The new Panda 4×4
Well. I used to have a 1990 Fiat Panda and managed, on more than one occasion to get 3 people inside, with an old frame tent and camping gear in the boot, luggage on the spare back seat and 3 bikes on the back. You just need to be a bit more inventive. It’s easily do-able!Posted 4 years ago
I’d have one like a shot. I LOVE little Fiats. Nobody makes a better small car than Fiat IMO. 🙂rogerthecatMember
MrsCat has one – a great little car – the boot is a bit small and the rear seating is a compromise between split or bench which means 2 or 3 seats (we opted for split and 2 which has been ok). MrsCat was a midwife in the Peaks so had to get out to impending mums in all weathers and it has never let her down.
This video sold it to us:Posted 4 years ago
Panda vs Landrovercamo16Member
I’m a FIAT man – my last car was a 57 plate Panda. Ever since the Uno and Mk 1 Panda I’ve loved their small cars.
But this new Panda? Aesthetically, it seems to have been designed in some anonymous location in the Far East… with all the poise and guile of a 90s Proton… and to have none of the soul that used to be the Panda’s trademark. 🙁
I’d still love to take the 4×4 offroad though.Posted 4 years agoprojectMember
70,000 quid for a range rover, and about 10 to the gallon,expensive tyres,wheels, and parts, thats what they told me when i had one on demo on and off road.
fiat panda, cheap, cheerful, 60 mpg, and looks coolchic, along with James May off Top Gear having one, off to look at one this afternoon.
oh and members of British cycling get discounts on fiats .Posted 4 years agoMarkieMember
The Panda 4×4 looks great in every way except its Euro NCAP rating – 4 stars because of poor child safety performance. It scored 2.7 points out of 12 for the 3 year old child occupant test: “However, on rebound, the head of the dummy glanced against the rear window and the score was penalised.”…Posted 4 years agosomewhatslightlydazedMember
The boot is tiny and even with seats down and wheels off you would struggle to get a bike inside.
With wheels off and backseat down I can JUST fit a roadbike with full mudguards in the back of a 500. (the mudguards are the real pain).I would image the panda has more room in the back.
Although I would have though the best bet for the 4×4 would be a tow bar mounted rear rack.Posted 4 years agoobelixMember
Most capable off-roading small 4×4 is the Suzuki Jimny. If you’re heading over more serious terrain, the low-ratio gearbox makes all the difference. Super-reliable as well, and endlessly modifiable, modified Jimnys regularly beat modified Landy Defenders in trials events.Posted 4 years agogribbleMember
I would have one. I live in suburban Surrey and drive a BMW estate…no comment.
If I lived somewhere more out of town/tougher access, or lived in the Alps, I would look at something like a Panda 4×4 – would be mine as the wife would want something bigger. That would suit me fine, I like well designed cars. Happy to use a rear mounted or roof rack, I prefer the mud to fall off outside the car on the way home.
I think Fiat do small cars very well and I can’t quite believe in this day and age cars that can go off road are still so inefficient and expensive to buy. I like Subarus for the same reasons, i.e. they are utilitarian but are capable. Prices of Subarus are on a different level though. Unfortunately the Fiat/Jimny type vehicles are pretty rare, although as mentioned above there is a market for them.Posted 4 years ago
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