What's the used Fiat Panda hatchback like?
Viewed through the wide-angled lens of a historian, you might be tempted to say that no one makes small cars like Fiat. The Italian firm has been responsible for some of the most iconic urban runabouts over the past 60 years or so.
All of these diminutive tots displayed great flair on the surface and intelligent engineering underneath – enough to make them appeal to whole generations in their home country as the go-to cars of the people. The original Panda, one of those highly successful small cars, was a practical masterpiece. The second won the coveted European Car of the Year Award. This third-gen model is more efficient, more comfortable, more advanced in technology and much safer.
Now, there are plenty of these Pandas on the used market and they make very attractive purchases for those looking for economical urban motoring mixed in with a little Italian style and a healthy wedge of practicality.
There’s a choice of four engines, either petrol and diesel, and you can even have four-wheel drive and an SUV-like raised ride height if you want. It’s good-looking, cheap to run and full of charm. It’s not as much fun to drive as it once was, perhaps, and other more sophisticated rivals have come along and trumped it for agility and refinement. But if you’re after a cheap city runabout that can do some of the things that larger cars can at a cost they cannot match, a used Panda still has a lot going for it.