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Top 5 Tuesdays: 5 Reasons You Need the Fiat Panda 4×4

November 25, 2014

Originally entering the motorsphere back in 1983, the Fiat Panda was an exercise in innovation from the very beginning. Essentially a giant quad bike with a roof, this humble 4×4 has more than earned its share of the segment – and in today’s Fiat Panda 4×4 review, we’re going to give you just 5 of the reasons you need this boxy bad boy on your driveway.

Original image by Pleclown

Original image by Pleclown

It’s got character.

Refusing to conform to the off-road handbook, the Fiat Panda 4×4’s design is an outlandish affair – with satisfyingly chunky bumpers and bags of charm. Using the pretty Panda as a foundation, the 4×4 builds on this stylish supermini – roughening up the edges and injecting some loveable personality. Complete with side sills that tackle rocks and rough terrain, unique 15” alloys wrapped in weather-ready tyres and a choice of two stellar shades, the Fiat Panda 4×4 is practical beauty at its best.

It’s a real off-roader.

Inside the Fiat Panda 4×4, you’ll feel invincible. With a high and authoritative driving position and the off-road ability bestowed by Fiat’s four-wheel drive, this strapping city car has the credentials to tackle all kinds of tricky terrain without breaking a sweat. Factor in its raised suspension, steel bash plates and a spanking new electronic rear differential and you’ve got yourself a car born for the back roads.

It’s seriously kitted out.

Fiat’s trademark ‘squircles’ are all over the Panda 4×4 like a rash – with these lovely rounded squares adorning the Fiat’s interior. Supplementing these cheeky gimmicks, though, is a host of excellent equipment – including air con, electric heated mirrors, front fogs, remote central locking, Bluetooth and a CD stereo, which all come as standard even at entry level.

It handles like a treat.

This feisty little Fiat comes with either a 74bhp 1.3L diesel or an 84bhp 0.9L TwinAir turbo petrol unit – and the latter is one of the most uniquely charming engines we’ve encountered. The TwinAir’s easy, jaunty ride and staggering combustive charm make the Fiat Panda 4×4 a guaranteed smile-raiser, on top of being a commendably stable and capable car.

It won’t break the bank.

In spite of its all-wheel-drive, the Fiat Panda 4×4 remains an economical beast. The loveable TwinAir offers 57.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 114g/km – while the MultiJet returns 60.1mpg, emitting 125g/km of CO2. With prices starting from £13,950 for the TwinAir, the 4×4 is also a bargain buy – meaning you can get your hands on a quirky and competent off-roader without shelling out.

Original image by Surfast

Original image by Surfast

Fancy getting your hands on a Fiat Panda 4×4 if your own? We can help with that. At the Car Loan Warehouse, we’re experts in Fiat finance, and we can get you behind the wheel of a ferocious 4×4 without any hefty up-front payments. Check out our online car loan calculator today so we can get this show off road.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.