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New Fiat Panda 4x4

Now, come on. Stop laughing at the Fiat Panda 4x4.

By Stephen Turvil
Sep 12, 2012
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Now, come on. Stop laughing at the Fiat Panda 4x4. It is not “crazy” to fit four-wheel-drive to a pint-sized supermini. Extra traction, after all, helps everyday motorists – not just those who drive up mountains in hard-core mud-plungers. Let us consider an example. Last summer, I was forced to park a two-wheel-drive car in a field. Fine, but then it rained and extracting the vehicle became harder than Grant Mitchell from Eastenders. Only my “God- like” driving and self delusion enabled me to drag it back to solid ground. Consider last winter too. The roads near my house were more slippery than an estate agent. As such, even with extreme care my car over-steered and tried to spin. Only “God-like” reflexes and opposite lock prevented this. So, even miles from mountains four-wheel-drive has its uses.

The new Fiat Panda 4x4 does not always send power equally to all four wheels, but to where it is required. This helps traction in, say, muddy fields. This complements the six- speed manual transmission that has an extra low first gear for tricky hill work. Also, the Panda 4x4 is powered by one of two engines: the 1.3-litre 74bhp diesel and the 875CC 84bhp turbocharged petrol. Both are refined and efficient. All this is wrapped-up with two special paint finishes - Sicilia Orange and Toscana Green – and three seat fabrics. These are green, beige, and orange. But really, four-wheel-drive is its main virtue and nobody will laugh at this next time it snows. The Fiat Panda 4x4 can be seen at the Paris Motor Show.

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By Stephen Turvil
Sep 12, 2012