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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.
  • 1.2 Active 5dr

    Tom Smith , Durham . Date: 18/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 1.4 16v Sporting 3dr

    Craig Warne Date: 08/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      34.9

    My car

    I've had my 1.4 sport for 9 months/9000 miles now. Cornish roads=34ish mpg Motor-ways=45ish Having down-graded from a 1.8P Focus, it's power isn't what i was use to... It does require a great deal of high revs to get to the power, yes, i could drive slightly slower and have a higher return of miles/gallon. BUT, when this car's going it's so much fun to drive. It's well kitted out, iPod/USB connection for wonderful endless driving playlists... Voice control for Music+Phone. When making use of the USB connection, music can only be skipped via the controls on the steering wheel (Something i've come to love) That's the plus points for me, i do have a few negatives; After 2 months, my Elec-windows stopped working, being under warranty, it was booked into the dealer, all it turned out to be was the connection to the controls in the drivers door had 'fallen' out of place. The windscreen wipers are of hardly any use, a lack of coverage from the water 'vapour' and very streeky finish. I've had the warning light for the Hill-Hold system come on a few times. Leave it parked while doing the shopping, turn the ignition, the light and message has gone. My Hand-brake's never been the best, after tightening, it was better for about 4 days until it rolled down the drive while in gear. It was booked back into the garage, it needed a new rear-passenger brake disc and caliber, since then, it's been fine.... But it is Italian... But i still give it 4 Stars.

  • 1.2 Active AirCon 5dr

    dan fairham , west sussex . Date: 05/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 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 work for a car hire company and have never had a car with so many problems, constant recalls, bits falling off (grille, wing mirror housings..) doors that fail to open unless you hit them above the handle! would never recommend one to anyone. buy a corsa or clio.

  • 1.2 Active 5dr

    Andrew Hood Date: 10/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I thought this car was a good, smooth, well put together little car. Only downside was the 1.2 was not quite powerfull enough for this size of car, although the grunt sounded nice trying to get it up to speed. Looks the part ad no doubt a massive leap forward from the Punto's of old. The basic active entry level is just that - basic, but a good size, good looking car for the money. Boot space is average for its class. In the end i was drawn to buy the new 500 but i wouldnt put anyone off buying one of these.

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