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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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101 reader reviews for Fiat Grande Punto Hatchback.
  • 1.3 MultiJet 75 Active 3dr

    Les Latham , Flintshire . Date: 26/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      57

    My car

    Bought the car in january 2007 for use in my driving school. Now covered 19000 miles.

    Good points: Very economical. im getting 55-58 mpg average. Ride and handling are ok, better now ive fitted wider tyres. Nice light controls. easy car to drive. Fits people from 6ft 4" to 5ft tall. Plenty of room in the front and back seats. Cheap road tax (£35.00 a year).

    Bad points: Clutch judder from day one (dealer cant fix it) Drivers door latch broken twice leaving the car stranded. Several interior trim items have come loose. No external boot latch. Dealer network next to useless.

    To sum up, a lot of car for the money when compared to its rivals, but the Fiat build quality is still lacking. Dealers are not very knowlegeable of their products, and are less than helpful when things do go wrong.

  • 1.4 16v Dynamic Sport 5dr

    Neil Frankland , Lancashire . Date: 08/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car in september 2007 with 2500 miles on the clock. It has let me down on eight separate occassions with gearbox failures and doors failing to stay closed. It is very noisy onthe motorway and I will shortly be swapping it for something more reliable at great expense (lost £2500 in nine months)I recommend these cars to no one

  • 1.2 Active 3dr

    Benn Mason , Surrey . Date: 05/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I got my Grande Punto over a year ago, I've dont 8000 miles and I absolutely love it. On the road it's great. Not the softest ride ever but great for a small car. The steering and clutch are both really light making it easy to drive. The only problem for me is the chair can get quite uncomfortable over longer drives but being 6'3 means I have yet to find a car that doesn't kill my neck! Also running costs aren't bad, but their not great either. I generally use the car for ruuning around town in and it's only managing 40 mpg, which isnt bad, but with petrol costs at the moment, it's doing my wallet some damage. Also the door handle broke but was fixed the next day free of charge which I thought was excellent! Everything in about it is great, including insurance and tax. I will not be changing my car for a long time!

  • 1.2 Active 5dr

    philip jones , neath port talbot . Date: 09/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car for 6 months now and so far (touch wood) has been very reliable. The overall look of the car is excelent from whatever view you take , the size is both practical and slightly sporty. The trim is not going to last the course however being quite flimsy and cheap. The 1.2 engine for the new larger size car is very underpowered and you find yourself keeping the revs screaming just to keep moving, only having 65bhp is a mistake by Fiat and if I was to buy again would go for the extra 10bhp available in the 1.4 as for economy its not great, doing town and motorway driving we are getting about 41-43mpg. So all in all its a great car to drive and fantastic to look at but the problems are luring already such is obviously still the Fiat way, these being: Brakes grabbing and locking, a shrill squeal from the brakes, slight piston slap on cold start up, and most recently the electric power steering has stopped working intermittently. Problems yes but bucking the trend of many Fiat dealers we have found our dealer (Ashmoles of Swansea) to be fantastic and their customer service to be second to none. Would I buy another mmm probably not but as a work of art in the design stakes I would hang it on a wall, so in conclusion great to look at but not so great to own.

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