Fiat Panda 4x4 hatchback: well equipped but a bit pricey

What the motoring press is saying about Fiat Panda 4x4 hatchback

LAST UPDATED AT 13:35 ON Thu 20 Dec 2012

Price: £14,000

Pros: Impressive drive: on and off road, well equipped, good looking

Cons: A little expensive, limited rear legroom, 4x4 system increases running costs

4/5, Carbuyer
"Fiat remains the only carmaker to squeeze a full-time four-wheel drive system into a supermini. As well having 4x4, the Panda gets 47mm extra ground clearance over the standard Panda, plus some chunkier bumpers, making it look like a baby Land Rover. There's a choice of petrol or diesel engines and, if you like the off-road looks but need to keep costs in check, there's a front-wheel drive model called the Panda Trekking that is cheaper both to buy and run. The Panda Trekking sits above the regular Panda range, with the Panda 4x4 higher still, so prices for these models are higher than the rest of the range. However, the list of standard equipment is also quite high to reflect this."

4/5, Auto Express
"The new Panda 4x4 is a worthy range-topper for the city car range. And when combined with the TwinAir engine, it certainly offers a driving experience that's full of character and just a bit different from the supermini norm. However, the four-wheel-drive system isn’t totally necessary unless you live in a field, so the 4x2 Panda Trekking, which has the same features but is front-wheel drive only, could be a better option. The cheaper, larger Dacia Duster also arrives in UK showrooms just in time for winter, too. But, that said, a Panda 4x4 would embarrass a number of much more expensive current SUVs both on road and off it."

4/5, Parker's
"Brilliant off-road, loaded with kit, competitive pricing, only 4x4 city car in its sector. Chunky styling will not suit all tastes, and not as fun to drive as a Ford KA. The Fiat Panda 4x4 certainly looks good on paper: the interior is bigger and there is more luggage space than before, while the build quality is much improved." · 

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