Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Fiat Punto interior

The Fiat Punto's interior is decent enough, although you'd never want to compare it closely with rivals such as the Volkswagen Polo or even Ford Fiesta. The main difference between it and the best of the opposition is down to the material quality, rather than any major shortcoming in the ergonomics. Major controls are logically arranged, and the driving position is okay – one benefit of sharing its platform with theVauxhall Corsa.

Compared with the Puntos of the bad old days (not really, but you get the idea), this one received a fair bit of love and attention. So, the interior plastics are tough and durable, and there are some soft-touch materials to make you feel better about sitting here. The choices of trim and fabrics on the seats have also been dragged into the 21st century, and are pretty appealing, depending on the model.

Electro-welded patches on the fabric allow ventilation in hot weather. Overall, the cabin is driver focused but it could feel a little more special.

Fiat punto seats

Fiat Punto comfort levels are good. Road, wind and tyre noise have all been well contained are not as intrusive as some rivals, but on two-cylinder TwinAir models some of that raspy engine noise does resonate around the cabin. It is very much like marmite: you’ll either love it or hate it – but we love it.

If you opt for the TwinAir version the ride is firmer than other models on the range and although it's pretty roomy inside six-footers may struggle in the rear. The seats are comfortable though there's not enough side support and bolstering for your back could be better.

All models come with electric front windows but air conditioning isn't standard on entry level Pop models - although it is available as an optional extra (worth haggling over when buying from new).