11 Jan 2021
Panda Cross named best crossover of the year by Britain’s “4x4 Magazine”
- For the fourth consecutive year, Panda Cross wins “Best Crossover” from the UK’s “4x4 Magazine”.
- Praised by a panel of 4x4 experts for its off-road capability, entertaining drive and engines.
- Panda has been the leader in Italy for eight years running, together with its sibling the 500, which leads the city car segment in Europe.
- In 2020, its 40th year, Panda has seen the highest growth ever in its segment in Europe (+3.8%) and the best market share in its history (18%).
“It’s with great pleasure that we accept this award, to crown a memorable year for the Panda. As well as celebrating its 40th anniversary, 2020 was a really packed year: we launched the Panda Hybrid, completely refreshed the line-up and achieved the best market share in history”, said Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat, Lancia & Abarth Brands.
Even better, for the fourth year running, the Panda Cross has been named “Best Crossover 2020” by Britain’s “4x4 Magazine” at its annual 4x4 Awards, fighting off tough competition in an ever-growing sector. The judges praised it for its off-roading capability, engaging drive and its engines.
Alan Kidd, editor of 4x4 Magazine, commented, “The Panda Cross just keeps on winning at our 4x4 Awards. The opposition is fierce, but there’s nothing else to match Fiat’s icon in terms of off-road capability, performance on the road or its distinctive look. People who live in the mountains or get through a bitter winter buy vehicles like this because off-roading forms part of their way of life. It might be small, but the Panda has loads of traction and incredible manoeuvrability. The Panda Cross is the ideal city car that’s ready to turn into a cross-country hero in the blink of an eye”.
4x4 Magazine is the UK’s only dedicated 4x4 and pick-up magazine and its 4x4 of the Year award has been a benchmark in the sector for more than 25 years. A team of 4x4 specialists assess the broad spectrum of vehicles that make up this class, covering everything from comfort and quality to off-road performance and purchase and ownership costs.
This impressive win joins the Fiat Panda’s long list of accomplishments, including being the first car in its segment to win “Car of the Year” in 2004, the first city car to climb to an altitude of 5,200m and reach Everest base camp, and the first city car to feature 4WD technology.
Turin, 11 January 2021