Fiat Panda 4x4 wins Towcar of the Year Award

The Fiat Panda 4x4 has claimed top honours in the 2015 Caravan Club Towcar of the Year Awards.

The 1.3 MultiJet II turbo-diesel model won the 'Vehicles Under £16,500' category, and is the latest accolade in the Panda 4x4's history.

The Caravan Club Towcar of the Year Awards were held at the Royal Automotive Club in London on 24 thSeptember, following a rigorous selection process. This year 39 entries were put through their paces at Millbrook Proving Ground in a range of categories, including acceleration, braking, reversing, and visibility.

The judging panel comprised of towcar journalists and Caravan Club members, who praised its “rock-solid, amazingly good stability at all speeds and good all-round visibility." The 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbo-diesel engine was also praised, with judges stating it was “such a sweet engine and it pulls really well." Judges also commented that the interior was comfortable, stylish and funky.

“It's well over 30 years since we launched the FIAT Panda 4x4 and I'm delighted that, three decades later, we are still winning top awards with it," says Kate McLaren, Head of Brand, FIAT UK. “The Panda 4x4 has won the under-£16,500 category, but it does not look out of place up against much more expensive cars.

“We have proved once again that Panda 4x4 offers so much in terms of practicality and style, but with huge benefits in running costs and looking after the environment."