Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Fiat Panda used to be a dirt cheap runaround, and while it's still one of the cheaper new cars you can buy, it isn't the bargain you might expect. The starting price is way above the Dacia Sandero, Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto for example, and roughly on a par with the much larger Dacia Duster.
If you're hell-bent on buying a Panda, do check out our New Car Deals pages, where you'll usually find healthy discounts.
Reliability isn't its saviour, either. As a brand, Fiat as a brand finished rock bottom in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey – way below Dacia, Hyundai and Kia. Like all Fiats the Panda comes with a two-year manufacturer warranty and a further one-year dealer warranty.
Whichever trim you buy, it won't be gushing with gadgets. If you must buy a Panda, keep it cheap and go for the entry-level City Life, which has electric front windows and air-conditioning as standard, but not a lot else. Don't bother with the pricier trims. In fact, you'd spend your money more wisely on a Hyundai i10.
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