Fiat Panda 4X4 is 2012 SUV of the Year

Fiat Panda 4X4 SUV has received its first notable magazine award. Bestowed by the prestigious 2012 BBC Top Gear Awards and named at the ‘SUV…

Fiat Panda 4X4 SUV has received its first notable magazine award. Bestowed by the prestigious 2012 BBC Top Gear Awards and named at the ‘SUV of the Year’ by this distinguished magazine, is a feather in its cap. By receiving this award, it has superseded many more capable and more expensive vehicles in its category, surpassing them all due to its enhanced drivability, comforts and off road capabilities.

Fiat Panda SUV 4X4 is fitted with a two cylinder 0.9 liter TwinAir engine which is mated to a six speed manual transmission and a short first gear which contributes to its first rate off road traction and enhanced grip while tackling gradients. The SUV has superb ground clearance and an outstanding electronic traction system, as per inputs received from Top Gear judging panel.

Panda 4X4 is available with a 1.3 liter MultiJet 2 turbo diesel engine and a TwinAir petrol unit. It features standard safety facilities such as Start/Stop and Gear Shift Indicator along with ESP stability control, ELD locking differential and passenger and window airbags while it offers enhanced fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. Pricing starts at £14,000.

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NEW PANDA 4×4 TAKES TOP HONOUR: SUV OF THE YEAR

The new Fiat Panda 4×4 has scooped its first major magazine award.

The latest four-wheel drive version of Fiat’s hugely popular Panda city car has just been named SUV of the Year in the prestigious 2012 Top Gear Awards. The award’s judges put the new all-terrain Panda ahead of many very capable – and far more expensive – competitors, particularly praising its ride, comfort and off-road ability.

Special mention is made of the new Panda’s award-winning two-cylinder 0.9-litre TwinAir engine which is coupled, in this instance, with a manual six-speed transmission and a short first gear to give excellent off-road traction and phenomenal grip on slopes.

“It’s good off-road. Sure, it might not have fancy locking diffs, but there’s a clever electronic traction system, ample ground clearance and a low first gear,” says the Top Gear judging panel.

“Traction on slopes is remarkable, partly because the tyres are suitable, and partly because the Panda is light enough that there isn’t much gravitational pull to defy. But it’s got other talents. Long motorway hauls aren’t torture if you opt for the six-speed TwinAir version.”

“This is the third edition of an outstanding car that has sold more than 6.5 million examples, and the 4×4 version has always been an important part of the mix,” says Elena Bernardelli, marketing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK Ltd. “Already we are receiving great reports from the media and plenty of interest from customers.

“And to receive such an important award for Panda 4×4 is fantastic news – especially when the recognition comes from such an influential organisation. I hope this is the first of many more honours for Panda 4×4.”

Available with a 1.3-litre MultiJet 2 turbo diesel engine as well as the petrol TwinAir unit, the new Fiat Panda 4×4 features, as standard, Start&Stop and Gear Shift Indicator (GSI) for greater economy. The car returns 60.1mpg (MultiJet 2) and 57.6mpg (TwinAir) on the official Combined Cycle, while CO2 is just 125 g/km (MultiJet 2) and 114 g/km (TwinAir).

Starting at under £14,000 the Panda 4×4 represents superb value for money, especially when a huge standard equipment list is taken into account. This includes air conditioning, ESP stability control, ELD locking differential, smoked finish 15-inch alloy wheels, driver, passenger and window airbags, height-adjustable driver’s seat, radio/CD/MP3 with six speakers, and protective side mouldings.

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