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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Just two small engines are offered in the Panda 4x4 range. The standard car uses the 1.2-litre petrol, but with just 60bhp and modest pulling power, the little unit struggles for pace and has to be worked hard. It's not as noticeable in town, but on major roads it feels distinctly underpowered with 0-62mph taking a very leisurely 20 seconds. The Panda Cross, launched in late 2008, is fitted with a 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel which is much better - if only because it doesn't need to be revved as hard thanks to more low down pulling power.

With 70bhp it's marginally faster, covering the 0-62mph benchmark in 18 seconds. Fuel economy is good too with 54mpg achievable, compared to 43mpg in the petrol.

While the standard Fiat Panda is nimble and agile on the road, the Panda 4x4 suffers due to its raised ride height and taller suspension. The ride is very bouncy and there's too much body roll in corners which can be uncomfortable for passengers. Thanks to the four-wheel drive system there is good traction though and plenty of grip from the high profile tyres.

Ride quality is good too with Panda 4x4 able to soak up bumps with minimal fuss. Off road the little Fiat is surprisingly capable with an ability that belies its small size and modest power. There are no clever off-road gadgets or low-range transfer boxes, instead it uses an automatic 4x4 system. It is front-wheel drive in normal use, but in slippery conditions up to half of the drive can be sent to the rear wheels.