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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 4x4 5dr

    Stephanie Kiel , Highland . Date: 14/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought a new PANDA 4x4 in January 2006 . It did do ok off road but on road it was very sluggish; the 4x4 is seriously under-powered. It was rarely better than 30 mpg! The boot lock broke within 4 month and was replaced under warranty. The brakes started squealing in spring 2007 and I brought it in to get it checked. Was charged £60 but nothing was found. In September 2006, I discovered to my horror that the front tyres had worn down completely on the inside - new front tyres needed. Later found out that Pandas leave the factory frequently with wrongly aligned front wheels so that they wear too fast in the inside which results in you having to replace them. With the 2nd year service another £300. Oh, brakes were still screeching. In spring 2008 I had a puncture and 2 independent garages told me that the brakes were completely worn down and pads and discs would need replacing. The boot lock was broken again too after not even 2 years. The garage replaced it without advising me and then didn't cover it under warranty (even though the very part was not even 2 years old). Another £420. I bought a new car to not pay bill after bill but that clearly didn't work at all. I am not happy dealer, their service $ work is poor. Fiat UK did not consider the broken boot lock to be a warranty issue. Customer Care? Deeply disappointed by Fiat, the dealer and the car. I just sold it and have gone back to Japanese cars.

  • 1.4 100HP 5dr

    Max Payton , East Sussex . Date: 29/03/2008
    • 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

    I have owned my 100hp for a month now, having bought it for an incredible brand new price of £7800 on the road in metallic grey. I find the car is sporty, easy to drive and comfortable. It is able to take my 6'4" frame. The standard fit climate control, automatic wipers front and rear, bluetooth and sport button are excellent. I love driving it, the cornering is amazing. The only down side to this sporty nature is that the ride can be a bit hard and bouncy on bad roads but it is worth this for the handling. The engine is strong and puts out a great sound when accelerating, the gearbox is smooth and slick. Despite all this it is returning 40mpg. For the price of an ordinary supermini I have car that is a joy to own and cheap to run. Recommended.

  • 1.4 100HP 5dr

    Jamal Thornton , Hampshire . Date: 02/03/2008
    • Overall 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

    My car

    This car looks the part for the money and is well equipped!

    On reviewing this car against rivals, it has a lot more to give with no chugging cold engine drive, it just goes from start up!

    spacious and well equipped with standard equipment as an option on rivals, Climate control, bluetooth, tinted windows etc...

    i love the way this car runs on the road, fun, sporty and cheap!!!!

    the o-60 i had in 9 seconds and it will pull alot quicker than a 1.4 Corsa SRi or a C2 VTS citoren and is cheaper than these rival cars too. Interior does look a little cheap but with climate control as standard you cant grumble!

    You can get four reasonable sized adults in this car and great for the occasional motorway blast and whip around town turning heads as you go.

    well built and practical for a couple looking for a cheap car to run with insurance cheap too as well as service intervals every 18,000 miles. with your thinking trousers on you will go for the Panda 100HP rather than the rival tiny Twingo GT 1.2 Turbo 100hp or the C2 VTS!

    Prices start @ £10060 but there are many great deals on pre-reg ones and new ones from car supermarkets so check the market on the net before going to the local fiat dealer!

    Overall a well built powerful hot hatch from fiat... Better than Rivals.

  • 1.1 Active 5dr

    John WEbster , Nottinghamshire . Date: 24/02/2008
    • Overall 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

    My car

    I owned this car in 2005; I bought it nearly new as it had been a demonstrator. There is no doubt that it deserved the accolad of Car of the year 2004. It was roomy and nice to drive. The dashboard layout is second to none in its category. I thought the ride was comfortable, certainly better than others in its class and equal to at least the next class - certainly an improvement on the Fiesta. The only downsides were the fuel consumption - I expected at least 50 mpg and I consistently achieved 45 - 47 mpg, the 1100 cc engine strained a little on the motorway hills and became a little raucous. In other words it seemed a tad underpowered on significant journeys. However it was great in towns and you could zip around corners and it stuck like glew. I never noticed any significant lean at all. I sold it because some no-brain kids collided into with a load of shopping trollets and caused significant damage on one side. However on March 2nd 2008 I will take delivery of the diesel multijet with A/C of this cheeky little car - in mambo yellow!

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