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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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69 reader reviews for Fiat Panda Hatchback.
  • 1.2 Eleganza 5dr

    James Crowther Date: 20/01/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car really is an amazing piece of engineering.I'm well over 6 foot and find no problem at all with space in any way front or rear, and it really feels like driving a car from the class above. It does lean a little but its going to. Its tall and narrow bit the 14inchers on each corner make sure the grip is there, believe me! Kit is ace for a car you can find new for under 7 grand online. I found the 1.2 perfectly adequate on motorway trips and a boon in york city centre. It does 40-60 mpg which realistically for even a small petrol is very good. As you can probably tell i love the car,just dont be tempted by the Aygo,C2,Ka etc.the sizes are similar but the capabilities and comford levels are very different.

  • 1.2 Dynamic AirCon 5dr

    Peter Ferguson , UK . Date: 24/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I loved the Panda from the first time I saw it. Came out of a company Audi A4!

    The interior quality was ok for a budget vehicle and there was lots of kit. It was a little bit troublesome in the first 6 months - new power steering had to be fitted and the electric boot release failed.

    However, I would never buy a Fiat again. The dealer service was appalling. They were rude and unhelpful and even threatened me on occasion. Whilst I can't name them, if you live in Cornwall go to Vospers instead. Lots nicer.

  • 1.3 MultiJet Dynamic 5dr

    paul johnson , west riding of yorkshire . Date: 13/10/2007
    • 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

    just test drove the multijet panda,excellent, i have ordered the multijet with aircon/driver lamps/roof rails. expect delivery end oct, will let you know how it goes. I am looking forward to driving it, just had my punto mk3 multijet written off, and the 1.3 diesel engine is a gem.

  • 1.2 Eleganza 5dr

    Darren Stocking , Hertfordshire . Date: 12/10/2007
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I brought my Panda after my partner invested in one and thought it would be a good cheap car to use for work. The 1.2 Engine is lively enough to ease me through the traffic and should give you confidence when needed to over take.

    I average 52.2 miles per gallon, this is mostly motorway driving, rather than the stop start of a busy town, with the typical tank providing me with 380 miles.

    In August I had my major service which saw a replacement throttle body, water pump, cam belt, and brakes, and came to a hefty fee of £1200!

    My Panda has remained problem-free up to the point of the service, and now I just find it seems more sluggish than I remembered. But as a 1.2 that is expected especially with so many miles.

    As with most cars, the wear and tear seems to have settled in, noise seems to be more apparent, with me now having to up the volume on the radio more frequently and the front headrests become increasingly unclipped which is a niggle.

    One final point - and this is my only real negative - is that the plastic for the trim is rather cheap and marks easy. Over time it could be quite possible to have a tatty number on your hands so take care of that interior!

    I do feel Fiat overcharge on the servicing, but I've enjoyed driving my Panda, sometimes breaking out into a wide smile as I've sped down country lanes with the panaromic roof open and music pouring out... yes, that was me.

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