Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 7.8 - 10.8 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 36.7 - 50.4 mpg
  • Mild hybrid is the best performer
  • Should be 30% more efficient than petrol
  • Still bettered by Fiesta and Corsa rivals

The most efficient engine in the Panda’s line-up is the 1.0-litre mild-hybrid – this promises an improvement in fuel efficiency of up to 30% when compared with the 1.2-litre petrol.

Fiat says it’s capable of 49.6mpg and will emit 89g/km of CO2, which is bested by diesel options in the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa ranges.

Previously available engines

The 0.9-litre TwinAir engine promised an average economy of 67mpg and 99g/km of CO2, also thanks to the inclusion of stop/start technology and a gear shift indicator. In reality drivers found the fuel economy figure to be a bit fanciful, to put it kindly.

Reliability

  • Recall issues should have been sorted
  • One well used engine, one not so much
  • Sold and hard-wearing interior

The previous model was subject to some minor recalls, although these only affected a small numbers of cars and should have been ironed out in this latest version.

Engine-wise the 1.2-litre unit has been used elsewhere but the newer 1.0-litre mild hybrid is relatively untested, but is also used in the Fiat 500 hatchback,

In terms of interior quality the Panda seems a well-built and solid car with lots of plastic that may not necessary feel like the most luxurious material in the world, but will at least be hard wearing.

Fiat panda rear badge

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £150
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 3 - 12
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