Fiat Grande Punto
Fiat Grande Punto Variants
Editorial Test Drive Review of Fiat Grande Punto
Launched in the Indian market in June 2009, the Punto won immediately got applause from the industry as well as users for the way it looked. Gorgeous Italian design, classiness and elegance – some of the few words that were instantly used for the car. Today the Puno sells in four engine options and multiple trim levels. However, the sales have always remained sluggish and in 2011, the Punto has had the worst record ever, selling just 5500 units between May and Oct 2011 - this inspite of the company providing various offers, schemes and benefits through its showrooms. Now this is a shame for a car that excels in various parameters and not only in the way it looks. So, what exactly are the strong points of the Punto? Read on to know what we think about this Italian hatchback.
Fiat Grande Punto Interiors
Like its elder sibling the Linea, the Punto’s cabin is also a great place to be in. Unlike the Linea though, the lower part of the fascia isn’t finished in beige but a shade of grey. You notice the same meaty steering wheel with multiple function control and the sexy twin pod speedometer console that lits up with orange-red backlight once it gets dark. This also houses the most comprehensive display among all small cars – for everything from fuel economy to service reminder! The central console is finished in a shade of silver with soft touch buttons. The front seats are very comfortable though the glass holders in front of the gear lever aren’t much of a use if the glasses / cups / cans are tall.
Space at the rear is at a premium. With two 6-feet tall on the front two seats, rear space can be really tight! That said, Fiat has loaded the Punto with amazing features like Blue&Me technology for the audio system, follow me headlamps, speed sensitive adjuster for the audio system (it doesn’t sound great though), leather wrapped steering and gear knob, rear foot level a/c vents etc! While the design of the cabin is pleasing, the overall quality of plastics used isn’t upto the mark – cars like the i10 / Swift fare better in this regard.
Fiat Grande Punto Exteriors
At 3987mm in length and 1687mm in width, the Punto is a big car by hatchback standards. The low height of 1495mm gives it a very sporty stance. The Punto is a hot hatchback with class leading gorgeous form. Developed by Italdesign-Giugiaro together with the Fiat Style Centre, the styling of the Grande Punto stands out in the current automotive scene for the beauty of the exterior line, which is modern, elegant and distinctly \'Italian\', a \'Mediterranean\' stylistic language where the tapered rounded lines seem to be inspired by the sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s. The front has slight resemblance with the Linea though the lamps are smaller and pushed to the either sides of the bonnet. The huge rectangularish grille is broken by the number plate area and the fog lamps get their only little crafted place. The complete effect up front is up-market and the same carries on the to the side profile as well which highlights the Grande Punto’s sportiness. The rear is minimalistic in design but in a good way with small vertical tail lamps and a muscular boot and bumper below.
Depending on the model, the Punto either rides on 14-inch or 15-inch wheels. The former come shod with 165mm tyres while the latter gets wide 195mm tyres. Fiat sells the Punto in seven different color options.
Fiat Grande Punto Engine & Performance
Today the Fiat Grande Punto is offered in four different engine options – two each of petrol and diesel. On the petrol front, Fiat offers 1.2 and 1.4-litre options with the former available in Active, Dynamic and Emotion trim levels and the latter only on the Emotion Pack option. The 1.2-litre unit puts out 68PS of power and 96Nm of torque. While it is quite a smooth powerplant with a good peppy nature, the short gear ratios and high kerb weight means outright acceleration isn’t impressive and neither is the ARAI rated fuel economy of 15.2kmpl. The bigger 1.4 unit makes 90PS of power and 115Nm of torque – good figures for a hatchback but at the cost of a rated 14kmpl economy as per ARAI.
Fiat the world over is known for its multi-jet diesel engines and the Punto get the same in two versions. The normal one is the same seen on various Maruti and Tata offerings and produces 76PS of power. It is quite smooth and responsive but cannot match upto the Maruti offerings in terms of the ‘fun to drive’ element. This is where the 93PS version comes into the picture. Available only on the Emotion Pack trim level, the version changes the character of the hatchback completely and is a hoot to drive fast. The 76PS and 93PS versions have a ARAI rated economy of 19.9 and 20.0kmpl respectively.
Fiat Grande Punto Mileage and Running Costs
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|Fiat Grande Punto Petrol Variants|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 Active||15.2 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 Dynamic||15.2 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 Emotion (Petrol)||14.03 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 Emotion||15.2 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 Dynamic||--|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 Emotion Pack (Petrol)||14.03 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto Diesel Variants|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.3 Active (Diesel)||19.9 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.3 Dynamic (Diesel)||19.9 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.3 Emotion (Diesel)||19.9 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.3 Emotion Pack (Diesel)||19.9 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.3 90HP Emotion Pack (Diesel)||20 kmpl|
Fiat Grande Punto Comfort & Suspension
A very strong point about the Punto is the way it behaves on Indian roads. The suspension set-up is definitely one of the best among the mid-size hatchbacks and ride quality over bad roads is very good. Infact, the Punto rides with a good feel, something that can be associated with bigger cars. The same also goes for the handling of the Punto. The steering might be heavy for low speed handling in city but as speeds build up, this car can turn into a great tool for curves, hills and highways. High speed stability is also very good on the Punto. The overall passenger comfort, mainly due to the great suspension, is of the highest order. The Emotion Pack models get fat tyres which also aids in the overall stability and high speed handling factor.
