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Is the new Fiat Panda City Cross all the city supermini you need?
Jacked-up urban commuter isn't the fastest tool in the box, but it is one of the most useful
The stats on the new Fiat Panda City Cross probably won’t have you struggling to breathe, because a 69bhp 1.2-litre with around 75lb ft of torque isn’t exactly earth-shattering.
Or anything-shattering, to be honest - 62mph comes in a languorous 14.5 seconds and 96mph is a pretty tame top end - making it one of the slowest-accelerating cars out there. But there’s always been a place in Top Gear’s automotive toolbox for a Panda, for no other reason than it’s a useful little supermini.
The City Cross is pretty much as you’d expect: a Panda Cross (which lists at just over £15k) with front-wheel drive only, reasoning that you don’t need AWD for tarmac, but might appreciate some suspension travel for speedbumps and potholes. It costs a fiver under £13k, with the standard Panda 4x4 weighing in at 14-grand.
There are the usual side-mouldings, chunkier bumpers and roofbars of the full Cross variant, a couple of colours available (Minimal Grey and Electronica Blue - the latter exclusive to the City Cross), and a decent dose of character. There’s also the point that we have, during fairly extensive testing, figured out that with the right tyres, a front-wheel drive Panda will get pretty much anywhere a full-on Panda 4x4 will.
This or a Suzuki Ignis as the best kind of slightly jacked-up urban commuter?
Engine: 1.2-litre, 69bhp, 75lb ft of torque 129g/km C02, 51.4mpg (combined)
Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Speed: 0-62mph in 14.5 seconds, 96mph top speed.