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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.
  • 1.9 MJet 130 Sporting 3dr

    Helen Parry , Cheshire . Date: 16/04/2006
    • 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 the 130bhp 1.9-litre diesel Sporting three-door for a test drive. I was amazed at how fast it was and how refined it was for a diesel.

    The styling is beautiful - there's no other supermini as good to look at. The handling was responsive and the space inside was outstanding - I am 6ft 4in tall and I was really comfortable.

    I am considering buying one, but I might wait a few months to see if there are any early problems with reliablity because I don't trust Fiats to be 100% reliable, which is what I want from my next car.

  • 1.9 MJet 130 Sporting 3dr

    Stephen Robson Date: 03/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have just bought a Sporting 1.9D Multijet. It has had various rattles and noises.

    The dealer has had the car back twice and it still squeals from the rear brakes. When we collected the car it was very dirty inside and a cover had been superglued on under the seat. When we got home, we opened the bonnet and the bonnet stay fell off in my hand.

    The heater motor squeaked on the slowest speed, and the radio doesn't fit properly, either - we were told they are all like this.

    The biggest problem is the noise from the engine, a mechanical whirring noise which only happens at low speed in second gear when the engine is warm. The dealer tells me this is normal and all 1.9D engines make this noise. I don't find this noise very confidence inspiring and would recommend you do a thorough test drive before ordering one.

    Considering how many miles Fiat claim to have done testing this car before launch, I would have expected the car to be faultless, especially the top-of-the-range model. Our last car was German and I regret not buying German again.

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