In-depth Reviews

Fiat Panda owner reviews

"The Fiat Panda is a roomy and affordable city car with a strong sense of fun"

Carbuyer Rating

2.5 out of 5

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Owners Rating

4.4 out of 5

83%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

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Common Problems

  • Engine (3 cases)
  • Electrics (1 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch, Suspension, Other (1 cases)
  • Other (1 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

0.9 60

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
I have had no problems at all - brakes needed service after 120.000 km. - that's it. Great car.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

0.9 Twin Air

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

51
Review
I bought this car to replace my Skoda Citigo. PROS: The TwinAir engine makes it an excellent car for the open road. It's a comfortable and enjoyable drive. I like the high-up seating position and its suberb visibility makes its easy to place on the road and park. It's almost as 'at home' in town as it is on the open road. The economy improves and the car covers more miles - the worst has been 45mpg - the best 59 mpg which is not bad for a petrol engine with a bit of thrust. The cabin is well built and rattle free although quite 'plasticky'. The design is uplifting and it's a nice space to be in. It's also very practical - you can carry a lot for such a small car. CONS - you are unlikely to get close to the claimed MPG - but if you make good use of the engine's torque and don't try to get your power from high revs then you will get economy typical of a small petrol car. Those fond of squashy, soft touch plastic will not find much to enjoy about the interior. The TwinAir engine takes getting used to - it's loud and it doesn't really sound like anything else on the road. It's also takes some practice to drive smoothly around town - the car feels much happier on faster roads. It's more practical than the 500 but less stylish - very much function over form. It's a car you buy because you love it- not to impress anyone else.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

pop 102

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

49
Review
I can`t fault this car, base model, reasonable quality. and relative comfort. It's mainly as a town car. This is the third Panda i have owned over the past eight years and will probably stick with it. I managed to pay £6,500 for this unregistered car which I found was unbeatable value at the time. The only disappointment was that there was no spare wheel, just a can of tyre repair fluid. However, I found a spare wheel and jack on the internet for £60.00, and am much happier carrying those.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.2 mylife

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
Surprislingy well screwed together for such a cheap car, holds its own on dual carriageway and motorways at 70mph without any fuss. It has a certain cheeky charm that has endeared me to its frugal ways! Love the city switch that makes the steering feather light, makes parking a doddle.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.3 Diesel

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

55
Review
I bought this car as I have daily 70 mile cross country commute and wanted something economical and comfortable. It has been fine some 15,000 miles later with no problems. It is comfortable, sufficient power to maintain relaxed 60-70 mph on dual carriageway and I like the Fiat design touches. Handling is OK, I like the high up driving position and the interior has a spacious feel which puts this above other superminis for me. Build quality is OK and nowadays there is little to choose between manufacturers. I have found it to be very reliable helped by the well established 1.3 Fiat multijet engine.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

Pop

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48
Review
Bought this new panda because we loved our 2007 grande punto, which we still own. Test drove a 2013 model demonstrator which drove really well so placed an order for a new model 2014 spec pop. We got a great deal as there was dealer contribution and no part ex, but had to purchase spare wheel and three seat belts for rear seats as not standard and we sometimes carry 3 kids on school run. Car was great at first and we have had no breakdowns in 2 years ownership however, we could never get used to how the car drove which was totally different to the demo car as this model had euro 6 emissions for 2014 which included tighter emissions and longer gearing to comply. Car was very difficult to drive cleanly from a standing start and you either hit a big flat spot and didn't move straight away or you over slipped the clutch to compensate and screamed away at full revs. Very difficult to judge. This became so difficult for both mywife and myself that we complained to the dealer who updated the software at the first service. This improved drivability and torque but didn't cure stop start driving difficulties. We had a very good dealer though and their service was great for aftersales but awful sales service once deal was done. Never contacted us once prior to collection, we had to chase up all the way. They also decided to drill the brand new tailgate to fit the number plate!!!! Dealer couldn't understand why i was annoyed! The other problem that could not be sorted was a frozen door locks which sometimes meant on very icy mornings that we could only get in via the boot! Overall dissapointing. Due to ever tightening emissions and old engine design a car which is actually well designed and comfortable, even on long motorway runs at which it excelled, have ruined the town use the car was actually purchased for.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.2 fiat easy

