Used Fiat Panda 2004 - 2012 review

Category: Small car

Section: What is it like?

2004 - 2012 review
Fiat Panda (04 - 12)
  • Fiat Panda (04 - 12)
  • Fiat Panda (04 - 12)
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What's the used Fiat Panda hatchback like?

As an all-rounder in the miniature car market, few city cars impress in as many areas as the Fiat Panda.

Dynamically, first of all, the Panda is terrific. A range of three small engines give spirited performance, and handling is good for the most part, even though the car sometimes struggles to find enough front-end grip. The steering is responsive and well weighted, too.

The ride is great, and it deals capably with most surfaces. Refinement is also excellent, putting many bigger cars to shame. Wind-, road- and engine noise are extremely well contained, especially for a city car.

The interior space is just as impressive. Even the base models that don't have a sliding rear seat offer excellent accommodation for four six-footers, while the higher-specification models that do are even more commodious. The boot is also a good size.