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Fiat Panda 4x4

The independent definitive Fiat Panda 4x4 video review

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    By Jonathan Crouch

    The Fiat Panda 4x4 is a car that makes a lot of sense to those looking for all-weather ruggedness in a compact form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the latest generation model.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 73

    It seems we can only really accept a Fiat Panda range when it has a 4x4 model in it. Although the all-wheel drive version of this car will remain a minority interest model in the UK, it still makes a great buy if you need to get from A to B in all weather conditions and occasionally off the beaten track too but don't want the expense or bulk of a big SUV.

    Backgroundword count: 141

    The Fiat Panda 4x4 might just be the car that won't die. Even after they flunk their final MoT test, they're still good value to somebody and if you look in barns and farm buildings the length and breadth of the country, you'll find these little workhorses pressed into use as field cars. It's the car that rural teens learn to drive in, bouncing them along rutted tracks and handbraking them in muddy paddocks. Of course, they once emerged from a dealership polished and new, with a proud owner who wanted a chic and capable small car. That hasn't changed a bit, and the latest third-generation Panda 4x4 adheres to the same formula that's been good since 1983. Yes, it's now a far slicker operator than the original but believe me, you'll be glad of that. Nostalgia isn't what it was.

    Driving Experienceword count: 201

    This time round, you get a choice of engines when choosing your Panda 4x4. Be sure to avoid the Trekking model if you want the full-fat 4x4 experience. Despite its macho look, the Trekking is a front-wheel drive model only. Go for the 4x4 proper and you get to choose between the award-winning 85bhp TwinAir 0.9-litre petrol (which endows the Panda 4x4 with a top speed of 103mph) or the 75bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet which runs out of puff at 99mph. It's a vehicle that's light on its feet off road and can be threaded through gaps that would halt most SUVs. A six-speed gearbox with a low first gear means the TwinAir model can inch up steep inclines. The MultiJet diesel is torquier still but only features a five-speed transmission and is harder work on the open road. Performance is a little less punchy than in a front-wheel drive Panda but there has to be some compromise for lugging all-wheel drive mechanicals about and the aerodynamics of that high body aren't quite so good. The all-season tyres have fairly soft sidewalls, so this isn't a car that you're going to ever mistake for a hot hatch through a set of bends.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    Combined mpg:

    57.6

    60.1

    CO2 (g/km):

    114

    Extra urban mpg:

    61.4

    65.7

    Insurance group:

    7

    Price:

    13995

    14995

    Urban mpg:

    47.9

    56.5

    Weight (kg):

    1050

    1115

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

    Performance
    60%
    Handling
    50%
    Comfort
    50%
    Space
    50%
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