The Fiat Panda takes on the VW Up
Can May's perennial favourite - the Fiat Panda - stand up to a new German contender? Let's have a heated debate...
Posted: 19 Oct 2012
JM I have a theory about that. Small cars through the Eighties and Nineties gradually became quite big. To give them the appeal and the apparent usability of a small car, you have to give them the proportions of a small car. And you do that by raising the roof because it makes the car look stubby. I bet if you lowered the Panda's roof by four inches, it would look like a largish hatchback. Because it isn't small. It's bloody huge - bigger than my Panda. Do you think makers of small cars have lost the courage to make a car that feels like a cheap, small, utility car?
PH Yes, there's a want of courage. They don't believe there are enough people out there who will buy something very basic. You do it with a pen - you're sat there with a biro - but not with a car.