Fiat is so good with small cars that you wonder why it bothers with anything else.

The Panda is another example of Fiat’s excellence in this segment. It’s a budget machine that’s more desirable than most and can be had with some attractive options, but more importantly its underpinnings have gone on to feature on the Fiat 500 and the Ford Ka.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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Outstanding handling; now a more comfortable, classy overall package

It certainly has all the appeal of the old Panda and, as such, should prove one of the best options in the class.

If your requirement is for a very compact city car that must also swallow long distances, TwinAir Panda could be the answer, if not the oilburner Panda 4x4 maybe more appropriate.

It’s civilised, pleasing to sit in if you avoid the base specification – although that is far from unacceptable – roomy and potentially very well equipped. More than any previous Panda, it’s a city car that can be your only car. And you can’t ask a lot more of budget wheels than that.

Sure, it doesn’t have quite the slick city style of the Volkswagen Up or Hyundai i10, or even the cheeky character of the Fiat 500, but it is considerably more versatile and a big improvement on an already useful and engaging car.

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