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
This is my first Fiat. I have owned two Ford Ka s previously and have enjoyed their compactness and easy driving. I moved to a Fiat Panda to gain the extra two passenger doors. I like the high interior and the light and airy feel they give. The City button gives ease of parking and I find the engine sprightly and easy to manoevre. In traffic it's good and also on long motor way drives,contrary to the comments made on the website, I have found it "spins" along very nicely. With regard to luggage space,although small,the actual dimensions are helped by the rectangular shape,cases fit in well and shopping bags (Waitrose bags especially)neatly fit well. With regard to fuel consumption on long and short journeys I have found it very satisfactory and comparable to other cars I have owned The interior design shape and upholstery is quite clever keeping the same geometric shape all through even to the point of having Fiat Panda printing on the door facings!. I would consider buying another Fiat in due course.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Excellent. Has never let me down.
Performance

5 out of 5

Easy to drive,comfortable. Love the gear change stick position. City button very helpful.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Very comparable with other cars owned: Ford Ka

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

100HP, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Fun

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Eco, Less than 1.0-litre , Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
I love it

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

eco, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

1.2 Easy 5dr

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

43
Review
I bought the Fiat Panda as I needed five doors and room for my tall dog in the boot when she is muddy and the majority of small cars have rather limited height in the boot. In respect of these criteria the car gets 5*. However the car developed a serious fault in the second winter I owned it (the headlights turned themselves off randomly whilst driving along). Despite numerous trips to the dealership (they had the car for over a month), a new computer being shipped in from Italy (still under warranty), the problem was never fully diagnosed or explained but I was assured it was not a systematic problem with the Panda (although as I got a recall notice a year later to take the car in for a computer upgrade to fix the exact same issue I suspect that may not really have been the case). The garage, customer service in the UK and in Italy treated the problem with flippancy and contempt to me as a customer. They couldn't seem to understand why I was concerned about driving a car whose headlights went out in the winter. I will never buy another Fiat purely based on dealing with the rude and inept customer service teams. The car is uninspiring to drive, relatively expensive to get through MOTs (I had a ford KA before they changed the body style and at 10 years old it cost less than my first MOT on the Panda). A disappointing purchase that I will be replacing as soon as I can afford to.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Active Eco, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Lovely car.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Dynamic ECO, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Excellent buy other than minor rattle in dash area (probably cd player) but not yet fixed.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

active, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
For the money it is a cracking little car, makes even city driving enjoyable.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.2 Activ 5 door

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
I have owned my 2011 Panda for 8 years now and have done 95000 miles. I love it. My Panda has had lots of repairs including the steering, clutch, alternator, battery, sump, shock absorbers and other consumables. But I got it for about £6,300 and when compared to other comparable cars I consider it good value. This is because it gets good petrol consumption - about 50mpg - and despite so much mileage it's still worth over £800. Depreciation is one of the biggest costs in cars and I can't fault the Panda's at an average £700 per year. The Panda is comfortably high for older users and it'll go places in snow that other cars cannot. It has a tight turning circle, so is easy to park. It is comfortable on long runs and the engine is quieter and more flexible than the 3-cylinder cars around nowadays. I love it and will continue with it for as long as I can.
Reliability

3 out of 5

Has needed towing twice in 8 years - gear shift cable broke and clutch failure. Generally reliable but lots needing to be replaced to keep it so.
Performance
Great. Very perky from start and revs freely meaning you can take it to 70 in third. Overtakes quickly because it's light.
Running Cost
Taking into account car leasing will generally cost at least £1200 a year, my costs for my Panda have been reasonable, even though I have had to repair or replace a LOT of parts.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.3 multi jet diesel

