First drive review: Fiat Panda 4x4

James Batchelor
First drive review: Fiat Panda 4x4
First drive review: Fiat Panda 4x4

Just in time for the big freeze, Fiat has put on sale the third-generation of an icon - the Panda 4x4. AOL Cars gave it a real workout.

What is it?

It's the third iteration of a real workhorse. Since its introduction 29 years ago, the Panda 4x4 has been universally accepted as a highly capable 4x4 but free from the pretentious image typically associated with off-roaders. The new car has all the quirks and commodities you'd expect from a normal Panda, but it has been mated to a permanent four-wheel-drive system with two differentials and an electronically-controlled coupling, hooked up to an electronic control unit. It's also been jacked up by 50mm. Despite its ability and obvious charm, Fiat doesn't expect it to be a big seller - just 600 units are predicted to be sold in 2013.