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Appearance – 4 points (out of 5 possible).
Dynamics – 4.
Road holding and handling – 4.
Comfort and equipment – 4.
Safety and security – 3.
Quality and reliability – 3.
Interior space and practicality – 4.
Economy – 4.
Fiat panda 4×4 review:
The first mini-car FIAT with all drive wheels appeared more than three decades ago.
The Italian concern has always succeeded in small cars – namely small ones, starting with Topolino and the legendary 600 and 500 models.
So the modern Fiat 500 has won recognition not only in Europe, but also overseas.
And now European dealers are offering the 3rd generation Panda 4×4: a unique “sport utility vehicle” (SUV), which in the size class A once, twice – and missed.
By the way, the new Panda 4×4 was awarded the honorary title of SUV of the Year 2012 – from the jury of the authoritative publication TopGear.
Fiat panda 4×4 reviews below (video from TopGear and AutoExpress)
Apparently, and indeed an interesting little car, which is worth getting to know better.
Sports business executive
Externally, the all-wheel drive Panda differs little from the standard model with front-wheel drive. The roofline goes 47mm higher – plus reinforced bumpers and side trims.
The designers of FIAT Centro Stile tried with modest means to give the 5-door car the look of a real off-road vehicle – albeit a small one. And I must say, it worked.
The Panda 4×4 is marketed as a 4-seater “sport utility”, and four adults can actually get some sort of a Fiat cabin. The front is quite free, while in the 2nd row it is cramped for tall passengers.
It is convenient for teenagers there, and for adults it is better to sit in the front seats.
In the interior design, the difference with the front-wheel drive version is difficult to catch: the same not quite round steering wheel, and the gearshift lever sticks out obliquely from the center console. Recognizable features.
The interior is designed simply and rationally, the quality of the finishing plastics is utilitarian – as expected from a small class “sports executive”.
The front seats are adjustable not only longitudinally, but also in height, while the steering wheel is adjustable only in tilt angle (but not in reach).
The boot capacity when fully seated in the seats is small – only 225 liters (VDA). But if you fold the backs of the rear seats, the loading space is much larger.
Practical – although divisible (60/40) backrests are available only in the optional Pack Flex package (for 515 euros), while the “staff” does not have such luxury.
The Panda 4×4 is not a cheap car, and the infotainment and comfort kit is not poor at all.
So, in the “state” of the radio-stereo Interscope (CD / MP3 player) for 6 speakers, air conditioning, front power windows, exterior mirrors with an electric drive.
In addition, “climate control” (310 euros) and leather upholstery of the “steering wheel” are offered for a surcharge.
Moreover, the optional Pack Techno package for 515 euros includes a multifunctional steering wheel, Tom Tom navigation and Bluetooth support (as part of the Blue & Me proprietary communication system).
If desired, it is not difficult to pack as it should.
The panda’s 4×4 safety equipment is also all right. In the cabin there are front “airbags” and “curtains” for windows, belts with pretensioners and force limiters, as well as other means of protecting the driver and passengers.
By the way, the new Panda has already earned 4 stars in the impact tests according to the EuroNCAP method. I didn’t pull out excellently, but “good” is not bad at all.
Although a small “sports manager”, it is quite safe in life.
Engine and transmission
European car reviewers have run in the “panda” in versions with both power units. And I must say, the minicar TwinAir Turbo left the best impressions. The petrol 8-valve is perfectly balanced (2 balance shafts) and willingly turns to the “red zone”. Moreover, the high-torque and elastic engine is competently coordinated with the 6-speed manual gearbox, which is distinguished by selective clarity of switching. A successful power unit is for nothing that there are only a couple of cylinders.
The diesel MultiJet did not disappoint either: it pulls in a wide rev range – and uses fuel in moderation. At the same time, the turbodiesel clearly lacks the 6th gear, which would allow to lower the shaft speed at “cruising” speeds. And so MultiJet works on long-distance flights quite noisy – somewhere even annoying. It is clear that the Panda 4×4 is not a sprinter at all – neither with one nor the other of the engines. And yet the car is lively and agile in real time – especially with the 2-cylinder TwinAir Turbo. It looks even more dynamic in life than press releases promise.
