Fiat Panda

Fiat Panda review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£10,080
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£8,005
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Costs & 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.

In 2019 EuroNCAP retested the Panda and it didn't do very well. In fact, it got no stars, so in actual fact it couldn't do any worse at protecting you or your passengers in a crash as far as NCAP is concerned. 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.

Fiat Panda
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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

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