Fiat Panda review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

Fiat Panda 2022 interior infotainment
  • Fiat Panda 2022 front cornering
  • Fiat Panda 2022 rear left tracking
  • Fiat Panda 2022 interior dashboard
  • Fiat Panda 2022 interior front seats
  • Fiat Panda 2022 interior infotainment
  • Fiat Panda 2022 front right tracking
  • Fiat Panda 2022 right tracking
  • Fiat Panda 2022 front right static
  • Fiat Panda 2022 rear left static
  • Fiat Panda 2022 front static
  • Fiat Panda 2022 wheel detail
  • Fiat Panda 2022 badge detail
  • Fiat Panda 2022 interior driver display
  • Fiat Panda 2022 interior detail
  • Fiat Panda 2022 front cornering
  • Fiat Panda 2022 rear left tracking
  • Fiat Panda 2022 interior dashboard
  • Fiat Panda 2022 interior front seats
  • Fiat Panda 2022 interior infotainment
  • Fiat Panda 2022 front right tracking
  • Fiat Panda 2022 right tracking
  • Fiat Panda 2022 front right static
  • Fiat Panda 2022 rear left static
  • Fiat Panda 2022 front static
  • Fiat Panda 2022 wheel detail
  • Fiat Panda 2022 badge detail
  • Fiat Panda 2022 interior driver display
  • Fiat Panda 2022 interior detail
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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.

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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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Fiat Panda 2022 interior infotainment

Overview

People talk about things like “charm” and “character” when discussing the Fiat Panda, but the cold, hard facts that we measure cars by prove it to be a poor choice. It's very disappointing to drive and isn’t very practical, but by far the worst thing about it is its abysmal Euro NCAP safety rating. There are, quite simply, far better cars to choose from.

  • Individual looks
  • Decent head room
  • Good rear visibility
  • Abysmal Euro NCAP crash test result
  • Poor rear leg room
  • Slow and poor to drive
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