A vast improvement over its predecessor, good value and, in this diesel model, a genuine contender to the crowded small car ranks.
1 February 2006
What’s new?It’s the all-new Grande Punto, brand spanking from the wheels up. This one has the latest incarnation of Fiat’s excellent 1.3-litre Mutlijet turbodiesel, mated to a six-speed gearbox.

What’s it like?A vast improvement over the outgoing one. It’s far more refined, better handling and more importantly, doesn’t suffer from the annoyingly unsettled ride of the old one. The diesel is a great match for it as well, being punchy when you want to press on, but admirably house trained when you’re in cruise mode.
Elsewhere the new Punto’s quality has improved, along with space and comfort levels.

Should I get one?There’s no doubt that Fiat’s new baby is now one of the best (and best value) superminis, as well as looking the most stylish – especially in three-door form. We reckon diesel is the way to go, too.
Chas Hallett

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