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For The brilliant engine is flexible as well as fast, and the lairy bodykit means it looks the absolute business. It’s roomy and practical for a hot hatch, too.

Against Can’t match a Renaultsport Clio 200 Cup for handling prowess, and the throttle response is lazy when you deselect the Sport mode. It's not a particularly cheap car, either.

Fiat Punto Hatchback

What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

A good little hot hatch that’s great if you have a particular affinity for fast Fiats. If you haven’t, though, there are better hot hatches out there.

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Key facts

7.9 secs
Top speed
132 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
466 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Fiat Punto has been treated to several face-lifts during its life, but it’s essentially the same car that went on sale in 2005 badged ‘Grande Punto’.

There’s a bewildering range of engines to choose from, but to keep things cheap most buyers are best off going for the 76bhp 1.4 petrol. However, the 0.9 Twinair is worth considering if you want a practical and cost-effective way to avoid the London Congestion Charge.

We reckon Easy trim is the best compromise on price and equipment. You get air-conditioning and alloy wheels, but you still might want to consider paying extra for Bluetooth and side airbags.

Whichever model you choose, make sure you shop around, because big discounts are available. Our Target Price gives a good indication of how much you should expect to save, but even bigger discounts are available online.

Reader test team says:

Fiat Punto Hatchback 1.3 85 Multijet GBT 5dr

Bought this car at the end of September with 1500 miles on the clock saving myself £4500 off the new price. I found it very hard to get one with the…

Les Abbottt

4 out of 5 stars

Fiat Punto Hatchback 1.3 75 Multijet Active 3dr

I have the auto model. Build quality is superb - no squeaks or rattles and everything is solid. I'm getting 46mpg (which, for an auto in a mountainous…

Sam Graham

4 out of 5 stars
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