Fiat Panda 4x4 (2005 – 2012) Review

Fiat Panda 4x4 (2005 – 2012) At A Glance

3/5

+Impressively capable off road and in snow. Chunky looks. As practical as the standard Panda. Good quality and easy to use interior.

-A front-wheel drive Panda rides better. Sluggish performance.

Insurance Groups are between 3–7
On average it achieves 91% of the official MPG figure

It's hard not to love the Fiat Panda. Chic, cheerful, small and cute. European Car of the Year 2004, it's comfortable, fun to drive, has the best-designed control panel of any car anywhere and comes in some great solid colours, including Guacamole green, Vanilla yellow and a kind of creamy turquoise.

But now we have the options of a Panda with a diesel engine, or a Panda with four wheel drive. Later, we might be able to buy both together, depending on how robust the drive system proves to be with the more torquey diesel. It should be okay though. There are plenty of original Panda 4x4s still romping around with over 200,000 miles under their wheels.

Real MPG average for a Fiat Panda 4x4 (2005 – 2012)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

91%

Real MPG

37–56 mpg

MPGs submitted

25

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

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Which small 4x4?
"I currently drive an ageing BMW 320Ci Although I live in the Home Counties, my parents live in a hilly area of Wales and I am considering a used, economical 4x4 to ensure I can visit them and do their shopping, when the winter arrives. Do you have any suggestions as to a suitable vehicle to consider? My budget would be quite limited, I'm afraid (up to £3k)."
Fiat Panda 4x4 2005-2012 model: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/fiat/panda-4x4-2005/ Obviously nothing like as quick and relaxed on the motorway as a 320Ci, but hugely better in the snow.
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Can you recommend a cheap 4x4?
"We live on top of a hill and our house is difficult to access in winter weather. I am considering the purchase of a cheap 4x4 for £2000, which would be an additional car rather than one of our main vehicles. What do you suggest? "
FIAT Panda 4x4, Suzuki Jimny, Daihatsu Terios - really anything you can find for £2000.
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Can you recommend a good petrol-engined SUV to replace our Toyota RAV4?
"As my wife and I will both be retired next year we are looking to run one car instead of two. We currently have a 2008 RAV4 D-4D, which was used for towing and an elderly Golf estate, both diesel. We live in the country and bearing in mind the state of the roads, the weather, and the fact that we will do some regular short journeys, we want petrol and something sturdy with good ground clearance. We will do about 10,000 miles per annum max. We would not want to spend more than £12,000 including part-ex. We had thought about a Fiat Panda 4x4, but is four wheel drive that critical?"
A new Dacia Sandero Stepway 90TCe on suitable tyres would probably do the job for just under £8000. www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/dacia/sandero-stepway-2013/. If you want more space, a Dacia Logan MCV: www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/dacia/logan-mcv-2013/. If you deem 4WD necessary, you might find a used Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.4 D-4D within budget, or a Suzuki Grand Vitara SWB. A Suzuki Swift 4WD is coming soon.
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Looking for a budget 4x4
"I'm looking to replace my Ford Focus with something that I can comfortably use on a bumpy and muddy tracks in all weathers. I only have £3500 to spent and was considering the Skoda Octavia Scout, do you have any suggestions?"
Small: a Daihatsu Terios or FIAT Panda 4x4 or Suzuki Ignis 4x4. Bigger, a Honda HRV if you can find a good one. Don't recommend a Rover 'StreetWise'.
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What does a Fiat Panda 4x4 (2005 – 2012) cost?

Buy new from £13,250 (list price from £14,985)
Contract hire from £173.50 per month