Many journalists probably passed over the Panda 4x4 at the Fiat display, but the four-wheel drive supermini caught my eye. Throughout our stay in Frankfurt we've seen hardly any SUVs out on the road for obvious reasons, but the Panda 4X4 is the type of soft-roader that makes perfect sense for the many urban areas in Europe where city streets are too narrow for the likes of normal SUVs. It measures just 11.7 ft long, 5.25 ft wide and 5.35 ft tall.
Because of its ultra small size, the Panda 4x4 does not sport a very powerful engine. There are two powerplants available, a 1.3L turbodiesel rated at just 70 bhp and a gas-powered 1.2L with peak output of 60 bhp. Don?t expect the Panda 4x4 to reach 62 mph before 18 seconds have passed, because it just won?t. What it lacks in performance, however, it makes up for with stellar fuel economy and a four-wheel drive system able to tackle those old cobble-stone roads in European cities with ease.