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Fiat PANDA HATCHBACK 0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr

Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr
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Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr
Fiat PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] 4x4 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG57.60
  • 0-62mph12.8 secs
  • Top Speed102 mph
  • C02114 g/km
  • BHP85
  • Torque107 lbs/f
  • P11D23%

Review

The Fiat Panda Wild 4x4 is an all-wheel drive version of Fiat's city car that's been beefed up and given a whole suite of very clever traction management electronics that ought to drag it out of the tightest spots. Gnarly all-terrain tyres and an elevated ride height mean that this one has genuine off-road chops. There's an even more capable 'Cross' version but here, we're looking at the more affordable 'Wild' variant.

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In its most affordable AWD form, Fiat's Panda 4x4 reprises a longstanding tradition of go-anywhere Pandas. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

The Fiat Panda makes a very good citycar. The key problem is, for Fiat at least, that there are any number of other urban scoots that do much the same. Why would you choose a Panda over, say, a Peugeot 108 or a Volkswagen up! or even a Hyundai i10? Yes, the image of studied Latin nonchalance might appeal and a base Panda sitting outside a Soho espresso bar would probably be cooler than any of the aforementioned alternatives, but where the Panda really shines, where it really becomes something special is when it sends drive to all four wheels. Fiat sells two kinds of four wheel drive Panda, a standard 'Panda Wild 4x4' and a slightly more capable 'Panda Cross 4x4'. Think of the latter as a Panda Wild 4x4 plus ten per cent. But if you don't need that extra 10% and just want to keep going in the Winter months when an ordinary small hatch couldn't, then this 'Wild' version will suit you just fine.

Driving Experience

The engine that powers the both kinds of 4WD Panda is the brand's TwinAir 0.9-litre petrol unit which manages 85bhp from its two cylinders. The main difference between the Panda Wild 4x4 and the Panda Cross 4x4 is the latter's standard 'Torque-on-Demand' transmission system - which you probably won't need unless you're planning to take this car off road. So, is this a proper 4WD vehicle that just happens to be shaped like a citycar? Or a citycar that just happens to have 4WD? If, like me, you guessed at the second option before your test drive, you'd be right. For a start, there's potentially as little as 150mm of ground clearance, so attempting the Rubicon trail in one of these would be something of a non-starter. But of course, though Fiat talks about trips to Lapland, a Paris-Dakar Rally entry and daring drives to the Mount Everest base camp, that's not what this car is really about. Let's be real here: it's a second family vehicle that'll get you just about anywhere you reasonably want to go in a snowy snap. The 4x4 system is one of those 'torque-on-demand' set-ups - which essentially means that the car will always be front-driven unless slippery conditions require that drive to the rear wheels be also brought into play, which then happens automatically without the need for any driver input. At this point, two differentials and an electronically controlled coupling take over, gradually increasing the amount of power sent to the rear wheels as conditions demand. There's also an 'ELD' or 'Electronic Locking Differential' feature you can select in really bad conditions at speeds of under 31mph by pressing a button behind the gearlever. With ELD in place, wheels with poor grip are automatically braked, while power is then simultaneously transferred to those with greater purchase. The electronics also cut in to create an anti-skid system when you're negotiating steep descents. As a result, this little thing will go much further than you might expect from something with a ride height raised by just 47mm over its standard citycar stablemate. True, it won't match a really proper SUV when the going gets especially gnarly but off the beaten track, it'll certainly embarrass a lot of compact 4x4s you'd expect to cope far better.

Design and Build

The Panda Wild 4x4 gets more restrained styling than its Cross 4x4 showroom stablemate. Compared to an ordinary Panda, there's a raised ride height, more prominent front fog lights, different front bumpers, an insert in the side skirts and 15-inch dark metal alloy wheels. Various black exterior elements, including the roof rack, side protection, door mirror housings and external handles, complete the look. Inside, this design is starting to feel its age. So there are no soft-touch plastics or soothing chrome highlights. But there's still lots of clever design. The lovely mouse-shaped handbrake lever. And the fact that if you search hard enough, you'll find no fewer than 15 different storage spaces. One of them is the roomy pocket you get on the dash ahead of the front passenger, something supposed to evoke a nod towards original Eighties Panda motoring And rear seat space? Well, I can't off hand think of many other citycar-sized hatchbacks that even attempt to carry five people in the way this Fiat tries to do. Out back, the 225-litre boot isn't bad. If you need more room and aren't using the back seat, pushing it forward frees up 870-litres.

Market and Model

The Panda Wild 4x4 costs around £16,300, around £1,700 less than the top Panda Cross 4x4. Equipment includes two-tone grey seats and an anthracite-coloured dashboard. There's also a leather steering wheel with audio controls, manual air conditioning and a 'Uconnect' infotainment system complete with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a smartphone mount installed on the dashboard. You also get roofrails, daytime running lights, front foglights, power front windows and a Hill Holder clutch to stop you from drifting backwards on uphill junctions. As for safety, twin front and curtain 'bags are standard, as are all the usual electronic assistance features for braking, traction and stability control.

