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Fiat Panda

(2012 - present)

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The Fat Panda is a city car-sized five-door hatchback. Unusually, it is also offered either as a regular city car or as a 4×4 version with very decent off-roading ability that outperforms most conventional family SUVs.

The current Panda was launched back in 2012 and has received minor updates throughout its life. There was substantial criticism of Fiat and calls for the car to be withdrawn from sale in 2018 when the Panda scored zero stars in a Euro NCAP crash test – the worst score ever recorded by the safety organisation.

Despite its safety record, the Fiat Panda continues to receive mostly positive reviews from the UK motoring media, although the scores have tended to gradually decline over time as they would for any car that has been on sale for almost a decade. The regular model Panda has been warmly praised for its city driving dynamics, while the 4×4 version is similarly acclaimed for its considerable off-road ability.

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Body style: Small five-door hatchback
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £10,080 on-road

Launched: Spring 2012
Last updated: Spring 2019
Replacement due: TBA

  • Fiat Panda (2012 - present) - front view | The Executivecondominium
  • Fiat Panda (2012 - present) - rear view | The Executivecondominium
  • Fiat Panda 4x4 (2013 - present) - front view | The Executivecondominium
  • Fiat Panda Cross (2019 - present) - front view | The Executivecondominium
  • Fiat Panda (2012 - present) - interior and dashboard | The Executivecondominium

MEDIA REVIEWS

Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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The Executivecondominium

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Auto Express

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Daily Mail

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 0 stars
Date tested: December 2018

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45%

ADULT OCCUPANT

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16%

CHILD OCCUPANT

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47%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

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7%

SAFETY ASSIST

Note about the Euro NCAP rating
The current Fiat Panda was first tested by Euro NCAP when it was originally launched in 2011 and scored four stars. However, safety standards have increased over the course of this decade and when the Panda was re-tested in 2018 against the latest criteria, it scored zero stars.

ECO RATING

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 0.9 Twinair 4×2 manual
Date tested: February 2019

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0 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

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6 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

Note about the Green NCAP rating
Please note that the above rating only applies to the designated powertrain, which in this case is a Fiat Panda 0.9-litre petrol manual.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Fiat Panda has won

2019

  • 4×4 Magazine Awards – Best Crossover (Panda Cross)

2018

  • 4×4 Magazine Awards – Best Crossover (Panda Cross)

2014

  • Towcar of the Year Awards – Best tow car under £16,500

2013

  • 4×4 Magazine Awards – Best Mini 4×4 (Panda 4×4)

2012

  • BBC Top Gear Awards – SUV of the Year (Panda 4×4)

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