The Panda Cross looks unique, thanks to a silver skidplate and high-set front fog lights, so you aren’t plunged into darkness every time you wade through water. Smart 15-inch burnished alloy wheels, oversized all-season Mud+Snow tyres, special Cross side mouldings and a raised ride height complete the ultimate-adventure Panda.
Full-time four-wheel drive brings added traction in all weather conditions, with three selectable drive modes: auto (which disengages four-wheel drive when not needed, to save fuel); off-road (for power to all four wheels); and Hill Descent Control. It’s hard to stop, with excellent ground clearance and approach, ramp and departure angles of 24°, 21° and 34° respectively.
The five-door Panda Cross offers great access to every seat, with an upright position ensuring you have a good view. Fittingly for outdoor adventures, the seats are upholstered in an iridescent natural fabric, with the side bolsters in brown eco-leather. The dashboard has a metallic finish, too, with the instrument bezels and centre console in satin-finished titanium.
The trademark ‘squircle’ shape of the headlights is echoed throughout the cabin, which boasts 14 storage compartments. The leather gear knob and steering wheel add a touch of luxury - as does automatic climate control. And you can adjust the height of the driver’s seat to ensure you get the perfect seating position.
Tackling tricky off-road tracks, you need the reassurance of power to get you out of sticky situations. Which is exactly what the Panda Cross has.
Choose the 90bhp TwinAir petrol with a six-speed manual gearbox, or a torquey 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel with 94bhp. Both have CO2 emissions under 118g/km to keep tax bills low, and fuel consumption is unexpected parsimonious. Even the thirstier engine – the petrol variant, is rated to achieve an impressive 57mpg.
Your Panda Cross comes with a Uconnect radio that lets you set the perfect soundtrack to every adventure. Connect your phone wirelessly via Bluetooth and take calls safely on the go, and use the integrated cradle so your phone can double as a satellite navigation system.
The Panda Cross is safe too, thanks to standard twin front, side and window airbags. You’ll also find a tyre pressure monitoring system, Electronic Stability Programme and Hill Hold function, and you can add City Brake Control to prevent low-speed impacts while driving in town.
Head to Snows Fiat in Sarisbury Green, Southampton & Newport on the Isle of Wight to learn more about the cheeky Fiat Panda Cross. Contact a member of the team today to arrange a test drive and discuss the latest offers.