I bought my wife a new Grande Punto 1.2 Active in May 2008. I got a good deal on a 5 door model and its so far so good. The car handles well and the 1.2 petrol (which I understand is now defunct as of Sept 08) is adequate and on par with similar engined Fiestas, Corsas and Clios. The interior of 08 models is much easier on the eye than the 06-07 models as the seat trim is of much better quality. Unfortunately not everyhting about the car is positive, the road noise is on the high side especially above 60mph even with factory fitted Pirelli P4 tyres, the glovebox latch is poor quality and takes a rather hard push to close and our car doesn't like hot starts every now and again (resulting in a 10 second turn on the starter before the engine splutters then fires into life). The FIAT brand is much better than it used to be but I'm not sure how the Punto will fare after 4 years or so of use aginst comparable brands. I guess only time will tell.
The car was bought Oct 2007 12000 miles on the clock.Now has done 20000 miles.Central locking on both rear doors failed Nov 2007 fixed under warranty very good service by Anthont Betts Hemel.Now steering has developed a problem common fault on this model i believe.Had mk1 Punto for 5 years no problems,come on Fiat whats gone wrong?
Excellent packaging and reliability. Yes, the interior plastics are hard but they're well-moulded and will last. I can't believe some owners find the 1.2 engine noisy and thirsty: it might be their driving style that's at fault. The engine has plenty of mid-range torque making revving it hard uneccessary. Great gearchange. Slightly over-sensitive brakes. My mixed-route driving returns 48mpg. My only complaint: over-light steering at motorway speeds. Would I buy another one? CERTAINLY WOULD, but with 5 doors for easier rear access and air-con. Well done Fiat.
After owning a 52 Reg 5 door Punto Active I decided it was time for a change and was delighted to find that the Grande Punto was in my price range. I love the looks, both inside and out and as others have stated it is not perfect but the niggles with this car are all something that you could put up with apart from one particular problem that is spoiling the enjoyment of driving this car and that is the fuel consumption. The MPG with this car is horrendous round town, yes, for the size and weight of this car the 1.2 engine is very underpowered for this car and it does take a lot of extra rpm to get this car going with the rest of traffic and this has got to be the cause of the problem. It just seems that every time I make a journey in this car I can litterally watch the needle drop and in no time that petrol light comes on. That is another thing I cant understand, why Fiat have made the red area so large on the petrol gauge which then sets off that dreaded light. It comes on far to early. It is a shame really because Fiat have produced a really good car here, but I would really like to know who test drives these cars. My 52 reg Punto was so reliable and economical and a lot of people will be buying the Grande on this basis but will sadly be disappointed unless they just want them to sit on the drive and look sporty.
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