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Three wins for 4x4s

Panda Cross gains triple Best Crossover win

The Fiat Panda Cross has been named Best Crossover 2020 by 4x4 magazine in its annual 4x4 of the Year issue.

For the third year running, the Fiat Panda has fought off tough competition, in an ever-growing sector, to win the crossover crown. Judges praised its off-roading capability, engaging drive and fun philosophy.

“The Fiat Panda Cross is an immensely accomplished car with a loyal customer base that appreciates its capabilities,” says Andrea Lo Presti, Fiat UK marketing director. “To have a panel of 4x4 experts agreeing that point for three consecutive years makes this win for the Panda even more significant.”

Alan Kidd, editor of 4x4, said: “We’ve lost track of how many times the Fiat Panda Cross has won the Crossovers class in 4x4 of the Year. It’s a category that contains a huge variety of vehicles, but every year the Panda refuses to be beaten.”

Wrangler cannot be beaten for off-road ability

For the second year the Jeep Wrangler has been praised for its off-road capabilities by winning 4x4 magazine’s special Off-Road category in its 2020 awards.

The judges concentrated solely on the vehicle’s off-road performance in making their choice. Editor Alan Kidd says: “If you want a vehicle built without compromise to deliver the goods off-road, the Jeep Wrangler is in a class of one. The Wrangler won this award last year, too, and since then a new entry-level Sport model has come in, making it accessible to more people. That’s good news – though for showroom-standard ability, the Rubicon version is like nothing else.

“But it almost doesn’t matter which Wrangler you buy – it will, by definition, be the best place you can put your money if you’re after a new 4x4 with uncompromised off-road ability.”

Stelvio named top performing SUV

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio joined its Guilia running mate by winning a top performance class in a leading magazine’s 2020 awards. The Stelvio is the best performing SUV, according to 4x4 magazine.

The judges praised the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, the most powerful Alfa Romeo SUV ever created for road use, for its combination of on-road driving dynamics, characterful V6 engine and practicality which, together, never failed to put a smile on their faces.

Editor Alan Kidd says: “There are so many performance SUVs out there now, and so many of them are very good – or at least, very fast. But we’ve not found anything to match the Stelvio Quadrifoglio for sheer entertainment.