Parkers overall rating: 2.1 out of 5 2.1

Should you buy a Fiat Panda?

We can see why people fall in love with the Fiat Panda – it has a cheeky character that rivals can’t dream of matching.

But that can’t hide its age. The Panda’s Euro NCAP score alone makes it difficult to recommend but its awkward interior, high running costs and lack of up-to-date tech really drive the nails in. The fact is that you can get a better car for the same money if you go for a Kia Picanto, a Volkswagen Up, a Suzuki Ignis or our current favourite city car, the Hyundai i10.

The only Panda we’d recommend is the 4×4 model, as it does offer something unique – in this price bracket, there’s only the Dacia Duster 4×4 that can compete with its small size, price, and off-road prowess.

What we like

The 4×4 model is very capable, and all Pandas have an endearing style and inherent character that goes a long way towards masking its flaws.

What we don’t like

A poorly thought-out interior is irritating given the Panda’s clear nods to utility, but it’s the zero-star Euro NCAP score that’s really unconscionable here.

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