Fiat has announced prices for its Panda 4x4 and Panda Trekking models
13 December 2012

The Fiat Panda 4x4 will cost from £13,950 when it goes on sale next month. The front-wheel-drive Panda Trekking will cost from £12,450.

The engine line-up for both models includes Fiat’s 900cc TwinAir and 1.3-litre MultiJet units. The diesel unit attracts a £1000 premium. 

The Panda 4x4’s TwinAir engine returns an average of 57.6mpg with a CO2 rating of 114g/km. Diesel MultiJet models record headline figures of 60.1mpg and 125g/km. In Trekking versions, running costs are improved: 61.4mpg/105g/km and 67.3mpg/109g/km for the TwinAir and MultiJet engines respectively.

Both models feature larger bumpers and additional protective cladding, skid plates, roof rails, 15in alloy wheels and a raised ride height.

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13 December 2012

My favourite little 4x4.

Cyborg

13 December 2012

A 4wd for this price sounds like a no-brainer. Curiously the petrol engine offers better carbon emissions. Impressive stuff. A small practical 4wd that does not cost the earth and does not fry the planet either. With emissions at 114g/km the petrol engine certinaly seems the better bet.

This Panda couldn't have come at a better time. With snow flakes dropping from heaven I am so tempted to book a test drive at my local Fiat dealer and even buy one if I can overcome the irrational but long-held mistrust of Italian cars in terms of reliability.

13 December 2012

I suppose the Fiat's only competitor is the Suzuki Jimny in the small 4 x 4 class.

The Jimny starts from £12k through £12.9k to £13.8k for the auto version all with the 1300 petrol engine although emmissions are high at 162-167 g/km.

I suppose the Suzuki would be better in the rough with its bigger wheels and height but worse on road.

maxecat

13 December 2012

You get a lot more Dacia Duster for less money

14 December 2012

artill wrote:

You get a lot more Dacia Duster for less money

Very true and probably yet get a dash more ability off road, however, there is something about this car that appeals on a very different level.

It's not about ability, it's about good old fashioned kerb side appeal which the Panda has spades, far more than both the Duster and Jimny.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

14 December 2012

The Jimny is probably a worse drive on road but far better off. It is bulletproof as well. It also looks bigger apart from boot space.

Also in 10 years time the new one will look just like your old one. There are S reg Jimkny's that look like the current Smile

 

14 December 2012

this is a very light use 4x4, not a real off reader, so Dacia Duster comparisons are far more relevant than Jimny ones. Not sure I'd want to drive for an hour on road in a Jimny....

I also reckon that the Trekking may be the Panda to go for. It is cheaper, you still get the ground clearance and the traction will be nearly as good with an ediff for what most people want (wet field, snowy roads etc). In return you will have less weight and mechanical complexity.....

 

14 December 2012

The Jimny starts from £12k through £12.9k to £13.8k for the auto version all with the 1300 petrol engine although emmissions are high at 162-167 g/km.

14 December 2012

... I'd narrowed my choice of new car down to either a Panda 4x4 or a Suzuki Ignis 4-Grip ... I went for the Suzuki as the engine had a lot more oomph ... I told the FIAT dealer I'd have opted for the Panda if only they'd put the diesel engine into it (it only had the weedy 1.2 FIRE) ...

Six years on and now we have the diesel (but only with a 5-speed box?) and the notorious TwinAir petrol engine (with a 6-speed!) complete with dubious real-world economic credentials ... Personally, I would have the diesel as that engine is a cracker ...

14 December 2012

All those people who think the Panda is no good off road (very light use 4x4 /not a real off roader / Jimny far better off road / etc.) are sorely mistaken - and I expect making an assumption based on looks rather than talking from experience.

The 1st generation Panda and the previous generation Panda Cross (diesel, locking diffs) in particular are unbelievably good off road, especially in snow and mud where they don't sink like heavier 4x4s.  The light weight, combined with the short wheelbase, means the lack of ride height is less of an issue than you'd expect - they only really start to struggle in soft sand.  The approach angle, and departure angle in particular are incredible. 

Go to tha Alps in winter, and everyone, including the police, have Panda 4x4s - not Suzuki Jimnys.

This is one car, like the Lada Niva, you would be foolish to underestimate - I've seen it embarass many a 'proper' off roader.

(P.S.  I'm not deluded.  I know it's not really the best 4x4 by far - that'd be a Landcruiser 80 series.  But it's still an amazing piece of kit.)

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