The Fiat Panda is a car that has been on the market for over thirty years, but while the original model was very popular in its day, the majority of people buying a used Fiat Panda today will be considering the second generation which was first produced in 2003.  The range was given another revision in 2011 but there are few of these on the used market as yet.  The Panda is a small hatchback that is larger than the city cars like the 500, and really can accommodate four adults.

The range of engines for the Fiat Panda are generally small, ranging from the tiny 0.9 litre petrol engine that offers some very good fuel efficiency to the 1.4 litre which is available in second generation cars.  Many people will want to consider the diesel version because of the excellent fuel efficiency, but these tend to be more expensive to buy, even on the used market.

The cheapest models on the used market are those that have the ‘Active’ trim level, as these are the most basic in terms of equipment, although they do include electric windows in the front and twin airbags.  The Dynamic AirCon trim will usually be the most popular, because it does have the addition of a CD player, central locking and air conditioning.  The ‘Eleganza’ is the most luxurious of the Panda trim levels, adding climate control and alloy wheels.

When buying a new Fiat Panda it is certainly worth having a good look at the service history, particularly with the 1.3 litre Multijet diesel models, as some owners do experience unusually high diesel and fuel consumption.  A full service history is desirable, and it is also worth checking the boot door, which some drivers have had problems with.  For those who are looking for inexpensive used cars with plenty of life in them, a low mileage Panda can prove to be a very good choice.