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Fiat panda 4x4
The panda 4x4 ideas has been around for a while now having started on the original panda back many decades ago. The idea was simple a small cheap car that could go anywhere and it worked. In most vineyards in Italy there will be a old panda 4x4 one knocking around.As it happens the alpine police liked them to because of the light weight good ground clearance and much more. So the panda 4x4 was the car of choice.
So then how good is it now? The panda is now in its third generation and has had some drastic changes made to it. Gone is the cheap simple design instead a rather odd cubed themed car every thing from the wing mirrors to the dials is in the shape of a cube. You may be thinking ahh excellent gone are the scratch plastics the useless heater buttons. In place of this is a pleasant interior. However a basic normal panda costs £500 more than a up! Exclamation mark indeed. Nearly £2000 more then the previous model ouch. The 4x4 models start at almost £15,000 that's as more that a top spec Dacia duster.
So then the big question the one you have been waiting for is it available in horrible brown? No it is not. However it it available in an excellent green is that good enough to for you?
Another small question people who are buying this car may ask is it any good?
Well in short yes. Yes the panda may cost a lot for how big it is but I think it is worth that amount of money especially with the 0.9 twinair engine which at 6,500 rpm sounds like a herd of angry wasps or a really annoying motorcycle engine depending nag on your hearing. The panda 4x4 rides well over bumps and attempts to remaining composed through bends however the body role and the soft suspension don't make it a drivers car. However the panda more that makes up for this s by being very characterful all the floors suddenly turn in to positives.
So in short this is a cheap to run characterful car and it is the only very small off-road car. So if you want a very narrow small 4x4 you have one choice. The Fiat Panda 4x4.
Honestly much better than I was expecting when it was first passed down to me in the family!
Definite plus points for me is that it has low running costs, it's fairly economical (usually average around the 45mpg mark) and also relatively cheap to insure, which has been a huge bonus given my age when I got it. For a small 'city' car I've found it handles well, is fun to drive and it's been fairly robust despite me hammering it on motorways and spending a lot of time on country lanes!
Given it's size, I always manage to cram loads into the car - I find it's a bit of a tardis in that respect. Not great for passenger leg-room though!
It's nippy enough around and about, and dead easy to park due to its size and light steering (extra light with 'city function' if you're in a really tight spot!). Not great on hills or cruising/top speed, but then you can't expect too much from a 1.1 litre engine!
I haven't had any major issues in the 4 years I've had mine, but the brake discs/liners do seem to be a bit of a weak point.
Interior is not the best - cheap looking, flimsy and not very hard-wearing. But again, for the cost of the car and what it is ideally designed for, it's good enough.
Overall I've been pleasantly surprised with the Panda and although it's maybe not the most stylish car to be seen in, it has been a very good little run around.
I bought my car when it was 9 months old in 2006 from a fiat dealer it had low mileage and had been well looked after by a fiat employee. It has been very economical and reliable and suited my job as a community health worker. It is starting to wear out a bit as its getting on and I've done a heck of a lot of miles in it. For its size it has a lot of room due to the high roof and boxy shape. It has a comfortable driving position being quite high. The four doors are really useful and as there are four they are not very wide and this makes it easier to get in and out of when parked in a tight space in the supermarket. Other people cut me up and try and overtake me due to the rather 'granny car' appearance of the panda. I am a confident driver and do not drive like a granny! Having said that I think the Fiat Panda is the perfect car for the elderly driver due to its design and fuel efficiency. I plan to change the car soon as I am starting my own gardening business and need something larger for my equipment.
Small practical little 4x4. Can seat 4, but not much boot space. Cheap to run and service parts are reasonably cheap. Fairly easy to maintain by the competent DIY'er with adequate toolbox. So far it has been very reliable.
Performance, only a 1.2 with 60 bhp, so not powerful, usually averages around 42 mpg, it can achieve 45 if driven conservatively, but if pushed hard and at high speed on motorways fuel consumption will drop to 37-38.
