2017 Fiat Panda Review

Introduction

A classic name, now in its second regeneration, the Panda is a perfect example of that old adage that Fiat is at its best when making small cars. True, there are rivals that are far more sophisticated, but the Panda is much more fun to drive than most, relatively practical and definitely amongst the best to look at. It lacks, perhaps, the modern classic status of its illustrious original, but it’s a very fine modern city machine.

 

Body Style: Hatchback           Seats: 5                       MRP from £9,245 - £17,995

  

Did you know? The second-generation Panda was going to be called the Gingo, until Renault complained that it sounded too much like Twingo…

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (6.8/10)

Far from perfect, but very charming nonetheless, the Panda is in many ways the epitome of Fiat, and Italian cars in general – flaws and design quirks that would be unforgivable in a German or Japanese rival are here given a free pass simply because of the charm factor. To the Panda’s credit, it’s well made and quite good fun to drive, but it is an ageing design that's finding it hard to keep up with younger pretenders.

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Design & Exterior

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

Technology & Connectivity

★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ (5/10)

Performance & Handling

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

Safety Features

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Specs & Trims