Ten Second Review
Fiat Panda Cross Lease Review - Think of the Fiat Panda Cross 4x4 as like a more muscular Panda 4x4. But unlike some off-roaders that look rugged, the Panda Cross has substance to back up its rugged looks.
The Panda comes in two turbocharged engine choices (a 0.9-litre 2-cylinder petrol or 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel). No automatic option, here. The Panda diesel has a 5-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed manual petrol version.
The Panda Cross is both off-road and town capable. It handles nimbly enough in the city but keep in mind that its extra height means greater body roll potential, especially through tight corners. Use the Terrain Control Selector to select between three driving modes: Auto, Off-Road, and Hill Descent Control.
The Panda Cross is fairly fuel efficient at 57.6mpg (60.1mpg on the diesel model). An “Eco” button cuts engine torque to reduce fuel costs.
The boot is 225 litres big and easily accessible, thanks to a low lip height and wide opening. The rear seats are a 40:60 split but the bench doesn’t fold completely flat.
The Panda Cross’s popularity rises slowly, perhaps reflective of owners’ criticisms of below-average build quality and reliability record. But remember the fuel efficiency, in- and out-of town road capabilities, and capacious boot. Perhaps this is the 4x4 for you.