plenty of space and headroom for four adults. Fuel consumption was not marvellous, but now it has loosened up we can get 50mpg on a long rip. The only drawbacks are that fuel tank is small, and the car runs out of oomph at 60mph if you ned to accelerate up a motorway incline.

    Overall, though, we are very pleased and may get a top-spec diesel one next time.

  • 1.2 Eleganza 5dr

    Nigel Smith , Kent . Date: 04/04/2005
    • 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

    My car

    Fabulous! The engine is a gem and does not reflect the on-paper figures at all, feeling much perkier and flexible that the modest 60bhp suggests.

    It has nice light controls and a superb gearshift from centre-mounted stick. Styling cues are a nice compromise between form and function and standard specification includes all the toys without needing the expensive options list.

    It has a wonderfully supple ride and the Tardis-like cabin would shame many larger cars of twice the price (just don't expect a Focus-sized boot).

    "Fun" is a good summary of this car, but not at the expense of day-to-day praticality.

  • 1.2 Eleganza 5dr

    barry gilleland , hampshire . Date: 22/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A super little Fiat, at home in town and on the open road. Quality is far better than previous Fiats and the drive, ride quality and handling are amazingly good. Suspension is a little under damped on very bumpy roads though and as usual the dreadful dealers let the aftersales side down. We took ours on a 3000 mile trip to Poland and back, very comfy and 100mph plus on the autobahns!

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