Fiat has been selling a decent amount of the Grande Punto based mostly on the look of the car. Now that the car has aged a little and has lost a little of the pizzazz it once had Fiat now has to rely simply on the fact that the Grande Punto is actually a quality car underneath all that beauty.
The Fiat Grande Punto is offered with three petrol engines options that include a 1.4-litre 8v that runs on 77bhp, a 1.-litre 16v that gives 95bhp and a 1.4-litre T-Jet that runs on 120bhp. Fiat also offers the little cutie with two diesel powered options that include the 1.3-litre 16v MultiJet driven on 75bhp and a 1.9-litre MultiJet with 130bhp. For those souls looking for a super sport mini Fiat offers the Grande Punto branded with the coveted Abrath name that have two powerful engine options topping out with 1.4-litre T-Jet driven on 177bhp.
Gas consumption is very limited on all the engine choices. The 1.4-litre petrol averages an estimated 47mpg which is very good for any type of car. The best engine for fuel economy is the 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel that gets an estimated 62.8mpg combined.
Inside the Grande Punto a new comer to this world will be surprised to find that there is actually a decent amount of room. This is achieved by the Fiat engineers putting the wheelbase as far to the corners as possible. The back seat is not just for show in this car because real sized human adults will have no problem driving along in comfort. The boot is a decent 275-litres which is about normal for a car of this size. The overall look of the interior is nothing splashy and comes with very easy to understand controls that feature large buttons. The body colour extends into the interior on the soft trims and dash inserts.
Designers Italdesign-Giugiaro in a partnership with Centro Stile Fiat created the beautiful exterior design that looks great from every angle in both the 3-door and 5-door versions. The teardrop headlamps over the sexy chrome intake make the care look very much like its expensive Italian cousins.
Standard issue gadgets include the Fiat Blue & Me hands free communication system that allows the driver easy pairing with their Bluetooth phone. The entry level Active trim also comes standard with a USB port in the glove box to allow easy access to music or books stored on your portable USB player. The addition of these bits of techs as standard in all of the Grande Punto is a very clever move by Fiat considering this car is aimed at the young crowd which is usually on the cutting edge of technology. Fiat is also throwing in a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage.
No matter young or old, rich or poor the Fiat Grande Punto is an excellent car all around. Sure the design may be getting a little old to look at, but why should Fiat mess with near perfection when they can just make the car better in other areas.
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