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The Top Gear car review:Fiat Panda

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Overall verdict
Better than ever, the Fiat Panda is still a worthy rival to the VW Up.


The charm of the old one has been retained and its flaws have been sorted


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. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
0.9 TwinAir [90] Cross 4x4 5dr
12.0s 130g/km 57.6 90 £16,245
The cheapest
1.2 Pop 5dr
14.8s 118g/km 50.4 69 £9,745
The greenest
1.3 Multijet [95] 4x4 5dr
12.5s 117g/km 64.2 95 £16,390
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