compare it! Mercedes Benz Zetros - Fiat Panda Cross: David versus Goliath | drive it!

It's not for the faint hearted. Our two cars will be going head to head in a disused quarry with treacherous water ditches, near vertical inclines and the toughest terrain imaginable.It's big versus small, with the largest production off-roader taking on the smallest. The Mercedes Zetros 6x6 versus the plucky Fiat Panda 4x4. 10.5 tons against 1 ton. 7.2 liters and 240 kW versus 1.3 liters and 51kW. Does the Panda stand a chance or will the giant Zetros make light work of it?

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