2008 Fiat Panda 100HP 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Fantastic fun!

General Comments:

Always liked these particular models, and have finally got one! It looks in my opinion totally awesome, and is equally great to drive with a revvy eager engine, snappy gear change and oodles of feedback through the steering and suspension.

Practical, cheap to buy and run. So much space inside considering the exterior dimensions.

It'll be a cult classic, you mark my words.

Never fails to put a massive grin on my face. What more could you ask for from a tiny little economical five door city car!?

Being a Fiat, it'll probably have some issues at some point in the future, but on the plus side, being a Fiat, it'll more than likely be reasonably cheap to fix.

In the meantime, it's proving to be a hoot, and long may it continue!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2012

2008 Fiat Panda Multijet Dynamic 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

112mph, 60mpg, +fun = Panda Multijet

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

What does 112 mph (on the speedo), averages nearly 56 mpg, and can fit a full grown Dalmatian and Boxer dog in the boot?

A Panda Multijet, that's what!

Brilliant little car that looks a bit crap is pretty much my assessment.

Want to surprise people in much bigger cars by blasting past them at a ton in a tin box on wheels with roof bars, or really annoy those blokes in Transits and Merc Sprinters who drive so close they obviously wanna join you in the cabin by out accelerating them in the sort of car only Grandad drives, get a Panda Multijet!

Want to drive the absolute nuts off your car, and it absolutely refuses to drop below 55mpg tank to tank (60+mpg driven normally), get a Panda Multijet!

Want to buy the best tyres available for only £50 a corner, or crap rubber for about £15, and then pay the equivalent of a family size Dominoes pizza in road tax each year, get a Panda Multijet.

Want to be doing motorway speeds, hit the "city mode" button for the steering and end up in the next county when you move the wheel an inch? Well, any Panda really!

Shear comedy value 10/10.

Wanna look cool? Don't buy a Panda Multijet!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2011

2008 Fiat Panda Dynamic 1.3 Multijet from Denmark

Summary:

Probably the best car Fiat has ever made, and the best car I've ever owned

Faults:

Squeak from driver's seat from delivery, was fixed at no cost.

Rusted rear seat brackets, recognized as manufacturing fault, fixed at no cost.

Clutch shudders a bit when it's cold out, only lasts for a km or so until the gearbox has warmed slightly.

General Comments:

I test drove all the small cars available at the time, and the Panda just stole my heart.

Gets 5L/100km or better, no matter how hard I drive it.

Very eager turbo diesel, it's obviously no sports car, but overtaking maneuvers etc. are handled with ease.

Has yet to let me down even once, even in the freezing cold.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2011

24th Jan 2011, 10:46

I couldn't agree more.

I've just bought a Panda Multijet Dynamic on an 08-reg with 21k miles on the clock to replace a far larger 4x4 that was getting ridiculously expensive to run.

I was amazed at how good to drive a small car can be, I took it on a 200 mile round trip at the weekend, it was comfortable, economical and cruised at speed fine.

I got 50 MPG on my first tank (worked out properly on a calculator, the trip computer was reading 55 MPG), it does 100 MPH OK and I can get our Boxer dog and Dalmatian in the boot, great!

26th Jan 2011, 06:33

...with the seats folded down I guess...!!!

27th Jan 2011, 02:22

No, honestly, in the boot with the seats up, admittedly it's tight and I wouldn't do it for a long journey, but for short hops, they do go in!