Cost of Ownership

The Panda Wild 4x4 manages 37.7mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 156g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. As with all Panda 4x4s, residual values will doubtless hold up really well. The warranty is a typical three year affair but with a 100,000 mile limit that's significantly higher than some other brands will give you. The car is covered by a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty and there's 36 months of breakdown cover included as well. Servicing needn't be too costly as Fiat parts are relatively cheap. The brand also offers fixed price service plans that take care of all service charges, labour and replacement fluids. You can pick from durations that span from one to five years, with corresponding mileage from 9,000 to 45,000 miles.

Summary

It's hard not to love a 4WD Fiat Panda. On the face of it, a go-anywhere citycar seems faintly ridiculous; one of those pointless symbols of urban one-upmanship. Then you think about it a bit more and it makes all kinds of sense. If you live in the sticks and need genuine all-weather ability, what options are there other than hulking SUVs? Yes, there's a Suzuki Swif4 4GRIP but if you want something that feels as if it could survive a head-on with a badger without putting you in a wheelchair, this 4WD Panda looks a ready made answer. Even if you're not already digging in for winter, this go-anywhere little Fiat offers affordable fun for those who might just want to do a bit of green-laning of a weekend. And it's in great demand on the used market. If you want something that's fun and isn't going to put your driving licence at risk, a 4WD Panda offers a genuine alternative.

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Exterior Features
Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Solid paint
Black bodyside mouldings
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirrors
Electric front windows
Front fog lights
Rear wiper
Roof rails
Interior Features
2 rear head restraints
Air conditioning + pollen filter
Folding rear seatbacks
12V socket
Adjustable leather steering wheel with audio controls
Cloth/ECO leather upholstery
Driver's sun visor with vanity mirror
Floor mats
Front spot light with timer
Height adjustable driver's seat
High centre console
Isofix attachments on rear seats
Leather gear knob
Luggage compartment lighting
Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Wheels
Fix and go puncture repair kit
15" dark metal alloy wheels
Mud and snow tyres
Summer tyres
Driver Convenience
All wheel drive (including ELD system)
Dual drive PAS
Outside temperature display
Stop/start system
Trip computer
Entertainment
4 speakers
Bluetooth radio with Smartphone cradle, USB and AUX-in
Safety
ABS/EBD
Anti-whiplash front headrests
Brake assist function
Driver airbag
ESP + ASR + hill holder
Front passenger airbag
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Window airbags
Security
Immobiliser
Remote central locking
Technical
Raised suspension
Rear differential lock
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 129
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 167
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 166
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 875
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 2
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 80.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 86
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 8
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 7.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb 37.7
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 0.9
Badge Power 85
Coin Description TwinAir [85]
Coin Series 4x4
Generation Mark 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 7U
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 47
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 16
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 0
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 47
NCAP Safety Assist % 7
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 12.8
Engine Power - BHP 85
Engine Power - KW 63
Engine Power - RPM 5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 107
Engine Torque - MKG 14.8
Engine Torque - NM 145
Engine Torque - RPM 1900
Top Speed 102
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 175/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear 175/65 R15
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 15" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1605
Length 3686
Wheelbase 2300
Width 1672
Width (including mirrors) 1882
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 35
Gross Vehicle Weight 1550
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 870
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 225
Max. Loading Weight 500
Max. Roof Load 55
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 400
Minimum Kerbweight 1050
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 9.3

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
City brake control £285.00
Rear parking sensor £300.00
Entertainment
DAB Digital radio £100.00
Exterior Features
Dark tinted rear windows £175.00
Heated front windscreen £125.00
Metallic paint £500.00
Special solid paint £350.00
Interior Features
Auto climate control with pollen filter £300.00
Fix and fold 60/40 split folding rear seat bench with 3 seats, 3 point seatbelts and head restraints £150.00
Fix and fold rear seat bench with 3 seats, 3 point seatbelts and head restraints £100.00
Packs
Comfort kit - Panda £115.00
Safety pack - Panda £450.00
Smoker's kit £55.00
Winter pack - Panda £280.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Colosseo Grey £500.00
Metallic - Tuscany green £500.00
Solid - Ambient white FOC
Special solid - Darkwave black £350.00
Special solid - Minimal grey £350.00
Special solid - Sicilian orange £350.00
Special solid - Tango red £350.00
Safety
Side airbags £200.00
Trim
Cloth/ECO leather - Grey/Green with Grey dash FOC
Wheels
Space saver spare wheel £60.00
* option prices shown are estimated