What used Fiat Panda hatchback will I get for my budget?
You might find a high-mileage Panda for less than £3000, but it’s wiser to spend slightly more and secure one with an average mileage for the year, with a full service history and bought preferably from an independent dealer. £3500 buys you a 2013 model, while upping the dosh to between £4000 and £5000 nets you a very clean 2014 car, or maybe even a 2015 one if you’re prepared to buy privately or from a trader.
How much does it cost to run a Fiat Panda hatchback?
On paper, the most economical Panda is the 0.9-litre Twinair two-cylinder petrol engine, with an average claimed fuel consumption of 67.3mpg in some trims. In real-world motoring, you’ll struggle to achieve anything like that, because the engine needs to be pushed quite hard to keep up with traffic. However, it has a character and charm that's all its own.
The regular 1.2-litre petrol returns a claimed average 55.4mpg, making it the default choice for most people. The 1.3-litre Multijet diesel unit claims 64.2mpg in certain versions, although we feel the lumpy nature of this engine rather goes against the suave nature the Panda displays in all other areas.
Insurance groups are suitably low, ranging from 3 to 10 in the top-spec, raised-up, pseudo-SUV Cross versions, and annual VED road tax is low across the range, thanks to those reasonable on-paper economy figures.
Servicing is cheap, too, either at a Fiat dealer or at an independent firm. Parts for Pandas are plentiful.