Fiat Punto - Used

Car Review

Fiat Punto, front
Fiat Punto, head-on
Fiat Punto, action
Fiat Punto, side
Fiat Punto, rear
Fiat Punto, interior
Fiat Punto, seats

FIAT really has got the build quality right these days, making its cars very reliable.

Take the Punto for example. In one of the most recent reliability surveys, it comes ahead of supposed paragons of quality build like the Nissan Qashqai, MINI Cooper and Mercedes C-Class.

And it's also far cheaper to maintain and repair.

The most recent version of the Punto is an up-date of the previous car, but is none the worse for that, with a new, better looking black grill and body colour bumpers.

Both three and five-door versions are available but never buy a three door if you have children as getting them into car seats is a recipe to put your back out.

Petrol engines start with a 1.2, which has 68bhp followed by a 1.4 with 75, 85, 103 or 135bhp in various different forms.

For the first time in this model, the free revving 900cc 85bhp TwinAir engine from the 500 is also available and there is just one diesel, an 85bhp version of the 1.3 MultiJet.

This little diesel is the economy and low emissions king, with a claimed fuel sippage of 80-plus mpg and emissions of just 90 grammes per kilometre.

But the TwinAir manages 67mpg and emissions of 98g/km, so it's not far behind and it can also sprint to 60 miles an hour in 12.3 seconds.

As a comparison, the 1.4 takes 12.8 seconds for the 75bhp and 8.2 for the 135bhp MultiJet.

The Punto is fun to drive, with very good road holding and handling that give a great sporting feel.

Performance is pretty good when you check it out against other superminis and all are easy to live with. They have a good ride and decent performance with engines that are smooth and quiet until pressed.

In the lower powered cars, overtaking on ordinary roads needs to be planned well in advance and you'll push the revs up in the gears.

But especially in the TwinAir, you'll be rewarded with a great sound and exhaust note.

There were originally five trim levels available in the range, but this was later altered to four.

Standard kit includes fabric seats, height and reach adjust steering, height-adjust driver's seat, trip computer, remote locking, electric front windows, plenty of airbags and a stereo with MP3 connection.

Upper models get aircon, alloys, audio remote, traction control, cruise and electric sunroof.

Pay about £5,750 for a '14 14-reg Twinair Easy three door, or £6,650 for a '15 15-reg 1.4 Lounge five door.

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