FIAT Panda 4x4 (2005–2012)
The best small car based 4x4 returned for 2004 in Car of the Year body. 1.2 petrol engine option of 70bhp 1.3 Multijet diesel in Europe. Light weight should make it very good in snow. Price: £9,195 OTR.
Panda Cross launched in UK, combining driveability and economy of Fiats 1.3 16v MultiJet turbodiesel engine with the proven permanent four-wheel drive system of the Panda 4x4 and a styling pack.
New round light units front and rear, chunky side protection strips in contrasting colours, roof-bars, 15-inch alloy wheels and new bumpers all come as standard; while inside, the functional style continues with special two-tone interior trims. Same permanent four-wheel drive system as Panda 4x4 with viscous coupling and electronic differential lock which ensure extraordinary off-road performance in low-grip situations.
MacPherson front and independent rear suspension allow exceptional wheel-to-ground contact and remarkable passenger comfort over any surface. 1.3 MultiJet turbodiesel engine produces 70 bhp and torque of 145 Nm at a low 1500 rpm, which is ideal for off-road use.
Standard equipment list includes ESP, air conditioning, radio and MP3-compatible CD player with steering wheel audio controls, and electric power steering. One new colour is available, Rain Dance Green, which joins the existing Goa Orange, Cumbia Beige and Crossover Black. Panda Cross returns 42.1 mpg on the urban cycle, 67.3 mpg extra-urban, and 54.3 combined.
The CO2 figure is 136 g/km. £11,995 on-the-road, making the Panda Cross the most inexpensive new diesel 4x4 available in the UK.