Italians are known for their designs and the Grande Punto from Fiat is a fine example of this. It has typical European lines and is one of the best looking cars from the Fiat stable (international) and in the Indian segment, it surely stole the hearts of thousands of fans when it was launched in June 2009. The front end of the Punto is very strong – compact with oval shaped headlamps stacked on either side of the rectangular grille. The design lines run in a strong and crisp manner along the side of the car and the top end models get gorgeous looking alloy wheels to complete the package. Infact, a newer version of the Punto is expected to be launched in India soon and will surely make it the most desirable car in its class.
As much as we love the Punto from the outside, the interiors leave a lot to be desired. Space isn’t the best around and the overall quality of materials used is something that we don’t expect from a Fiat. The various trim levels though ensure there is a Punto to suit different needs and budgets. The top end models come loaded with features never before seen in this segment like Bluetooth enabled Microsoft’s system, steering wheel controls, programmable service reminder, multi-information display etc.
Comfort factor is very high in the Punto. The suspension is tuned very well for Indian roads and the Fiat Grande Punto provides one of the best ride comforts in the hatchback market. Driving the Punto though requires effort as the steering isn’t very light and the gearbox shift action not very precise. The good part is that the Punto is offered in four engine options – two each of petrol and diesel. The smallest petrol is a 1.2-litre unit available only in Dynamic and Emotion trim levels. The bigger 1.4-litre petrol is sold in Emotion and Emotion Pk trim levels. The 1.3-litre 75PS diesel is sold in Active, Dynamic, Emotion and Emotion Pk trim levels whereas the top of the line 93PS 1.3-litre diesel engine is only sold in the highest trim of Emotion Pk. This 93PS called the Punto90 version also makes it the most powerful diesel hatch in India and it sure looks hot too!
The Punto range starts at Rs 4.27 lakh and goes upto Rs 6.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is available in a total of 10 different variants. The ARAI fuel economy certification for the 1.2-litre petrol, 1.4-litre petrol, 1.3-litre diesel and 1.3-litre 93PS diesel stand at 15.2kmpl, 14.03kmpl, 19.9kmpl and 20.0kmpl respectively.
Expert Speak: The Grande Punto looks smashing and drives very well too. With ten different variants spread across a gap of over Rs 2.5 lakh, there is a Punto for everyone!Less
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Fiat Grande Punto Specifications
Dimension & Weights
|Overall Length||3987 mm|
|Overall Width||1687 mm|
|Overall Height||1495 mm|
|Torque||197 Nm @ 1750 rpm|
|Power||76 PS @ 4000 rpm|
|No of Cylinders||4|
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Fiat Grande Punto Features
|Fiat Grande Punto||1.2 Active||1.2 Emotion||1.4 Dynamic||1.2 Dynamic||1.4 Emotion Pack (Petrol)||1.4 Emotion (Petrol)||1.3 Active (Diesel)||1.3 Dynamic (Diesel)||1.3 Emotion Pack (Diesel)||1.3 Emotion (Diesel)|
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Fiat Grande Punto Colors
- Hip hop black
- Electric blue
- Medium grey
- Exotica red
- Minimal grey
- Bossa nova white
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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.
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.
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.
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|Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 Active||15.2 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 Emotion||15.2 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 Dynamic||--|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 Dynamic||15.2 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 Emotion Pack (Petrol)||14.03 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 Emotion (Petrol)||14.03 kmpl|
|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 Pack (Diesel)||19.9 kmpl|
|Fiat Grande Punto 1.3 Emotion (Diesel)||19.9 kmpl|
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.