Comfort, it is a small cheap car, but does the job for short local journeys. Although I have just done a 2,300 mile round trip to Scandinavia, averaging 42 mpg without any problems.
Car came with all-season tyres, I find they are wearing reasonably well, expecting to get around 20,000 miles from a set.
In the snow and on muddy ground this vehicle is increadible, partly due to the 4x4 system and the all-season tyres. It is not a mud plugger tho'.
For a small 4x4 it does the job.
Living in the lakes a 4x4 can be necessary if you need to be somewhere when the winter weather turns nasty. Although a large Land Rover type vehicle is ideal for these occasions as a practical daily drive they are both expensive and somewhat cumbersome. The Panda however is both cheep to run and yet still more than capable of dealing with 99% of winter weather.
Inside its nicely laid out with a simple uncluttered dash, and ample space for two adults. Naturally bring powered by a small 1200 cc engine it's performance for motorway travel is limited but it is more than adequate for my needs. Its comfortable enough to make the 65 mile commute to and from work a breeze, although extra time has to be added in comparison to my summer choice of vehicle (A 1200cc BMW motorbike.
Over all I highly recommend the Panda 4x4 as an alternative to a large 4x4 Chelsea tractor if all you need one for is road use in rural winter conditions.
I have been a driver for many years, this is the first time I have had a Fiat Panda. It suits my needs perfectly - is economical to run, has surprisingly generous space (I regularly drive with 3 large cat carriers and a birdcage in the body of the car) for bulk shopping and can turn and/or park on a sixpence, as they used to say...it has been extremely reliable, has coped excellently with the vagaries of the Scottish Winter climate and very early morning starts (no problem), also was parked outside my house on the road over last year's very bad winter for 4 months of ice & snow, as I was unable to drive for that time - when I was finally able to get out & about again it started 1st time. Very reliable small car, I will be buying Fiat Panda again when it is time to change due to car's age. Excellent wee car.
For a cheap to buy, cheap to run car it is very practical, and surprisingly good on long journeys for the overall driving experience.
Performance is not important in a car like this but with a heavy load long uphill stretches require lots of downshifting.
Back seat comfort is minimal and legroom is poor.
Road noise is always present but one gets used to it.
The skinny tyres do not offer much grip in poor conditions; I use winter tyres and they help, particularly in standing water.
All round vision is excellent.
Driver controls are well placed, although minimal.
Brakes are a little underpowered (drums on back) and I always feel I'd like more assistance in an emergency stop.
I would buy another but would probably trade up to a better spec.
I love this car(as a sporty little car)It performs excellently for its engine size,goes like something off a shovel when you need it to(sport button switched on)mainly because of its lightweight size,however because of this(it weighs less than 1000kg)i also find it frightening in wet weather as it tends to aquaplane and drift very easily.
As i am getting on towards 60 years old i feel i am pushing myself and the car to our limits in a fun filled frightful but exciting drive each time,i feel compelled to drive the vehicle as it was intended to be driven, so because of this and its lack of carrying capacity/impractability(for my needs)i do intend to change it for something less sporty and more carrying capacity.
Great little car. Easy to fit in all the things I need to transport, including large items over to my allotments, yet comfortable enough to take elderly relatives to hospital appointments. Nippy around the town and the petrol seems to last for ages. That's the only thing I would complain about. The petrol filler cap is a real menace both to unlock and lock. I hope more modern versions have been improved. This was such a well-known problem that a man approached me in the petrol station offering help because I had a Fiat! I had a cinquecento before, where filling it was no problem. However, I would recommend ownership of a Panda to my friends, as it has never (so far, fingers crossed) let me down.
i've had my fiat panda for nearly 6 years now and it has never let me down, not once! i don't do a lot of mileage but i have been on long journeys and it is so comfortable to drive, i feel like i'm sitting upright so my back doesn't ache when i get to my destination! i love the way the back seat just flips over to make the boot area much bigger! it's fast enough to pull away from junctions etc, doesn't lag behind at all even though it's a small engine, though if you're looking for something super quick then this is not the car for you!! and it's very economical. i would be happy to recommend the fiat panda to anyone looking to buy a small car! i'm as happy with it now as i was on the day i bought it.
