We love an award over at MotorMartin Towers as the hard work put in to make a car a success is rarely seen by the consumer themselves. Therefore, in our own small way, it just feels good to give those unsung heroes the credit that they most surely deserve.

And now news has arrived at the #MotorMartinCarNews desk that the Fiat Panda Cross has once again topped the Crossover category in this year’s 4×4 Magazine ‘4×4 of the Year 2019 awards’.

For the second year running, the magazine say, the Fiat Panda has fought off tough competition, in an ever growing sector, to be crowned the Best Crossover. Judges praised it for its ‘rorty’ engine, traction finding ability and fun factor, never failing to put a smile on their faces.

“The Fiat Panda Cross is an immensely capable car and this is something that its loyal owners have always known and appreciated,” shared Andrea Lo Presti, Fiat UK marketing director with MotorMartin recently. “With a panel of 4×4 experts agreeing that point too, it makes this win for the Panda even more significant.”

Alan Kidd, editor of 4×4 Magazine, commented “I don’t think there’s any vehicle that’s won its class so consistently down the years as the Panda Cross. The market has been ever changing, but it’s been wonderfully consistent in what it offers – while also getting better all the time.” Praising its off-road ability he continues, “It’s not built to be the ultimate all-terrain vehicle, but its light weight and tidy proportions mean it’s incredibly manoeuvrable and sure-footed on rough ground. You have to go a long way to find its limits.”

For those of you out there unaware of The 4×4 Magazine, it’s the UK’s only dedicated 4×4 and pick-up magazine, 4×4 of the Year awards have been defining the segment for more than 25 years. A team of experienced 4×4 specialists assess the now broad spectrum of vehicles that make up this class, covering everything from comfort, quality, off-road performance, purchase and ownership costs.

To celebrate the award win, Fiat have Explained to MotorMartin that they are launching the new Fiat Panda Waze 4X4 which combines the looks and functionality of the popular Waze model with the award-winning 4X4 running gear. For a limited time, customers will be able to purchase the Waze 4X4, with 0.9-litre Twinair 90hp engine and 4X4 capability (valued at £3,200), for the same price as the two-wheel-drive Panda Waze 1.2 69hp, £12,265 OTR.*

The Fiat Panda range starts from £9,965 OTR for the 1.2 69hp Pop, while the award winning Fiat Panda Cross starts from £16,465 OTR. For more information on the Fiat Panda range MotorMartin recommends you visit or to locate your nearest Fiat retailer visit

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