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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
Abarth Grande Punto Hatchback (08-10) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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PROS

Accessible performance, relatively exclusive, famous sporty brand

CONS

Limited dealer network, high-performance version too harsh for UK roads

At a glance

New price £14,707 - £14,707
Used price £2,505 - £4,795
Used monthly cost £62 - £118
Fuel economy 40 - 40 mpg
Road tax cost £200
Insurance group 30 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Accessible performance, relatively exclusive, famous sporty brand

CONS

Limited dealer network, high-performance version too harsh for UK roads

Abarth Grande Punto Hatchback rivals

It's a long time since Fiat has been in a position to claim class honours in the hot hatch sector. The 130bhp Punto HGT, discontinued in 2006, struggled both on paper and on the road at a time when the class leaders were offering up to 180bhp. All this has changed, and Fiat has dusted off a famous and illustrious brand to lead its charge into enemy territory.

Abarth was last seen as a badge-engineered 'warm' version of the unpopular Stilo, and fans of the iconic marque with decades of racing and tuning heritage would be justified in feeling nervous. But Fiat has bestowed Abarth status as a brand in its own right, alongside Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati in its automotive stable. The 155bhp hatchback (180bhp with factory-approved dealer modifications) is impressive on the road and is good value, plus it should remain exclusive as a result of the small network of specialist dealers.

Abarth Grande Punto Hatchback rivals