Fiat Grande Punto Specifications and Features
|Mileage Highway||16.5 kmpl|
|Mileage City||12.7 kmpl|
|Mileage Overall||13.46 kmpl|
Wheels & Tyres
|Tyres||165 / 80 R14|
|Wheel Size||14 inch|
Fiat Grande Punto Features
|Fiat Grande Punto||1.2 Active||1.2 Dynamic||1.4 Emotion (Petrol)||1.2 Emotion||1.4 Dynamic||1.4 Emotion Pack (Petrol)||1.3 Active (Diesel)||1.3 Dynamic (Diesel)||1.3 Emotion (Diesel)||1.3 Emotion Pack (Diesel)||1.3 90HP Emotion Pack (Diesel)|
Fiat Grande Punto Price
The ex showroom price of Fiat Grande Punto ranges from Rs 4.32 Lakh to Rs 6.85 Lakh. Fiat Grande Punto is available in 11 variants. To find the on road price of Fiat Grande Punto you need to click on the check on road price.
Fiat Grande Punto has 6 Petrol variant(s), 5 Diesel variant(s), the cheapest variant is Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 Active which has a Petrol engine, and starts at Rs 4.32 Lakh, the most expensive variant is Fiat Grande Punto 1.3 90HP Emotion Pack (Diesel) which has a Diesel engine and is for Rs 6.85 Lakh .
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Fiat Grande Punto Reviews
By Prasanth Bangalore Posted on Nov,11,09 6:03 PM
Pros good look, good space
Cons no space for water bottles, poor plastic interiors
recently I bought punto.....also used my brothers figo 23 times......i would like to share some info for new buyers here Performence -- figo Interiors -- figo Milage -- figo price -- figo driving confortable in indian roads - punto Exterious - Punto ground clearence - punto space & confortable -- punto body build -- punto heavy vehicle -- punto in one secentance, i can say.....raiding figo is like raiding Hero Honda bike...raiding punto is like raiding Pulser byke
By praveen Posted on Jun,06,20 8:20 AM
Pros great looks
this car is vry stylish and its a cute mid size car target on indian roads i hope fiat punto hav a good appearance n stylish wit superbly simple nice economic car on indian market...
By Ashwani Bhardwaj Posted on Jan,01,18 5:14 PM
Pros The most beautiful Hatchback on Roads, Sturdy, Best Diesel Mileage, Best Safety, Money Value
Cons A little bit low ground clearance, Less Initial thrust
I bought Punto Multijet Diesel 1.3 Active, in Sep. 2009. Done 3500 Km as on Jan 15, 2009. The best 2 things about Punto are (i) Very Good mileage, I am getting consistently of 20 km per litre after fisrt 1000 Km run and (ii) it feels big and safe while driving Punto. You get the feel of a Big Vehicle drive. The driving cofort is excellent considering the basic price of Rs. 4.90 Lac I paid for it. You don't feel tired at all even after a ride of 3 hours (the maximum I have done in a single stretch). Another positive factor is its 15000 Km service interval, that means going to service garage only once in a year for a driver like me. It is exctermely sturdy and safe and therefore peace of mind. Overall, this is wonderful to possess FIAT PUNTO, and I love the ITalian Beauty. Ashwani Bhardwaj, Parwanoo (HP).
By sanjay Posted on Jul,07,24 2:47 PM
Pros Superb styling, Good ride and handling, great feature list
Cons Dark interiors, slightly poor plastics, no punch in the engine - diesel
You will fall in love with the Punto (if you have a soul i.e) ) devilish style, naughty colours to choose from, nice looking but dark interiors - a beuatiful instrument console with orange backlights. decent music system , a very useful trip computer and blue and me bluetooth interface . Good ride and handling. The only dark spot being the performance - inspite of the Multijet engine which delivers a great drive in the Swift and the Dzire - the Punto is lacklustre to drive. A tradeoff between driveability and outright pickup i guess..but hey , with something so pretty and in ferrari red - i need this to get some punch ..sweet car - something i would love to buy if they do some remapping of the ECU.. Fiat - listen..
By iOwnPuntoMjD Posted on Nov,11,05 12:23 PM
Pros she is rock solid
Cons very bad and cheap quality and poor after sale service
this is a good car to own. if you are ok to live with ZERO accessories available till now. (ex. Mud flap, car cover) try calling them and ask for Mud flap. you will know.. if you can live with out (Glass holder, Arm rest) i guess there are small things a primer (high end) customers gets. if you can live with ZERO knowledgeable service advice. and late arrival of spare part. Customer care and fiat first all the stuff is just gimicks. try calling them as ask any technical question you will know. if you can live with some minor issues.... if you are taking Emotional pack. later when you want add a sub woofer its it not possible. you can not upgrade the system. End of the day when sit inside the car she will make you forget and you would love the drive!!!!
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