Hello all – I have a new love, the Fiat Panda. I’ve just come back from a week in sunny Tuscany with Kate, we’ve been all over it in that time, and it was great fun, especially as our chariot (I’m using the lingo you see, although I may be a few thousand years out of date) was the bargain bucket Fiat Panda. Ok, so it wasn’t the base spec one, as it had air conditioning and the optional stained rear seat (I think that option is only available to hire companies) but it’s 1.2 litre engine did hussle it along nicely on the autostrada, it was competent and actually simple fun going up and down hills in Chianti (got to love those switchbacks and hairpins) in it. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Is it wrong that I now hanker after the newly launched 4×4 diesel model recently seen on Top Gear?