Fiat Panda CrossAugust 8, 2008
The Fiat Panda 4×4 is at last available in the UK with a diesel engine, and it’s had a design makeover to go with it, along with a new name – the Cross.
The 70 bhp 1.3 16v MultiJet turbodiesel engine allows the 4×4 Panda to manage 54.3mpg combined and CO2 emissions of 136g/km. This makes the Cross the lowest emission 4×4 available in the UK. Only recently the new Subaru Legacy Outback diesel won this crown, so it shows how quickly the class-leaders can change – although the Outback is a much larger class of car.
The diesel engine is much better suited to this car than the petrol engine in the Panda 4×4, and it can even squeeze 67.3mpg from the extra-urban cycle, and 42.1mpg on the urban cycle.
The Cross has a permanent four-wheel drive system with new design features that set it apart from the two wheel drive version, including new round light units front and rear, chunky side protection strips in contrasting colours, roof-bars, 15-inch alloy wheels and new bumpers,
The new Panda Cross permanent four-wheel drive system has a viscous coupling and an electronic differential lock which, with MacPherson front and independent rear suspension, ensures good off-road performance.
The car’s standard equipment list includes ESP, air conditioning, radio and MP3-compatible CD player with steering wheel audio controls, and electric power steering. A new colour is available, Rain Dance Green, which joins the existing Goa Orange, Cumbia Beige and Crossover Black.
The Panda Cross costs just £11,995 making it the cheapest new diesel 4×4 available in the UK.