Fiat Panda review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
No version of the Panda will cost much to run, even if you can't match the official fuel economy figures
For reference, the older 1.2-litre engine managed a maximum of 44.1mpg, with CO2 emissions from 132g/km. The Panda 4x4 and Cross 4x4 versions use the 0.9 Twin Air unit and deliver around 40mpg with 156g/km of CO2, while the 1.0-litre Mild Hybrid model achieves a claimed maximum of 50.4mpg, while emitting 115g/km.
However, the 1.0-litre Hybrid engine isn't the strongest in everyday driving - it only develops 70bhp and you have to exploit every bit of its power when pressing on. In doing so, you may struggle to match the claimed economy figures. In our own test of the engine (admittedly before it received some minor tech enhancements in 2020) we only saw fuel economy in the low thirties.
Standard versions of the Fiat Panda have insurance group ratings of between 3 and 6, so buyers should have no trouble getting cover cheaply. The 4x4 models are slightly higher, with the standard model in group 7 and the 4x4 Cross in a heady group 10.
As the city car sector has exploded with new contenders, their traditionally strong residuals have begun to weaken a little. Fiat has never been one of the strongest performers for used values, either. That said, considering the low initial purchase price, the depreciation isn’t too dreadful. Our experts predict the Fiat will retain 32-37% of its new price after three years, with the chunky 4x4 models at the upper end of the range.
In this review
- 1Fiat Panda reviewFiat’s recently re-jigged Panda range still offers plenty of character and style
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Panda performs well in the city, but out on the motorway the lack of refinement comes to the fore
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingNo version of the Panda will cost much to run, even if you can't match the official fuel economy figures
- 4Interior, design and technologyCharacterful design gives the Panda a sense of fun inside and out, but some parts feel cheap
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Fiat Panda has an airy cabin and a practical boot, although it's not the biggest load bay in its class
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Panda doesn't feel as durable as rivals, while Euro NCAP safety ratings aren't the best