What is it?
Concerned that its buyers may have their heads turned by younger models, Fiat has treated the venerable Punto to a very gentle mid life makeover (which you probably won’t notice) and added two new engines (which you certainly will).
One is an evolution of the MultiJet diesel engine which extracts 83bhp from 1300cc, and emits just 90g/km CO2, but the other, which we’ll focus on here, is the turbocharged version of Fiat’s two-cylinder TwinAir petrol motor.
Making its debut in the Punto, the award-winning powerplant also pulls 83bhp from its hat, along with 107lb ft of torque at 2000rpm, but the real party trick is the diesel-rivalling 67.3mpg and 98g/km CO2.
Those figures are unchanged from the engine’s appearances in the 500 and the stellar new Panda, but elsewhere several changes have been made, partly in deference to the higher quality expected of a B segment model.
In the Punto the TwinAir is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox rather than the five-speeder found in its smaller stablemates, and in the interests of greater refinement, it has been fitted with a dual mass flywheel and balancing countershaft.