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Fiat Punto - Are we really moved?

By Sabarish Balaji on 23 August 2013

Car's Age: 3-6 months

Summary

Overall Rating 3
Exterior 5
Interior 3
Ride Quality 5
Maintenance 2000/ month
Mileage (city) 14 KMPL
Mileage (highway) 17 KMPL

Detailed Fiat Grande Punto Review

What's Good?

Here again after a long run for almost 6 years in the Market. The Punto comes with a little Grande added. So whats new? Added Ground Clearance Better NVH Levels Proven Engine Better After sales service than before by setting up it own outlets at multiple locations. Still a looker among the Hatches in India and I would say one of the best looking hatch till date. Improved Fit & Finish. The tear eye shaped tail lamps flows with the design and looks classic & elegant. The split grill in the front gives it a handsome smile resembling its distant cousin Maserati. The Loud thud spells “SAFE” the moment you close the door and assures you of great build quality. The moment you get in, you are greeted by a sober gray & black combination of devices that for sure does not lighten you up. In addition to it is a simple yet sophisticated set of clocks that shows almost every bit of information that you would look forward to knowing (Mileage, Trip details, Multimedia information, Temperature, Time, Door open indicator, Instant Mileage etc and what not ) The Ride & handling is in a word “Amazing” and in a more linear way! The car feels completely in your control and you can count on it for high speed stability. ABS & Airbags are additionally comforting!

What can improve?

Low Turing Radius Interior Finish and plastics feel cheap. Lack of Outright Performance (If you compare it to a Swift or an i20) In car entertainment is quite disappointing. (Limited option to replace Multimedia as dashboard alteration is required for a double din to be installed) Yet to prove in it’s newly accomplished service outlets The tyres feel a tad thin with a lot of gaps between the body and the wheels.

Exteriors (5/5)

5

Interiors (3/5)

3

Ride Quality (5/5)

5

Overall Comments

The exteriors of the Punto have been its USP since its inception. So this aspect of the car is still highly regarded and has many admirers. One of the best looking hatch in its league

The interiors are a let down. The moment you step in the car, you would actually wonder if it is the same car that you looked outside. A complete contrast to what it looks from outside. The plastics still feel cheap and need an upgrade (Or is it high time). The audio system disappoints you with no aux/usb options. The speakers are quite average and would not impress even an amateur. The dashboard can house only a single din system.

The Ride quality & Handing are the best in class. The power output is quite linear and does not jump out of the box. It is best enjoyed on a highway for it cruising ability and inspiring confidence at high speeds.

At this juncture, I guess it is high time for Fiat to start thinking more in terms of an end user and improve the tits & bits as well. Or maybe it is time to modify the car itself and surprise the market. We do have news on the Abarth to be dished out to India this year. So do we make a move yet? After careful consideration, I'd rather wait!

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