This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Fiat Punto (12-18) review.

Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

All are adequate for all kinds of driving. Most popular is the 1.2-litre Fire unit which manages to feel quite nippy. The 1.9JTD is probably the most desirable for its mix of strong performance and exceptional economy.

Easy to drive, well-controlled in or out of town, suspension takes care of the potholes well and doesn’t roll too much in corners. Power steering has light ‘City’ mode that makes parking a doddle.