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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
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Fiat Punto (12 on) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

  • Body-coloured bumpers make the car look more modern
  • Competitively priced
  • Low running costs

CONS

  • Worst ever Euro NCAP crash test score
  • Still not as sharp to drive as some rivals
  • Front seats could be more supportive

PROS

  • Body-coloured bumpers make the car look more modern
  • Competitively priced
  • Low running costs

CONS

  • Worst ever Euro NCAP crash test score
  • Still not as sharp to drive as some rivals
  • Front seats could be more supportive

Verdict

The third generation Fiat Punto family hatchback has been around in one form or another since 2005, only ceasing production after thirteen years in 2018.

A facelift in 2009 brought a new name – Punto Evo – but the car underneath was basically the same, with this continuing through the 2012 update where the name reverted back to Punto.

Both three- and five-door versions are available, while rivals included the Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Renault Clio

Fuel-efficient

The most frugal engine is the 86hp 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine. It has a claimed economy of 80.7mpg and emits CO2 at a rate of 90g/km but if you prefer a petrol engine then the TwinAir is a favourite for many.

That's a 84hp 900cc engine with an engine note that will prove divisive. The two-pot engine screams its way to the red line in every gear and you will either love or hate this soundtrack. This was the first time that Fiat deployed the two-cylinder unit used in the Fiat 500 into the Punto.

Four trim levels

There were originally five trim levels on the Fiat Punto range but this was altered to four in Summer 2013, including a new ‘Sporting’ derivative. Standard kit across the range includes fabric seats, height-and-reach-adjustable steering wheel, height-adjustable driver’s seat, trip computer, remote central locking, electric front windows, driver, passenger and window airbags, radio, CD and MP3 compatibility, rear head restraints and ABS.

The Parkers VerdictThe Parkers Verdict

The Fiat Punto came up against strong competition in its sector. Rivals included the Renault ClioFord FiestaVW Polo and Hyundai’s i20 to name but a few. It may not have been as good to drive as a Ford Fiesta but competitive pricing and relatively low running costs made it a reasonable proposition.

Available in dealers from 2005 and going off sale in June 2018, read on for the full Fiat Punto review