Price £8,900 - £11,750
Getting the best value from the Fiat Panda means choosing the most basic variant you can live with. However, the little Fiat offers much more than cheap fuss-free transport. 4x4 versions for example, are expensive compared to Active and Dynamic models, but have genuine off-road ability. When it comes to the engine line-up, the 1.3 MultiJet diesel engine is particularly good because it's quiet, feels powerful and returns 65.7mpg. It's the little Panda's deceptive spaciousness that's most impressive, though. Compared to city cars like the Ford Ka, the cabin feels positively airy.
Price £10,050 - £14,950
Larger and more spacious, the latest Panda features more rounded styling than its predecessor and is designed to be the most practical and versatile version yet. Offered with a fantastic choice of petrol and diesel engines in either two, three or four-cylinder layout, the Panda is highly economical and offers great no-frills transport. The interior is stylish and reasonably well made and although rear passengers get slightly less legroom than in the Volkswagen up! or Kia Picanto, unique features such as the folding front seat do make up for it. The Panda is also great fun to drive around town and if you opt for one of the twin-cylinder TwinAir models, owners are exempt from paying road tax.
This third generation of Panda 4x4 is the first time since the early 80s that Fiat has squeezed a four-wheel-drive system into a supermini, using the latest Panda as its base, and the result is one of Fiat's most engaging vehicles. It's surprisingly good off-road, too, and, like the TARDIS, feels bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside. In fact, it feels like a much bigger car once you're in the higher driving position, with great visibility.