Fifth Gear Ponders If A Fiat Panda Can Beat A Land Rover Defender

It’s a classic David vs Goliath battle, with the small Fiat Panda Cross challenging Land Rover’s iconic off-roader for a fight.

Fifth Gear repeated their now classic comparison, bringing the only off-roading Fiat you can currently buy to prove itself against the mighty Defender on an off-road course.

The small size of the Panda, combined with Fiat’s Torque-on-Demand AWD system turns this friendly city car into a very capable off-roading machine. The different bumpers front and rear give the Panda Cross a 24o approach and 34o departure angles which are more than enough for most.

The test car might not have the torquey 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine but Fiat’s two-cylinder 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol provides enough grunt to keep the Panda moving under difficult off-road situations. Combine this with the 1090kg (2,403 lbs) weight figure and the stats are suddenly looking very good indeed.

But the question remains: Is the Fiat Panda Cross good enough to cope with Land Rover’s most recognized off-roader? Get ready for a physics lesson on the video linked below.


  • Six Thousand Times

    Tiff said the Panda would take on the greatest off-roader of all time but i must’ve missed the Land Cruiser.

    • Eunos

      You mean the Patrol

    • thunder bolt

      and I thought it was the Hummer H1

    • JL

      Peugeot P4 is the best.

  • CockneyblokefromReading

    Yet another reason Jaguar Land Rover need a lighter, smaller vehicle. But all they keep doing is going up in size and price. They need a Mokka. They should have produced the DC100.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      DC100 yes.

  • fabri99

    Panda, se non ci fosse dovrebbero inventarla.

  • alexxx

    well done fiat…they dont get enough credit imo

  • Btbcc12859

    Jeep Renegade in the States

    • psiqtas

      It’s not the same as Renegade – the smallest Jeep is bigger and based on the 500X.

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