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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.
  • 1.3 MultiJet Dynamic 5dr

    Luca Losi Date: 16/01/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    I was finding driving around London in a large saloon a pain so was tempted to get a small car as my next company car. My initial choice was the Fiat 500 but I opted for a Panda in the end due to it having 4 doors & being more practical. In June 2008 I collected my fully equiped, brand new 1.3 Multijet & have since done 6000 miles. Quite simply for what it cost & for what it is, the car is brilliant! I was initially concerned that driving around town I was only averaging 250 miles on a full tank of diesel but after a few weeks, this increased to 300 miles + and now I'm getting about 400 miles of urban driving from £30 of diesel! The engine has become more quiet & refined & the car is nippy & a joy to drive. On my odd journies up the A1 & around the M25, the car sits with languid ease @ 70+ MPH. For such a small car, it is surprisingly roomy both @ the front & the back yet you can park it in almost any tight space. I cannot praise this little car enough and cannot comprehend how SMART car drivers could prefer those rollerskate type vehicles to a Panda!

  • 1.2 Eleganza 5dr

    peter williams Date: 08/11/2008
    • 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

    After reading numerous reviews I bought this 35K 04 Eleganza a few weeks ago having run a Ford Ka for about 6 months.

    Fiat dealers seem to come in for quite a lot of stick but I thought Pewsham Motors Chippenham where I bought mine were great - friendly, efficient and reasonable, they did everything they said they would with no fuss.

    To me the difference between the Ka and the Panda is enormous, It's as if the Ford comes from a bygone era (which to be fair it does) whereas the Panda seems a thoroughly modern car - a real pleasure to drive. Equipment on the Eleganza is first rate, although it's a pity the parcel shelf doesn't lift with the tailgate.

    Although it never let me down the Ka had numerous niggling faults but so far I can't think of anything I don't like about the Panda, apart from that shelf!

    With 35k on the clock reliability may be a problem.... I'll let you know!

  • 1.1 Active 5dr

    Elizabeth Kenney Date: 08/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    Ibought mine for under £5000 brand new in August, love the car but have had a few problems. It's been back with the dealer a few times, and going back toady again. It's great to drive, cheap to run and brilliant for parking. Plenty of space inside and good boot space. Can be sluggish on hills but not a problem. I had to a utility socket and remote locking fitted when I bought it, that blew the electrics and caused a few other faults, not sure Fiat mechanic really knows the car? Now having a problem with water building up all around the four doors and pooling in the door wells. Looks as thought the seal doesn't quite fit. The amount of water settling there will cause major problems in a freeze, the doors won't open! and am worried about rust. Having been on the motorway in wet weather the muddy water got in and half way up the the door frame, definitely not normal. Not sure if that's common to the make or if I got a lemon. Problems aside I do love the car and if I can get the niggles sorted I would buy another. Can't beat it for value

  • 1.2 360 5dr

    Spencer West Date: 28/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    Owned this car from new for a year and covered 5000 miles, not a single problem from day one. A steady 47mpg on the run to work (a mix of A and B roads, mainly 30mph). A very pratical car with loads of space inside and it fits in the smallest of parking spaces. The 360 has an average bluetooth system, air con, 14 inch alloys and split folding rear seats which adds praticality and makes a great bargain second hand as well. The only gripe is the body roll which is noticeable around corners over 30mph and the leg space for passengers is a little restrictive sideways, also make sure you get air con as our Panda mists up easily inside. Seriously though these are the only three downsides to the car. The engine growls when reved and really works hard for you, it matches the cars image perfectly. The wheels and stock tyres give good grip, only ice can stop them! Thinking of buying another one in the future as it's a very reliable car.

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