What used Fiat Panda hatchback will I get for my budget?
You might find a Panda for around £2000, but it will be one with a high mileage or previous damage so 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. If you think in the region of £3000 you'll buy a 2013 or 2014 model, while upping the dosh to between £4000 and £5000 nets you a very clean 2015 or 2016 car, or maybe even a 2017 one if you’re prepared to buy privately or from a trader. Around £5000 to £8000 nets a 2018 one, and anything over that should get you a 2019 model.
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 under the older NEDC tests, 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 under the NEDC tests, 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.
The later mild-hybrid Panda Cross claims a WLTP figure of 49.6mpg, although given the verve with which you sometimes have to drive it to keep pace it's unlikely to come anywhere near this in real-world motoring.
Cars registered before April 2017 were charged annual car tax (VED) according to their CO2 emissions, while cars registered after that date are charged at a flat rate, currently £145 a year.
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.