The revised Fiat Punto has a beautiful design, but is let bottomward by an unsatisfying active experience. It’s absolutely outclassed by its rivals in agreement of dynamics and resale value. It’s still aggressive back it comes to active costs and price, although that’s aloof not abundant to argue us.
The revamped Fiat Punto has accustomed in the UK, complete with colour-coded bumpers and a best of three new exoteric acrylic colours. Inside, there’s a revised birr blueprint and new trim levels – but the catechism is: has Fiat done abundant to ensure the car is aggressive with newer rivals?
It looks appealing good, if a little awkward on the £200 alternative 16-inch alloys that were adapted to our analysis car. We additionally had the £155 foglights and £450 Brit Pop Blue paintjob.
There are still some able architecture touches, such as the Fiat brand that doubles as the cossack latch, but all-embracing this is a car that’s absolutely assuming its age.
It’s a agnate adventure inside. The cloth-covered seats are a little on the close side, while the active position feels too aerial – fortunately, the council cavalcade adjusts for rake and reach. The caster itself is captivated in leather, yet it still feels rather low-rent, as does the baby gearknob.
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The dashboard dials are accessible to read, but their accomplishment is far from opulent. In fact, the beneath big-ticket Panda has a added upmarket cabin. As for rear legroom, alpine cartage will acquisition it a bit of a squeeze.
Equipment is generous, however, with electric windows and alien axial locking included as standard. There are additionally driver, commuter and knee airbags. On the downside, the stop-start arrangement can be absolutely apathetic to acknowledge in traffic, which isn’t ideal.
The Punto’s five-speed gearbox is able-bodied ill-fitted to boondocks driving, yet the electric power-steering gives abundant beneath acknowledgment than the arrangement in its capital rival, the Ford Fiesta. The Fiat’s axis amphitheater is additionally a lot added than you’d apprehend for a supermini.
Ride affection is excellent, though: the Punto deals able-bodied with bumps and asperous surfaces. In contrast, the car’s administration is compromised by ambiguous steering, that aerial active position and awkward anatomy control.
It’s accept for active about town, but agog drivers will charge to attending abroad for thrills. The brakes are a able point, though, with acceptable pedal feel and bite, which inspires affluence of confidence.
The new 1.4-litre petrol agent is one of the revised Punto’s best features. With ammunition abridgement and CO2 emissions of 49.6mpg and 132g/km respectively, it’s on a par with the Ford Fiesta’s 1.4-litre petrol. It’s bland at idle, but you absolutely charge to assignment it adamantine to get appropriate oomph.
Fiat hopes to about-face 10,000 Puntos in 2012, with the 1.4-litre accepted to be the aggregate seller. However, while abeyant buyers will be admiring by the actuality that this car costs hardly beneath than its rivals, they’ll accept to antithesis that adjoin its cheaper feel and inferior active experience.