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Fiat Panda review

Manufacturer price from:£9,600
What Car? Target Price:£7,585
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Fiat Panda
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18 Dec 2015 11:46 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 12:56

In this review

Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Prices aren’t particularly competitive compared with those of the Panda’s most obvious rivals, but you’ll almost certainly be able to haggle a big chunk off.

Fuel economy and CO2 emissions also aren’t great by city car standards, especially on the four-wheel-drive versions, although low insurance groupings and respectable resale values mean the Panda should still be cheap to run.

The Panda achieved a good four-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests but you have to pay extra for side airbags. You even need to pay to get rear head restraints on Pop-trimmed cars, but every version does at least come with stability control and tyre-pressure monitoring. Security experts Thatcham awarded the Panda just two out of five for its resistance to theft, and one out of five for its resistance to being broken into.

Unfortunately the Panda was rated below average for reliability in our latest customer satisfaction survey, too. Consequently those looking for a secure, reliable option should probably look elsewhere.

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Verdict

Has plenty of charm, but should be cheaper or better equipped

  • Endearing character
  • Funky looks
  • Low running costs
  • Option of four-wheel drive
  • Limited rear leg room
  • Not much safety kit
  • Some overly expensive models
  • Low kit levels on basic versions
There are 8 trims available for the Panda hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Waze
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Fuel Petrol
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£11,189
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City Cross
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Fuel Petrol
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£12,104
Average Saving £1,036
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4x4
Four-wheel-drive versions are based on the Lounge model. Upgrades include a more rugged-looking exterior, a skid plate, an electronic locking differential, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and wheel-...View trim
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£13,528
Average Saving £1,172
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Cross 4x4
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£14,992
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Cross 4x4
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Fuel Diesel
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£16,825
Average Saving £1,475
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Pop
You don’t get much kit in the entry-level Pop trim. It comes with steel wheels, a trip computer, electric front windows, a basic stereo, central locking and a height-adjustable driver’s seat and st...View trim
Fuel Petrol
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£7,585
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Easy
This is the trim level we’d aim for. It adds air-con, which is a major plus, as well as remote central locking, an upgraded stereo and roof rails. These all make the Panda much easier to live with...View trim
Fuel Petrol
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£9,150
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Lounge
It’s a bit of a price hike for a Lounge version, and you don’t really get much of additional note, outside of electric heated door mirrors. It constitutes mostly cosmetic changes, including alloy w...View trim
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£9,850
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