And in high-speed maneuvering, the all-wheel drive “panda” looks pretty decent: a smart kid. Of course, in bends, the “sport-business executive” raised above the road lurches noticeably, and therefore the car’s reactions are slightly delayed.
The steering wheel with the electric servo booster is light (especially in City mode) and “empty”, but in general the situation is no worse than that of compacts even of a higher class. Certainly not a sports hatchback, but in terms of road holding and handling, the Panda 4×4 is quite on par. Allows you to steer for your pleasure.
In fact, the suspension of the small SUV is tuned in a sporty way, but not at the expense of smoothness. That is, although the Panda 4×4 rolls harshly, there is no buildup on bumps, as well as breakdowns to the limiters. Quite a smooth ride for a car of this class – and not only on the highway with improved surface. Comfort for four.
On top of that, the all-wheel drive Fiat is endowed with a certain “off-road” potential, which, perhaps, not every motorist will dare to fully mobilize. In any case, moving on a broken dirt road and loose snow is quite realistic – although one should not exaggerate the capabilities of the “panda”.
The fact is that the “sport-business executive” has little ground clearance: only 15 cm in the version with the Twinair Turbo engine and 16 cm in the version with the MultiJet turbodiesel. Naturally, the smallest clearance under the rear final drive housing, since the transmission shaft runs under the swinging cross member. Oddly enough, the front-wheel drive Panda Trekking has a higher clearance.
The landing behind the wheel of the “sport-business executive” is slightly raised – and the all-round visibility is decent. The front seats are comfortable and give the body a tangible lateral support (although someone will probably be disappointed by the impossibility of adjusting the steering wheel for flight).
The quality of manufacture and assembly of the car is quite satisfactory, as well as dense soundproofing of the cabin. Not a bad level. According to the impressions from close acquaintance, the new Panda 4×4 is suitable for the role of an everyday vehicle for the inhabitants of the metropolis. You will not get bored with the all-wheel drive “bear”.
If we express the impressions of the observers in points, then the layout for the 4×4 “panda” is as follows:
Appearance – 4 points (out of 5 possible). The design is straightforward, but the new Fiatic is not devoid of a peculiar charm. Just right for a small SUV; “OK”.
Dynamics – 4. The throttle response of the 4×4 “panda” with the petrol TwinAir Turbo is quite satisfactory – and the 6-speed “stick” works as it should. The MultiJet turbodiesel is not so much fun, but still “good” overall.
Road holding and handling – 4. Although the car, raised above the road, rolls noticeably in turns, the Panda 4×4 looks better in high-speed maneuvering than a small SUV would expect. “Good”.
Comfort and equipment – 4. The stroke of the 4×4 “panda” is harsh, but quite smooth. “Standard” infotainment and comfort equipment is not poor – plus paid options; “OK”.
Safety and security – 3. The Panda 4×4 has already earned 4 stars in EuroNCAP impact tests. The safety precautions of a small “sports manager” are more or less at the level. “Satisfactorily”.
Quality and reliability – 3. The reputation of the FIAT models is far from brilliant, but according to the impressions of observers, the workmanship and build quality of the 4×4 panda is not bad. Overall “satisfactory”.
Interior space and practicality – 4. When fully seated, the luggage compartment of the FIAT “sports manager” is small, but when the second row seats are folded, the loading space increases significantly. Small multi-purpose vehicle; “OK”.
Economy – 4. The Panda 4×4 is fuel efficient – both with turbo diesel and petrol TwinAir Turbo. Maintenance and repair costs are low; “OK”.
The overall score is 4 points (out of 5 possible). The Panda 4×4 looks good not only on improved road surfaces, but also on dirt roads and loose snow. Multipurpose toddler.
Verdict: Recommended. The versatility and everyday practicality makes the small “business manager” attractive for a small family with children.
A 4×4 “panda” is assembled at the FIAT Auto plant in the city of Pomigliano d’Arco – not far from Naples.