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, the entry-level 1.0-litre Mild Hybrid should be well-suited. The peppier 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol engine should suit if you spend more time out of town, but it's now only available in the more expensive Panda 4x4. 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Fiat used to offer the Panda with a thrifty 1.3-litre diesel engine, but it has been discontinued, along with the outdated 1.2-litre petrol, which was a bit of a lacklustre performer and not as economical as newer engines in rivals. Up to 47mpg was claimed, although fairly 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 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions are as low as 112g/km, making it attractive for company-car buyers in need of a cheap urban runaround.
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 TwinAir Panda qualifies for standard rate annual VED (road tax), while the mild-hybrid model is taxed at the discounted rate.
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) and is an appealing choice for learner drivers or a first car.
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.