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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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102 reader reviews for Fiat Grande Punto Hatchback.
  • 1.4 Active Sport 3dr

    Chris Watts , Devon . Date: 22/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is an update from my previous entry.

    I, too, have been told that the steering rack requires replacing as a result of having the knocking noise checked.

    I have been told that the part will not be avaliable until 17 October - although I have been assured by Fiat that there is no safety issue, it does not inspire confidence.

    The gearbox also requires six new parts, as it won't engage third gear cleanly.

    The paint is now markedly chipped from general road use - how thin is it?

    My original smile has gone to despair.

  • 1.2 Active 5dr

    Lachie Williamson Date: 12/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Update from 12/06/07 . After 16000 miles I remain pleased with my car , however over this period I have had the car back at the dealer with door lock and boot lid problems (either won't open or lock). This I'm told is quite common in early versions and has not changed my opinion of this good car, however it is not particulary funny on a winters night getting locked out !.

  • 1.9 Multijet 120 Eleganza 5dr

    Marion Morgan , Somerset . Date: 07/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I took ownership of this car in late April. I ordered everything that was currently available... leather seats, cruise control, front fog lights etc. I am very pleased with it and for 2/3rds the price of the equivelant Golf TDi its a definate bargain, It is also has much quieter wind speed.

    The noise from the Golf, around the mirror area, was much worse. I used to drive the Lexus IS200 and I think that my new diesel's performance is as good, much cheaper to run and, the alloys are not so soft!

    The driving position and localised equipment is brilliant. Some of the fittings look a bit flimsy but still work ok. My radio is flush and works well, as does my heating fan etc. So, I reckon Stephen Robson has a problem dealer and car, rather than a obvious production fault. I have found my dealer to be superb, but I had to go many miles to find a good one!

  • 1.3 Multijet 90 Dynamic 5dr

    Kianoush Imani Date: 22/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I received the car four days ago and its looks are stunning. I opted for the skydome sunroof, front fog lights dual zone climate control and metallic blue paint, which make everyone go 'wow'. This particular trim of the car and engine has lots of surprises. Just accelerate and you feel your back being glued to the seat.

    It is compact and wild-looking, with a fantastic blue interior space (I am 190cm tall and fit in easily), handy audio controls on the steering wheel, stylish and massive side mirrors which make it easy to see all the lanes in the M25 without bending, practical large buttons (especially the audio ones) and a quiet engine and inside which make cruising on the M25 like a trip to local shops but much more enjoyable.

    Fuel economy is excellent and the wheels look beautiful.

    The turbo lag not really a problem, because it is tame at town speeds and really keen on acceleration when you need it. I travel up a hill on which all the cars I have driven struggled in second gear, but in this I was accelerating like a bullet in third.

    I have driven the new Renault Clio and seen the Toyota Yaris. They can't match what the Punto offers in all aspects. I am not sure about reliability yet, but I know Fiat has spent a lot of effort to make the new Panda and Punto class leaders, and they are. The only reason the Renault Clio is Car of the Year 2006, in my opinion, is that the Punto wasn’t around at the time.

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