What Car Q&A January 2010 - What 4x4 should I buy?
So far, I've looked at the Fiat Panda 4x4 Cross – any thoughts?
A The diesel Panda 4x4 is surprisingly capable in slippery conditions, but it's painfully slow and at £12,850 is expensive for what's essentially a small city car.
For an extra £445 we'd recommend the larger Fiat Sedici 1.6 Dynamic – it's more spacious inside and far more capable on the motorway. However, it won't be as frugal as the Panda, because it runs on petrol rather than diesel and has a more powerful engine.
If fuel economy is a priority, a 2.0-litre diesel version of the Sedici is available, but at £15,895 it bumps up the price by a hefty £2600.
If you can afford to stretch your budget even further, you might also want to consider the new Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI S 4x4 (£17,220).