This modern Panda is the best new Fiat for years, and whilst it shares much of its earlier namesake's no-nonsense budget practicality, it's much more refined and pleasant to drive.
- Stylish city car with good space inside
- Lively engines and nimble handling
- Refined, practical and comfortable
- 1.1 needs to be worked hard at higher speeds
- Driving position could offer more adjustment
- Base models have limited load flexibility
The Panda can be bought for well under £6000 new if you shop around. For that, you get a competent, well-engineered, safely-built and versatile runabout that seats four in comfort and five at a push.
Equipment levels are good on all but the cheapest models, refinement isn't at all bad, and although the 1.1 petrol engine struggles a bit on the motorway, all Pandas are willingly nippy and ideally suited to the cut and thrust of urban driving. It's easy to drive; the high driving position gives a great view of the road, and the cabin is well laid out.
First imports are conventional three- and five-door hatchback, but higher-riding four-wheel versions will follow, along with a sporty Abarth model.
Panda is fun, well-priced, easy to own and a decent alternative to the increasingly popular Korean and Far Eastern city cars it's just a shame that it lacks visual flair.
Need To Know
Best Models: Lively 1.2 8-valve
Worst Models: 1.1
Quality & Reliability
Value for Money