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The Top Gear car review:Fiat Panda
For:The charm of the old one has been retained and its flaws have been sorted
Against:Some still won't get the car's sheer charm
What is it?
Fiat is enjoying a revival in the city car sector it did so much to help establish thanks to the all-round rightness of the latest Panda. Launched in 2011, it’s now become a genuine rival to models such as the VW Up and Kia Picanto… and the perfect practical alternative to the catwalk 500 (a car offered only in three-door form).
This renewed appeal was enhanced a while back with the arrival of the super-able 4x4 model (and its look-alike front-wheel drive sibling, the cheaper and greener Trekking). These models not only look really cute but the 4x4 is also far more able off-road than you’d ever expect. Good traction and its compact dimensions make it an unlikely off-road hero.