Review of the New Fiat Grande Punto
Published Date: 25th Jan 2007
The new Fiat Grande Punto has recently been launched with a range of engine sizes and trim levels. Available in a range of 5 trim levels and 6 engine types the Grande Punto comes in both 3 and 5 door versions. However, only 2 of the engines are petrol – a 1.2 and a 1.4 litre. The 4 other models are diesel – two 1.9 models giving either 130bhp or 120bhp plus two 1.3litre Fiat MultiJet engines giving either 75bhp or 90bhp.
What Car commented ‘The Grande Punto has sharp looks, a roomy cabin and boot, and it's good to drive. It's also attractively priced, well equipped and safe.’ ‘The Grande Punto undercuts many of its key rivals on price, and running costs should be competitive, too. No matter which engine you go for, fuel economy is good and emissions are low. All models sit in low insurance bands, ranging from group three to group six. Resale values are modest for the class.’
John Simister of the Independent recently tested the new Fiat Grande Punto and reported ‘…my own favourite is the 1.4-litre petrol version, simply because it's the smoothest, quietest and sweetest, and it still moves nippily enough. It makes do with five gears against the diesels' six, but it has a broader spread, if a smaller helping (77bhp), of power and you're not left craving another gear.’
The Grande Punto is set to rival the likes of the Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 207 and has been awarded 5 star Euro NCAP crash results. It has a good level of specification even on the basic trim levels, including a CD player, remote locking, electric front windows, anti-lock brakes, EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) and ISOFIX child-seat points. In terms of size, it can accommodate four adults comfortably and with a boot capacity of 264 litres has more storage space than many of its rivals except for the Renault Clio which has slightly more boot space.
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