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Review | 02.12.2013 - 14:00

Fiat Panda 4x4: The secret formula that just works

The Fiat Panda 4x4 is definitely a car suitable for all those who happen to be interested in all-weather ruggedness and economy in a compact form. Learn why..
Fiat Panda 4x4

 

The Fiat Panda 4x4 is definitely a car suitable for all those who happen to be interested in all-weather ruggedness and economy in a compact form. It is a great pick when you have to get from A to B in all climatic conditions and from time to time off the beaten track too but do not want the expenses or size of a massive SUV.

The Fiat Panda 4x4 could just be the vehicle which will not kick the bucket. It is the car in which rural teenagers learn to drive in since 1983. The same formula of all around vehicle with 4x4 capabilities continues to our days and the new model of Fiat Panda 4x4 hasn't changed a bit.  

This time round, you get yourself a range of engines when deciding on your Panda 4x4. Make sure you avoid the Trekking version if you prefer the full-fat 4x4 experience. Regardless its macho appearance, the Trekking is actually a front-wheel drive model only. Decide to go with the 4x4 and you get to select in between the 85bhp TwinAir 0.9-litre petrol (top speed of 103mph) or the 75bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet that runs at 99mph. It really is a vehicle that is certainly light  off-road and could very well move through narrow spaces hat would halt most SUVs.The MultiJet diesel is torquier although only comes with a five-speed transmission and it is more difficult on the open road. Performance might be less explosive as compared to a front-wheel drive Panda however there needs to be certain compromise for packing all-wheel drive mechanicals plus the aerodynamics of that high shape are certainly not really so good.

While travelling, the Panda 4x4 is more plain and simple than entertaining. The added suspension travel assists absorb large potholes and bumps, eventhough it can seem to be somewhat unsettled over more continuous rough surfaces. The steering is gentle and well suited for negotiating tight situations and the chunky gearknob and steering wheel ensures it does not feel fragile.

Nevertheless, when it comes to running as being a 4x4, this version of the Panda isn't going to operate poorly in the least, with the diesel engine supplying lots of torque towards the wheels.
 

Design and Build

 

The Panda 4x4 is visually pleasantly robust having a body-coloured 'offroad type' bumpers alongside satin aluminium finished skid-plate, roof rails, side mouldings with '4x4' logo, black wheel arches and side skirts, 15-inch dark alloy wheels and elevated ground clearance, whilst the two colour contrast inside of the vehicle additionally lighten up the package all together.

Fiat has fortunately resisted the temptation to manufacture this third generation model excessively bigger on the exterior and it's really just expanded by a few centimetres, mostly as a result towards pedestrian safety requirements. Gratefully it really is loaded with smart ideas on the inside which will make the most of the space available. By having an all-around length of 365cm and width of 164cm, the Panda 4x4 can accommodate five individuals and as opposed to the somewhat limited total capacity of the predecessor, this time provides one of the biggest baggage storage compartments within the city car sector. Functionality is definitely improved by a sliding split/fold backside bench. One of the unsatisfactory factors with the vehicle would be that seat height adjusting is just an optional extra and also steering wheel just adjusts for reach, therefore some might find it somewhat hard getting comfy.
 

Market and Model

 

Fiat needed seriously to set up this particular automobile with great care. It required to prove that the Panda had moved regarding quality, space, reliability and safety but needed to achieve this without having to jeopardize its cheeky and surprising character. I believe they  were able to be successful in this particular pursuit. Indeed, the car turns out to be bigger although not unnecessarily so. The finish is actually a a great deal improved inside and also equipment level happens to be enhanced substantially. Inside, you can find twin-coloured seats, coloured dashboard, door panels in coloured 'eco-leather', and a gloss black instrument surround. Prices begin around £14,000 for the TwinAir and you will spend an additional £1,000 for the more cost-effective however to a lesser extent gratifying MultiJet diesel. Safety equipment now runs to 4 airbags, front seatbelt pre- tensioners and daytime running lights as standard. Fiat in addition offers a system which recognizes obstacles at velocities as high as 20mph and slows down the car automatically in case the driver does not answer to in-car alerts.

 

Cost of Ownership

Gas economy concerning both of those engines is actually good if not fantastic. The TwinAir will net on average 57.6mpg, which kind of isn't really bad for any high-riding petrol- engined hatch. Decide to go with the MultiJet diesel and you will then most likely get proportionately nearer to its stated 60.1mpg figure.The TwinAir records a figure of 114g/km when the diesel is in fact only a little worse at 125g/km.

 

Summary

 

If you want a compact vehicle which will shrug off of the worst type of circumstances the weather can throw at it while still looking great in just about any social environment, you will find yet absolutely nothing to reach this little Fiat. Pricing isn't actually too bad and the price rises come across as acceptable based on the additional equipment you now attain. I would opt for the TwinAir model over the MultiJet diesel unless of course I was actually making some serious miles on the clock, in which particular case it makes you wonder even if a Fiat Panda stands out as the ideal car in your case to start with. There is little which is revolutionary concerning this car. It is merely a formula which has developed quite beautifully.

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