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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

    Bernard Horrocks Date: 30/12/2004
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The Panda gets a 5 Star rating because the overall ownership experience is greater than the sum of its parts!

    Compared to older Fiats - whose engines have always been strong but whose overall build quality often was not - the Panda is extremely well made. It feels like it's been thoroughly tried and tested from top to bottom.

    I'm not normally a fan of electronic gizmos, but the Dynamic Sound's fabulously loud CD is amazing, the steering-wheel-mounted remote controls are great, the electric windows glide like a dream, and all other electronics - traditionally not a Fiat strength - seem indestructible.

    The dash-mounted gearlever falls easily to hand, and the car is a joy to drive both in the city - we live in Wapping - and on the motorway.

    Pandas are crying out to be named and loved: ours is called Louie and we already adore it.

    An unreserved recommendation!

  • 1.2 Dynamic 5dr

    Garry Cheeseman , Essex . Date: 05/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am at present in a battle with Fiat over the MPG I am getting, which is very poor. Urban 30 to 39 mpg, motorways 31 to 47 mpg. I had the car checked by the dealer and was told there is no fault, fiat say the same. Is this right? Please help!

  • 1.2 Eleganza 5dr

    tony brown , essex . Date: 15/11/2004
    • 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

    I have now owned my car for 20 months. It has to be about the best small car on the road. I wrote my first review in November 2004 and the car has never failed to amaze me with its ease of driving, ride and general comfort.

    I average 43-45mpg on super unleaded petrol. I would highly recommend any petrol owner to use a higher octane fuel, as it makes a big difference. Tesco sells 99 octane - I used it for the first time yesterday, and it's even better that Shell/Esso. Nothing rattles at all.

    What Fiat has to address is the clutch problem on Puntos and Pandas. Mine is just about to have its second clutch at 17,500 miles. Don't get me wrong, it really does not bother me, but right is right. I need a bigger car with an automatic gearbox, as I am fed up with traffic and need more space.

    I have test driven numerous cars costing up to £25,000 over the last five months, but when I have got back into my car and driven off, I always thought how good the Panda is in comparison to Audi/VW/BMW. Honestly, if the diesel came in automatic form, I would seriously consider it and sacrifice a bit of extra space.

  • 1.2 Dynamic SkyDome 5dr

    Jeannine Whiffen , . Date: 06/11/2004
    • 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 have owned my 1.2 Dynamic SkyDome for seven months and it is the best car I have ever had! It's great fun to drive, especially with the position of the gearstick slightly higher up.

    It's cheap to insure and running costs appear to be quite low. The "SkyDome" is brilliant - a whole roof of glass, or so it seems. I would thoroughly recommend this car to anyone. Brilliant.

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