Fiat Punto

The Essentials

  • Price from £9,000
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 68.9mpg
  • What is it? Spacious supermini is good value but not much fun to drive

Great

  • Good looking car that's smart inside
  • Lots of car for the money
  • The best engines are powerful but economical

Gripes

  • Ride and handling are disappointing
  • Some of the interior plastic and trim could be better quality
  • Too much wind noise reaches the cabin at speed
  • Drive

    Nippy and light to drive around town, not nearly as much fun on faster roads

  • Inside

    Well designed and easy to get comfortable, plus good all-round visibility

  • Safety

    Five-star crash test score is good news. The number of airbags varies according to trim level

  • Reliability

    In the 2012 JD Power survey the Punto was rated as below average for reliability

  • Space

    The Punto feels much bigger than you'd expect

  • Standard and extras

    You'll need to upgrade from basic Pop trim if you want luxuries like air-conditioning or Bluetooth

  • What's it like to drive?

    The Punto comes with some excellent engines - we like the 1.4 Multiair - and is light and easy to pilot around town. Sadly things deteriorate on faster roads with too much body roll and an unsettled ride. The stiff suspension on sportier models really takes its toll on your teeth. We'd go for the six-speed gearbox for the smoothest travel.

  • What's it like inside?

    Getting comfortable behind the wheel is a doddle thanks to plenty of adjustment, and visibility is good, too.
    The Punto is big enough for four adults to fit in comfortably, so it's a practical choice if you're looking for a family supermini. The large for the class boot has a high lip to lift items over, and basic Pop versions miss out on 60/40 splitting rear seats.

  • How reliable is it?

    Safety kit is on the lean side, with four airbags as standard and more if you upgrade. Stability control costs extra on all but top-spec Lounge trim. All models also get ISOFIX child seat mountings.
    In the 2012 JD Power survey the Punto was rated as below average for reliability.

  • Should I buy one?

    If space, practicality and low running costs come higher up your supermini priority list than the fun-to-drive factor, the Punto is worth considering.