This is Polski Fiat at its cheapest and nastiest!
The micro switch in the boot release kept firing the boot open indiscriminately.
Very rattly interior and very poor quality trim / plastics.
Strange loose sounding rumbles from front and rear suspension.
Engine smoked badly and used a lot of oil.
I loved the look and character of the Panda, but was bitterly disappointed by it's poor quality.
The refinement of the turbo diesel engine is superb, especially at motorway speeds, but there is an awful dead period of turbo lag at low speeds (worse in cold weather.
Once moving the performance is great, but the initial poor throttle response is verging on dangerous in my opinion.
Horrible horrible tacky plastics used for dash and door trims.
By contrast the seats are well upholstered, durable and very comfortable.
My Panda replaced a much loved and respected Fabia TDI, and happily has been replaced by another Fabia TDI.
For cheap economical quality transport, look no further than the series 1 Skoda Fabia.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th April, 2009