What Car? says...
Small, boxy, bite-size SUV-style cars seem to have a natural ability to generate a cult following. The Fiat Panda is a prime example. Its no-nonsense, family-friendly design has struck a chord with enthusiasts and buyers, and it remains a common site in plenty of bustling European cities.
However, just like is the case with the Suzuki Jimny, the draw of these cars is often down to their subjective, emotional appeal. On an objective level – where What Car? proudly does its business – these cars are often found to be flawed.
And now the Panda is a very old car, but one that’s still in touch with the demands of the day; the latest versions are powered by a mild-hybrid engine with a view to reducing emissions while increasing performance and fuel economy.
Does it still have what it takes to win the affections of a demanding public? Well, the competition is strong. Along with the flawed but popular Jimny, its rivals include more conventional city cars such as the Volkswagen Up, Kia Picanto, and the closely-related Fiat 500.
How does it stack up? And what version should you get if you want to buy one? Read on to find out. And, whichever city car you feel best suits your needs, head to our New Car Buying pages for a great, easy deal.