Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Fiat Panda?

As a city car, the compact Panda is fairly good to drive thanks to its light steering and controls. However, the VW Up/Skoda Citigo/SEAT Mii trio is more entertaining and handles corners with greater agility and enthusiasm than the Fiat. That said, the Panda exhibits little body roll in bends, in spite of its lofty dimensions suggesting otherwise.

Approaching corners, the Panda doesn’t feel as nippy as rival city cars, which is what holds the Panda back from being considered in the same breath as these models for driver enjoyment.

Where the Panda does start to claw back some credibility is just how practical it is thanks to its boxy profile. A good-sized boot and strong headroom in the rear (although legroom isn’t great) means this is a car that feels larger on the inside than out.

The addition of a mild-hybrid petrol engine in 2020 enhanced the Panda’s low running cost appeal, although it has to be said that it’s still outdone in this area by rivals with conventional diesel engines – but that’s obviously a more expensive fuel, so perhaps it’s not as clear cut as it would appear on paper.

We also can't ignore the elephant in the room: safety. Yes, the Panda's still the same car that received recognition for its strength back in 2013, but that won't resonate with many new car buyers in 2020 now that it's officially a zero-star car. Blame the lack of autonomous tech for that – something that its rivals manage to offer even in their smallest cars.