2015 Fiat Panda Cross Review

2015 Fiat Panda Cross, is here. The new Fiat Panda Cross is a harder brother or sister to the currently remarkably tough little Fiat Panda 4×4. It’s not an originality; much like the previous-generation Panda Cross of 2006, Fiat’s taken the Panda 4×4 and also machoed it up with chunkier bumpers, plastic skid plates, red tow hooks and also increased fog lights. You wouldn’t call it rather, yet it’s obtained character by the bagful and also a particular Tonka Toy charm.

Expect to pay around ₤ 1650 more for a Panda Cross compared to you would for a regular Panda 4×4 currently. Inquiry is, should you?
Are all the modifications making a 2015 Fiat Panda Cross just cosmetic?

No, there are various upgrades to create certain the Cross could trek the hike. Ground clearance has been hit up, the springtimes are different as well as those reshaped bumpers make for more suiting method and separation angles- slopes as serious as 70 % are possible, claims Fiat.

On both petroleum as well as diesel variations the intake air ducts have actually risen on the planet to enable a further wading depth, steel underbody guards ward off damages from pointier little bits of landscapes and the tyres have been swapped for knobblier mud and also snow rubber.

2015 Fiat Panda Cross Review

2015 Fiat Panda Cross

2015 Fiat Panda Cross

Like the regular Panda 4×4, an electronic locking differential helps discover traction on loose or slippery surfaces but the Cross also obtains a couple of added digital tricks up its sleeve.

A new ‘Surface Control Selector’- a rotary dial behind the gearlever- provides you a choice of three driving methods: Automobile, Off-Road and also Hill Descent Control.

Car is the default setup, as well as makes its very own decision about whether the engine’s torque is sent out to the front or back axles. In regular driving conditions, 98 % of torque visits the front wheels yet if the Panda sheds traction the system is designed to direct around 100 % to the back in a tenth of a second if required.

2015 Fiat Panda Cross

2015 Fiat Panda Cross

In Off-Road method, all 4 wheels are driven regularly (as much as 30mph, anyhow– past that the car goes back to front-drive method to conserve gas, in case you forget to change back to Vehicle method), the securing diff is involved as well as the stability control system brakes sliding wheels to aid find grip on unequal or low-grip surfaces.

Hillside Origin Control safely manages the car’s rate down steep inclines– more on that particular in a little bit.
What engines are available for the 2015 Fiat Panda Cross ?

2015 Fiat Panda Cross

2015 Fiat Panda Cross

Like the regular Panda 4×4, a straightforward option in between Fiat’s 1.3-litre ‘MultiJet’ diesel or titchy 0.9-litre two-cylinder turbo ‘TwinAir’ gasoline. Both have had a small improvement in power, so the diesel now produces 89bhp as well as the TwinAir 79bhp.

Fiat asserts average fuel intake of over 57mpg for the TwinAir (best of luck) and also 60mpg for the diesel while CO2 exhausts are rated at 114g/km and 125g/km specifically.

Both had hands-on gearboxes, a five-speed for the diesel as well as six for the TwinAir, with an additional reduced first gear for off-road driving.
So, can it off-road?

2015 Fiat Panda Cross

2015 Fiat Panda Cross

We drove the Cross on the off-road course at Fiat’s Balocco proving ground where it scuttled over some rather serious challenges. Climbing up’s not a trouble, and when you need to come down once more Hill Origin Control can take care of things for you. Stick it in neutral, maintain your feet off the pedals and also it’ll inch its way down the incline by itself. Troubling, however it works. Ride quality’s remarkably cushy over harsh ground, too.

2015 Fiat Panda Cross

2015 Fiat Panda Cross

We additionally went across Balocco’s concrete mounds (imagine a sea of titan, solid bubble cover) diagonally in Off-Road mode, where the silicon chips maintained the automobile relocating by taking power away from the wheels hanging in fresh air and routing it to the ones on terra firma.
As well as what’s it like on the tarmac?

Problem is, the Panda Cross is much more outstanding off-road than on. The increased ride height suggests it sways like a swingometer on election night, as well as the physical body roll’s stressed all the more since you rest so top up. Point is, you often feel you’re travelling faster compared to you are anyway as the mud and snow tyres squeal like you’re on a certifying lap when in truth you’re meandering gently around a roundabout.

Fiat declares the Cross take advantage of improved sound-proofing over the regular 4×4, yet you wouldn’t assume so after a drive in the abrupt, boomy diesel. The buzzbox TwinAir’s really much quieter.

2015 Fiat Panda Cross

2015 Fiat Panda Cross

Although the diesel’s positive enough to drive with a more progressive, much less laggy shipping compared to some derv electric motors, the TwinAir fits the Cross’s personality a lot better– it’s an enjoyable engine for an enjoyable auto. Subjectively, it also seemed to use as well as handle a little far better compared to the diesel. The inconsistencies of weight distribution and all that.

A deal tiny off-roader or an overpriced Panda? Depends on your viewpoint. It’s really qualified off-road, great in the city (no speed bump as well large, no multi-storey as well high, no parking space too little) but in all sincerity a bit rubbish on the open roadway.

A common Panda 4×4 is much cheaper, could handle almost also off-road and also is much more bearable on it. For most of buyers it’ll make even more feeling compared to the Cross, likeable though it is.

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