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Fiat Punto Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price

 

Fiat Punto Review Australia

 

This subcompact vehicle is something that demands some extra effort to get driven smoothly. No doubt, in the past years, magnificent refinements have been made but still, there is room for more advancements. Available in 4 styles (3-door and 5-door hatchback, convertible, and van), every Fiat Punto is an FWD with an engine placed at the front under a sturdy hood. If you are buying from its latest models, it will be an economical choice.

 

Where the technology fitted inside the cabin shows good connectivity, the exterior has a uniqueness. Manufactured from 1993 to 2018, the 3rd generation is named the Fiat Grande Punto (2005-2009), and the Punto Evo (2009-2012). The drive seems well-behaved in the town infused with a little twist of fun. Overall, the interior feels pleasant despite the lacking features. The chassis has a good fit and finesse but still feels like a cheap car.

 

Engine:

The engine is the most essential part that decides whether you are going to have a pleasant ride or the rugged one. Well, in the case of Fiat Punto, you can say the rides are firm, stable and the motor is durable enough to last years. In the three-generation, 2nd and 3rd have more satisfactory engine setup of various sizes. Unfortunately, the road handling is quite unresponsive and uninteresting at times. But, the grip levels are impressive.

 

The gear can be jerky as well as smooth, depending on the engine size and mating of the gearbox type. If you are worried about the engine noise, then you must know that it sounds pretty loud to disturb a soothing drive. In short, the journey can be somewhat uncomfortable particularly for the longer journeys. 

 

Coming to the complete motor, the independent (F) and multi-link (R) suspension supports comfortable road performance along with offering a better fuel economy. The engines in the latest versions are known to be smoother and subtler. The highlight is its nice and lightweight clutch.

 

As far as the transmission is concerned, Fiat Punto is available in auto and manual options. If you want to keep your option expanded, choose the Pop model with both manual and auto gear shifter. The Easy and top-spec Lounge models are only equipped with an automatic option. You will experience a smooth gear changing. Well, another option of the “semi-automatic” is something you won’t like. It lacks the smoothness of a traditional auto and has no dual-clutch auto.

 

2nd generation:

The long list of engines can be pretty confusing. Apparently, the best option you have are:

A 1.9-L JTD 8v offered on the models from 2002 to 2003

A 1.9-L MultiJet 8v offered on the models from 2003 to 2005 and only in a 3 three-door hatchback

 

Base models:

Fiat Punto Pop models have a 12.L engine that runs on petrol. The variations are 8v and 16v producing power of 45 kW at 5000 rpm and 60 kW at 5000 rpm, respectively. The complementary torque of 102 NM at 2500 rpm in 8v and 114 NM at 4000 rpm in 16v are exceptional.

 

The diesel option is available in a 1.9L size featuring a turbocharger. In place of the turbo, you can get a naturally aspirated motor with mechanical injection.

 

Sporting versions:

The Fiat Punto Sport is powered with a 1.2L 16 valve engine combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The option for the auto-mode is “Speed gear CVT” having 7-speed. The alternative is the 1.8 HGT engine capable of delivering 96 kW at 6300 rpm power. Whopping speed!

 

3rd generation:

The entry-level Pop variants have smaller 1.2L engine with the 8valves configuration

The Punto compact-sized van is fitted with a petrol 1.2L 8v, a petrol/CNG 1.2L 8v, and a diesel 1.3L MultiJet 16v engine

The 2013 trims might be an ideal option for those who prefer comfort and performance over speed. It is powered by a 1.4L petrol engine with significantly low power of 57kW. The highlight is the 5-speed Dualogic robotized semi-automatic transmission.

The Fiat Punto EVO has one Diesel and one Petrol Engine on the option. Both are mated with manual transmission. The average fuel mileage ranges within 15.7 to 20.5 kmpl.

 

Design:

Moving on to the inside, the specs are acceptable as well as cheap in Fiat Punto. One thing we all can agree on is that the boot is sufficiently large and footrests are well shaped in all the trims. 

 

2013-2015 model specs:

Along with a robust bumper, the black-finessed honeycomb grille is an absolute luxury. But, the interior is loaded with cheap-looking hard plastics. The seats are pretty comfortable even the rearward seats providing adequate headroom and legroom. The cabin and luggage space are reasonable for a car of this size. We can sum it up as the interior being simply designed but offering full functionality and practicality. Even in the Pop, the gauges and switch feel well put together.

 

Standard features in the Pop model:

15’’ steel wheels

Bluetooth connectivity

Hands-free calling 

Audio connectivity

6-speaker setup

Electric windows (front)

Denim highlights in the seats

Height-adjustable and tilt steering 

Keyless central locking

DRLs 

Air-Conditioner

Smoker’s kit

Powered windows

2nd-row split fold

Trip computer

Electric and heated mirrors

Multi-functional and speed-sensitive steering

 

Standard features in the Easy model:

15’’ alloy wheels

Premium dashboard trim

Leather-trimmed steering and gear knob

Cruise control

USB inlet

AUX audio connectivity

Darkened headlight housings

 

Standard features in Lounge model:

16’’ alloy wheels

Automatic two-zone climate control

Leather-wrapped seats with electric lumbar support

Automatic wipers

Adaptive fog headlights 

Electrochromatic interior mirror

Ambient lighting

Electric anti-glare windows

Rain-sensing automatic wipers

Dark rear windows for privacy

Rear roof-mounted spoilers

 

Safety features:

ISOFIX child-seat points

Minimum 6-airbags (Easy and Lounge get an additional knee airbag)

Vehicle dynamic control

 

In the latest 3rd generation, the safety is enhanced with:

ABS

ESP 

Hill-hold system 

Cornering fog-lights (standard on the Easy)

Traction control

Electronic stability

 

Cons/Problems of buying Fiat Punto:

Lacks Emergency Brake Assist, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot warning 

The electric steering feels vague and ultra-light giving a disengaging feels

Old-styled single-color display screen

The Microsoft-powered music management system in the earlier models is uninspiring

Semi-automatic gearbox lacks the nimbleness

Engines are low powered

Gear Lever in 2013 models might be a bit confusing. Besides, it has no D for drive

Noisy engines

 

Final verdict:

Being an Italian supermini vehicle, Fiat Punto comes with a reputation of smooth driving manners but noisy engine, spacious cabin but cheap quality and satisfactory safety features. All three trims (Easy, Pop, Lounge) are quite affordable options. It is an impressive off-road performer. As the users say, the base Pop trim mated with a manual transmission is a preferable option.

 

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