Tires vs. Mattracks
This is a short comparison demonstrating the difference between tires and
tracks. 44" tires with Dana 60's and lockers would not get you through the
snow like the Mattracks. Yes, they are more expensive, and not for
everyone, but if you need to get through snow, mud, sand or any other soft
material they cannot be beat.
2013 Fiat Panda 4x4 - SNOW TEST
The Fiat Panda 4x4 is the only 4WD model in segment A. Successor to a
best-seller which first appeared 29 years ago and made its name as the
smallest and most interesting "explorer" in the category, today's new
four-wheel drive Panda is a Jack of all trades, ready to tackle mountain
mule tracks and the urban jungle with the same cool. In addition to
standard equipment able to satisfy the most demanding of customers, from a
technical point of view, the new Panda 4x4 has bettered itself once more
and proven its admirable capacity to compete with off-road cars of much
greater dimensions (as well as much higher prices).
With five doors, the car is 368 centimetres long, 167 centimetres wide and
160 centimetres high. The wheelbase is 230 centimetres. It has a front
track of 141 centimetres and a rear track of 140. With a look characterised
by the marked geometric lines of the front and rear bumpers, with aluminium
coloured cosmetic inserts to underline the presence of metallic protection
under the body, the new Panda 4x4 also comes in two new bodywork colours:
Sicilia orange (pastel) and Toscana green (metallic). With respect to the
solutions adopted on 4x2 versions, this Panda offers some new features: a
new green fascia variant frames the instruments and the large storage
pocket, fabric seats with a special design in three colour options (green,
sand, pumpkin) and eco-leather details, and finally a new storage
compartment added to the 14 already present on the 4x2.
The Panda 4x4 is a vehicle with outstanding personality, which knows how to
win over the most demanding customers, lovers of adventure and life in the
open air. For those customers, the new version uses a "Torque on demand"
drive system, which is activated automatically when needed, so you can
tackle any driving situation in complete cool. The Panda also 4x4 features
the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system with ELD (Electronic Locking
Differential) function as standard. This system provides additional
assistance while driving and setting off on slippery terrain (snow, ice,
The Panda 4x4 also offers all the dynamics and comfort you need to complete
long and challenging routes, thanks above all to the revised suspension- an
independent MacPherson wheel arrangement at the front and interconnected
wheels with torsion beam layout at the rear - to the 6-speed gearbox with
shortened first gear connected to the TwinAir turbo engine, to accentuate the model's off-road
features, ensuring optimum setting off during hill starts. Finally, to
ensure maximum grip on any road surface the new model benefits from
specifically developed 175/65 R15 84T M+S tyres.
The Fiat Panda 4x4 is available with two engine options, both with
Start&Stop: the new 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir turbo and the 75 HP 1.3 MultiJet II diesel. The
TwinAir turbo has 40% more torque than
the 1.2 Fire of the previous generation. This, in combination with the
special six-speed gearbox with shortened first gear, ensures much better
uphill starts, quality start-up, flexibility and pick-up. A similar
improvement is evident on the MultiJet II engine, where torque is increased
The car offers a wealth of standard equipment, including: ESC system with
ELD, manual climate control system, CD/MP3 radio, 15" burnished alloy rims,
175/65 R15 M+S tyres, electric door mirrors, central locking system with
remote control and rear headrests. Furthermore, the abundant optional
equipment and accessories include the innovative "City Brake Control"
system, the sliding rear seat and Blue&Me TomTom2 LIVE".