Building excellent small cars is something Fiat does extremely well, so it’s no surprise to find the Fiat Panda is one of the best models in a class that includes the Skoda Citigo, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10.
It might not have the retro looks of the Fiat 500, but the Panda is stylish. Its upright body means there’s plenty of room inside and all models come with five-doors for great access. Interior quality might not be up to the standards of a Volkswagen Up, but it’s fair to say that Fiat has harnessed a decent amount of charm.
The Panda feels at its best in the city, where its small dimensions make it perfect for weaving through congested streets and squeezing into tight parking spaces. Small engines mean the Panda is also cheap to run, but not best-suited to fast-moving motorway traffic, where it can feel a little out of breath.
Pandas are cheap cars, which means standard equipment is pretty basic and includes items such as central locking, six airbags, a CD player and power steering that can be lightened at the touch of a button.
The Fiat Panda is a quirky small car that's affordable but above all else fun
Overall, the new Panda is a charming and well-sorted small car that has plenty of appealing traits. The space on offer is quite impressive for such a small car, it’s cheap to buy and run and is abundant in style and character.
There are a few rough edges here and there, and rivals such as the Kia Picanto and VW Up are very tempting alternatives to the funky Fiat. However, the Panda has a lot going for it, and is a much more capable only car than the alternatives. It’s definitely worth considering if you’re in the market for such a car.
If you want to read some more in-depth analysis of the Panda, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. Or, to see what sort of offers you can expect on the Fiat Panda, click through to our deals page.