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

60
Review
Brilliant little car, bought used at 1 month old pre registered with just 64 miles and kept it 5 years and 64000 miles. It returned 60-65 on local and weekend trips, best ever was 74 mpg on steady motorway driving. It was quick away from a stop when you needed it, great on motorways and had very comfortable seats, 200 miles was easy with no aches. Bad news was that two injectors failed after 3 1/2 years 40000 miles, but it still ran ok. It was fixed for £500 at Halfords, we were on holiday. Original brake discs and pads lasted 60000 miles. Tyres lasted 25-30000 on average if rotated front to back. A hot starting problem developed as we were about to trade in, it's common issue with starter motor it turns out. We had a 4x4 after this and I have an 2004 petrol as a runabout now.
Reliability
No issues except as stated, it still started and pulled well on 2 cylinders.
Performance

5 out of 5

Great fun, surprised a lot of people at the traffic light Grand Prix. Holds its own a wolf in sheeps clothing.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Excellent mpg

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.2 Easy 5dr

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
I bought this as I do a lot of short trips and needed a cheap run around. After my test drive I fell in love with it's charm. It's light to manoeuvre and it put a smile on my face every time I drive it. Consumption is brilliant and the drive easy. Would definitely buy another. Even my two dogs fit in it . Love my panda

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Active-eco, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Eco Active, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.2 Easy

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
I bought the car second hand from a dealer, and I've owned the car for a short time. So far I like how the car handles, the gears are smooth, it feels very nippy in town, and feels more powerful than it really is. The high positioned drivers seat gives good visibility and you sit that bit higher making it feel like a bigger car. It's well designed and looks stylish.
Reliability

4 out of 5

So far so good.. time will tell..
Performance

4 out of 5

Seems nippy and happy to pick up speed.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Seems ok but too early to comment

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Dynamic multijet & active euro 5 1.2 petrol

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45.5
Review
Diesel was great except the EGR valve required replacement every 36k miles. It needs decent battery voltage or power steering can act up. Active petrol good also but cambelt change surprisingly expensive. I would recommend a thermostat change at same time as poor design of plastic coupling to heater can fail.
Reliability

3 out of 5

With a better design for a couple of components would be a great car.
Performance
Adequate petrol good for diesel
Running Cost
Very good except for maintenance.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

1.2 Pop

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

43
Review
I purchased my Panda new as a second car was needed due to work commitments. The test drive car was fine and drove well. My Fiat Panda however has the power loss issue when pulling off from standing that is very well documented on the internet. It seems Fiat have tweeked the engine to achieve emission standards much to the detriment of the driver. It is quite honestly horrible to drive around town. When I went to the dealer to discuss the problem a mechanic came out and agreed there was an issue, they then kept the car for a whole day only to tell me that the head mechanic decided that there is nothing wrong with it. So I have a car that in all other aspects is great as long as you don't want to drive it around town. My wife and I are so fed up with it that we are going to trade it in for anything other than a Fiat!
Reliability

5 out of 5

Starts and goes every time of asking
Performance

1 out of 5

Poor, due to dead spot on pulling off from standing
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Cheap

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Easy

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
I am extremely pleased with my Panda and would highly recommend this car to everyone looking for a brilliant city car which can be used also for longer trips and motorway driving. I have absolute nothing to say against the engine, brakes, suspension, electrics, gearbox or clutch which I have found to be very efficient and in excellent working order. On the comfort side I particularly appreciate the large rear windows which allow even shorter passengers (my elderly mother and my children) to look out. I feel so many cars have now been designed by those with the mistaken belief that back seat passengers either sleep or play on their phones and ipads and don't wish to look outside. The height adjusting driver seat is also a brilliant find. Less useful are all the nooks and crannies available to store only limited sized objects (eg coins) The issues I do have are minimal and I suspect very personal. These are: 1. Because of the City Brake Control option (which I don't have) the rear view mirror is placed very low to the detriment of front visibility; 2. I am rather tall (1.78m) and find the steering wheel is right in my line of vision to the speed and rev counters. I also do not understand why the speed is not also in LCD display form. 3. I find the head rest rather unsightly and uncomfortable. 4. The whole volume dial on the radio turns so that the symbol drawing on the knob is is hardly ever straight (my slight ocd surfacing there)

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