Fiat Panda hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2
The Fiat Panda is a very cheap car to buy but it can’t match the fuel economy of cars with more modern engines
Whichever version of the Fiat Panda hatchback you go for, it won’t cost too much to keep on the road. If you tend to stick to short journeys and don’t cover many miles a year, either the entry-level 1.2-litre or 1.0-litre Mild Hybrid are most suitable. The peppier 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol engine should suit if you spend more time out of town, but isn't available in every version, and high-mileage drivers may be disappointed to know that the economical 1.3-litre diesel engine is no longer available.
Fiat Panda MPG & CO2
Fiat used to offer the Panda with a thrifty 1.3-litre diesel engine, but it has been discontinued, leaving buyers with one conventional petrol engine and a mild hybrid. The cheapest is the basic and slightly outdated 1.2-litre petrol, which is a bit of a lacklustre performer and isn't as economical as newer engines in rivals. Up to 47mpg is claimed, although low CO2 emissions mean it falls into a middling Benefit-in-Kind band for company-car drivers.
Introduced in 2020, the Panda Mild Hybrid's 1.0-litre petrol engine and energy recuperation technology makes it around 30% more efficient than the 1.2-litre according to Fiat. It can return up to 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions are as low as 126g/km, making it attractive for company-car buyers.
The more expensive 0.9-litre TwinAir engine offers a better all-round driving experience and is more suited to the Panda’s fun and lively character, but economy isn't its strong point either and it's now only available in the high-riding Panda 4x4, which we've reviewed separately. The automatic version (which Fiat calls Dualogic) isn't currently available, but that's no real loss as it wasn't up to the standard of rivals. In comparison, the most efficient Toyota Aygo returns up to 56.6mpg, which is almost identical to the Hyundai i10. Every Panda qualifies for £150 annual road tax.
The standard Fiat Panda hatchback falls into insurance groups three to seven, so it won't be expensive to cover (as long as you have a reasonable driving record and claims history).
Fiat covers all its cars against mechanical faults for unlimited miles up to three years and the Panda is no different. This is pretty typical for the industry as a whole, although both the Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto do better, with their manufacturers offering five and seven-year policies respectively. The paint is also covered for three years, while Fiat provides an eight-year anti-corrosion guarantee.
The Fiat Panda is offered with fixed-price servicing, which makes budgeting for maintenance easier. You can choose to pay with interest-free monthly direct debit, allowing you to spread the cost over the time you own the car. The exact cost depends on how many services you want the plan to cover and your anticipated annual mileage. Or, you can go for the 'Easy Care' package. This can cover between one and five years and covers all parts and labour – including an oil and filter change if required. If you opt for this offer when the car's new, then you can cover the first three services for £400.