Which used Fiat Panda hatchback should I buy?
The 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol is one of the Panda’s better engines. It’s not particularly powerful but it copes just fine with around-town work and feels comparatively willing. It’s smooth, too, and should prove efficient enough for most. The two-cylinder 0.9-litre Twinair turbocharged petrol offers up more mid-range punch than the 1.2-litre and knocks a substantial amount off the car’s 0-60mph time. It’s claimed to be more efficient, too, and emits less CO2, but it’s very unrefined. The four-cylinder 1.3-litre Multijet diesel is the best choice if you regularly entertain motorway trips, because its strong mid-range pull makes it more relaxed when cruising.
You don’t get much kit in the entry-level Pop trim. It comes with steel wheels, a trip computer, electric front windows, a basic stereo, central locking and a height-adjustable driver’s seat and steering column. Easy is the trim level we’d aim for. It adds air-con, which is a major plus, as well as remote central locking, an upgraded stereo and roof rails. These all make the Panda much easier to live with on a daily basis. It’s a bit of a price hike for a Lounge version, and you don’t really get much of additional note, outside of electric heated door mirrors.
Four-wheel-drive versions are based on the Lounge model. Upgrades include a more rugged-looking exterior, a skid plate, an electronic locking differential, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and wheel-mounted audio and media controls.
Our favourite Fiat Panda 1.2 Easy