Amazing and economical small 4×4 Fiat Panda has been exploring our mountains without problems and in all weather conditions for more than 40 years. In addition to the Panda 4 × 4 rustic first generation, the second generation is equally powerful. Depending on use and budget, there are second-hand models in excellent condition for under €5,000. The price increases depending on the year of course and mileage. But it is not unusual to find a Fiat Panda 4 × 4 from 2010, with a petrol engine 1.2l and 60hp for less than 5000 €. And for more savings it is possible to put an E85 kit on it. What largely split the gasoline bill. So you are interested in this reliable, durable, efficient and economical small 4×4?
Three generations of Fiat Panda
The Fiat Panda arrived on the market in the early 1980s. It was like our 2cv but arrived on the other side of the Alps. The little Italian is presented as a small city car, even its utility goes beyond that. His success is fast and despite the not very attractive style. But it is cheap to buy, economical to maintain and reliable. It is often the car that we buy by default, but happily accept later.
Fiat Panda 4 × 4 was released in June 1983 with an increase in ground clearance of five centimeters. Tires also get wider from 135 to 145 mm. Its flagship task would be to participate in the highly publicized Paris-Dakar of 1984. But it is in all the mountains of Europe that the Panda 4 × 4 has been broken. It is small, light, reliable, compact and fast.
This first generation of Panda will be modified twice in 1986 and 1992. In 2003 it is Panda II with which we find immediate success. More feline with smooth lines, it retains its advantages of simplicity, price and reliability. This generation will also be available in a 4×4 version, this is the model in our photo.
Since January 2012 it is the Panda III version that we find on our roads
Why choose Panda 4 × 4 in the mountains?
In the mountains there are two groups of 4×4. big shiny Pseudo 4×4 SUVs for vacation or second home, and small 4×4 efficient mountain dwellers (Lada Niva, Suzuki Jimny, Fiat Panda 4×4, Dacia Duster, etc.). In the mountains as in the Far West, the earth is divided into two groups. Those who buy life in the mountains, and those who live in the mountains. And for those who live in the mountains, the Fiat Panda 4×4 is the perfect vehicle. First of all, it is not expensive. The dweller of the mountain has no great way, and does not attach himself to the vanity of consumers. The car must bring from point A to B by any route or road taken. And it doesn’t matter if a slightly protruding rock will scratch or step on the car. It should be effective on the road or in the mud when you have to cut wood, or under the snow when you have to go out of the valley.
In the secondary market, Fiat Panda 4 × 4 generation 2 offers a good compromise. For less than 5000 €, it is better than the first generation, and it is stable and reliable. With a small 1.2l engine and 60hp, fuel consumption is satisfactory. Of course it must not be comfortable on the highway. With the increase in fat, fat Fiat Panda E85 exchange is equal to economic use.
Electric Fiat Panda for the fourth generation
The handsome Italian doesn’t want to bury the Fiat Panda in a power supply hotel. The manufacturer would like to present the fourth generation Fiat Panda based on the Centiventi concept. A Electric Fiat Panda faithful to the property of its success between simplicity, modesty, reliability and price.