What alternatives should I consider to a used Fiat Panda hatchback?
In some ways, the Panda’s biggest problem is not the car itself, which is reasonably perky and full of charm, but how good its closest rivals now are.
The Hyundai i10 is refined and its interior is surprisingly roomy. The 1.2 engine is gutsy enough for motorway use, it’s economical and it can easily deal with rutted road surfaces and roundabouts. In top-spec trim, it’s well equipped, too, with sat-nav, DAB and Apple CarPlay, as well as a 7.0in touchscreen. It’s one of our favourite city cars.
The Volkswagen Up is also one of our favourites. It’s economical, handles well, is comfortable to be in and is smarter inside than most cars in this class. In addition, it’s worth checking out its siblings, the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo – both good-looking and characterful cars that make excellent sense on the used car market.