Parkers overall rating: 2.1 out of 5 2.1
  • Panda’s boxy body is quite practical
  • Headroom in abundance
  • Boot is square and useful, but small

How much space is there?

The Panda’s square body and tall dimensions mean passenger space isn’t actually bad. Legroom is a little tight in the rear but headroom is abundant and the seats encourage an upright position that makes the most of this. It’s not exactly palatial, but four adults can travel inside for surprisingly long journeys without complaint – and if your friends are shorter than average, they’ll be perfectly comfortable.

A standard four-seater, Fiat will let you upgrade the Panda to five seats, which may be useful to have in emergencies – but don’t expect to seat three adults across the rear bench unless they’re very slim.

Boot space and storage

With 225 litres of space on offer, the Panda’s boot lags behind rivals such as the Volkswagen Up and Hyundai i10, both of which have more than 250 litres.

It’s a practical space, though, as the Panda’s large tailgate is perfectly square and leaves a nice low opening, in contrast to some rivals that have a huge lip to hoick bags over. The seats fold easily – in a 50/50 split for four-seat versions or 60/40 for five-seaters – and the metal cladding on the seatbacks leave a hardwearing surface. They don’t go totally flat, though.

Storage for oddments in the cabin is also lacking. The glovebox is small and deep, and though there’s a large open shelf above it you wouldn’t want to leave anything there as it’ll be on display when parked and insecure when moving.

The Panda also suffers with tiny and oddly-shaped cupholders, better suited to a dinky Italian espresso than a bucket of Starbucks’ finest frappacappalatte.

Is it easy to park?

Tiny dimensions and a square body combine with fairly good all-round visibility to make the Panda very easy to park. Rear parking sensors are only available as an optional extra, though, and a reversing camera isn’t available at all, so you’ll need to be happy turning your head.

One item standard to all Pandas is the ‘City’ button. Press this and the already-light steering becomes truly featherweight, making low-speed manoeuvres effortless.

Safety

  • Zero star Euro NCAP rating
  • Panda isn’t necessarily unsafe…
  • … but rivals do perform better

When it was first tested in 2011 the Fiat Panda scored four stars in the Euro NCAP crash testing procedure. However, when it was retested in 2018, that score was dropped right down to the lowest possible zero-star rating.

You can read in more detail about what this means in our news story, but in a nutshell this score reflects Euro NCAP’s constantly-shifting goalposts and the Panda’s lack of advanced safety equipment. Autonomous emergency braking is a cost option, as are front side airbags, and though the Panda’s general crash structures aren’t necessarily as unsafe as the low score may suggest, rivals will hold up better in an impact.

The fact is that a car’s safety should be measured by what else is available in the same category, and compared to its rivals, the Panda is an unsafe car.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Fiat Panda.

  • ABS
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Folding rear seats

4x4 equipment

4x4 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
4x4 optional equipment
None available

Antarctica equipment

Antarctica standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Antarctica optional equipment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

City Cross equipment

City Cross standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
City Cross optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

City Life equipment

City Life standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
City Life optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Steel wheels

Easy equipment

Easy standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Easy optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Steel wheels

Easy+ equipment

Easy+ standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Easy+ optional equipment
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels

Launch Edition equipment

Launch Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Launch Edition optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote

Lounge equipment

Lounge standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Lounge optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Pop equipment

Pop standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Pop optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

Red equipment

Red standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Red optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Sport optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights

Trekking equipment

Trekking standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Trekking optional equipment
None available

Trussardi equipment

Trussardi standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
Trussardi optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Waze equipment

Waze standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
Waze optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Wild equipment

Wild standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Wild optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Steel wheels