Well for a start Panda's are still sold today and sit in a different market segment. The Panda's ancestor was the 126 (its design was to address 5 door access crossing between 126 and 127 to address French competition). The 500 was replaced by the 127, then the Uno until it was resurrected into their line up. Tipo sits then above both of these being more a family orientated car both longer, wider albeit more squat. Considering a Panda to be equivalent to a Tipo is like considering a Ford Ka to be equivalent to a Focus or a Kia Picanto equivalent to a Ceed.
This is probably the equivalent model to the Panda today although a little larger. You have traded one underpowered car for another. At least you should be skilled in dealing with an underpowered car. In fairness I'm sure this car will be capable of the speed limit on a motorway no problem, perhaps even some over-taking albeit slightly slow doing it. It has a top speed of 113mph and 0-60mph in about 12 seconds. It's uncompetitive compared to a turbo engine but still reasonable for everyday use.
I had a fiat panda with 16000 miles on it which dropped down to 50mph on motorway and just traded it in for this deal thinking it was just the panda that had the problem due to it being fiats budget car...now im worried
I drove one yesterday. Decent enough. Agree slightly underpowered but as a run about it’s decent enough Heads up Worksop Fiat offering it for cash at £9978.
It delivered 44mpg over 150 miles. I didn’t drive it like I stole it, I drove it I assume how it should have been driven. I feel some of the people commenting about this car being underpowered have not even driven it or perhaps all have AMGs sitting on their driveways.