Used Fiat Panda 4x4 (2005 - 2010) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 28 Sep 2009
3
As with the original Panda, Fiat has added a 4x4 model to the standard car range. Where similar small cars often just add some body cladding and increase ground clearance, the Panda 4x4 is a bona fide off-roader which has surprising ability in even tricky terrain.
Fiat Panda 4x4 (05-10)
Fun and surprisingly capable off-road, chunky looks, spacious interior
Compromised on-road, sluggish engines lacks performance, minimal boot space

New price range:

£11,300 - £13,585

Used price range:

£610 - £2,706

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

As with the original Panda, Fiat has added a 4x4 model to the standard car range. Where similar small cars often just add some body cladding and increase ground clearance, the Panda 4x4 is a bona fide off-roader which has surprising ability in even tricky terrain. Unfortunately it pays the price on road - the raised suspension results in excessive body roll while the engine struggles to provide decent pace and feels underpowered on the open road.

In August 2008 the Panda Cross was launched. This features even chunkier styling and a bespoke front end but most importantly is fitted with a 1.3-litre MultiJet engine which is much preferable to the standard 1.2-litre petrol unit.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

2 out of 5

Handling

2.5 out of 5

Comfort

2.5 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

2.5 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

2.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 The all wheel drive of this 'Cross' model is top drawer. As good as a Subaru at quietly getting on with it and ploughing through deep snows and muddy fields and leaving the Range Rover / Green Welly...  

5 out of 5

Anonymous ,   08 Apr 2011    ... read more

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