Nice enough car with reasonable costs but I found the finish and build quality rather poor. It is however really nice to drive and with good amount of space, suitable for most things.
It is a cheaper car to purchase and perfectly good for it's cost but I would prefer to have a more sturdy and better quality finish.
Easy to drive and park with it's City setting to lighten the steering, which is already very light.
Some good features included, such as rear wiper automatically coming on hen put into reverse and front wiper on, but some features lacking I would expect as a normal part of a modern car, such as rear parcel shelf automatically dropping when back door shut.
I do however recommend it
I do very little driving these days (about 3000 miles a year!), but when I do, I want to be able to sit fairly high so I can see the road and park easily if I have to. The Fiat Panda suits my needs perfectly, especially compared to the behemoth Mitsubishi I had been driving. It is certainly nippy enough to hold its own on the motorway, big enough to hold my weekly shopping or transport three friends in bearable comfort. While it was under warranty the driver's side door lock failed, but it was fixed promptly and courteously at the dealer. Otherwise I have had no problems. It is just the right size for me, yet I don't feel like an old lady driving it!
I have owned three of this particular model over the past 10 years, none of them have ever let me down, running costs are low, performance good even on German motorways, petrol consumption overall 56.8 mpg over 90,000 miles, can get up to 68 mpg on long run with savvy driving. No complaints, would buy it again. If you are a boy racer or need to have a flash set of wheels to boost your self-esteem, get the chip off your shoulder, or compensate for phallic under-achievement, buy something else and pay 3 times as much.
This is the third Fiat Panda I've owned, the second from new. I commute around 80 miles a day, both urban and motorway conditions, and I have found the car very comfortable and easy to manoeuvre in what can be very stressful driving conditions (both the road and the weather). It suits my needs as a small car - it is fine just for me but also can take four people quite comfortably and there is a surprising amount of room in the boot. When I need a new car, I will definitely be looking to replace it with another Panda.
Sensible little car with reasonable running costs ideal for to/from work driving. Has good size load space when back is flattened out.
Not ideal on motorways as tends not to be seen and limited engine size doesn't have much extra pulling power. Seats can be uncomfortable on longer journeys (after an hour my back starts to hurt due to lack of lumber support).
It's never let me down in 5 years of use and is just about to reach 50k miles only reason to get rid would be if a repair cost more than the car is worth.
It's too early to judge such things as reliability in the long term and devaluation but in the short time I have had the car, I'm thrilled. It does everything I want it to do. It's economical, easy to handle, responsive, good visibility: a delight.
My only criticism so far would be the boot. The seats do not go down to leave a flat, or even nearly flat, floor making transporting anything larger than the small space at the back would allow rather difficult.
This is the second Panda I have had and I haven't been disappointed. The seats are extremely comfortable and the seat position is high so , as someone who has back trouble, there is no bending to get into the car. The drive is very smooth and steady. The last Panda was really good in snowy conditions - even without winter tyres. I like too, on this model, the petrol tank with no separate cap . So much easier. I will certainly be buying a Fiat Panda again.
I mostly use a car for the weekly shop, with an occasional trip to the airport (55 miles away) or a nearby town. The car's size and comfort are just right for me, with the boot holding exactly the number of shopping bags I usually fill. It has never given me a problem since a very early under-warranty failure of the door lock. The driving position is adjustable and therefore high enough for short people like me. Very happy with this car!
The panda is a practical shopping trolley of a car. The twin air is fast enough and acceleration is satisfactory. It is easy to access both front and rear seats but load space is very limited. I have made journeys of up to 200 miles without feeling discomfort but motorways can try patience. For the type of driving I do, rural roads and minor A roads, it does all I wish of it.
I am very comfortable in this car even though it is by no means a luxury car: it has a relatively high driving position and is easy to get in and out of. I do very low mileage (@1200 a year) and have never had any battery problems or others that plague short distance drivers like me. It's peppy on the motorway and nippy in town. I would definitely buy another one.