7. Fiat Panda 4x4

Fiat Panda 4x4 front tracking
Credits: Otis Clay
14 Jan, 2013 8:06pm

The original Fiat Panda 4x4 was the mountain goat of the automotive world and the latest model follows a similar approach. Few city cars are available with all-wheel drive but the Panda fully deserves its 4x4 badging as it takes muddy fields and rutted tracks in its stride and copes brilliantly on rain-soaked roads.

In fact, the Fiat Panda 4x4 inspires huge amounts of confidence behind the wheel and feels utterly unstoppable. It encourages you to keep going regardless of the conditions and is sure to put a smile on your face.

Four-wheel drives don’t come much cheaper than this but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style, as the pretty city car is typically Italian inside and out. The rounded edges of the exterior are continued on the inside and the stylish interior creates a real feel-good factor.

Criticisms? The boot is small and the back seats are pretty cramped, even by modern supermini standards, but if you want a small, affordable and characterful 4x4 they don’t come any better than this. The TwinAir petrol and 1.3 MultiJet diesel (our pick) boast CO2 emissions of 114 and 125g/km respectively.