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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

    Tony Boyle Date: 11/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    It's my first review and I intend keeping it short. If you are looking to buy a small hatchback that is cheap to buy and has low running costs you could do a lot worse than the Grande Punto. It looks good, drives nicely and even the basic 1.2 engine provides a level of refinement that will surprise you. It may not be the fastest car out there but it's quick enough, handles well and it makes a decent motorway cruiser. Plenty room inside for both front and rear passangers. Drivers seat adjusts for height and the steering wheel is fully adjustable so getting comfy is easy. A good size boot and a nice sound system round it off perfectly. If you had any doubts about the Grande Punto take one for a test drive, I think you will be surprised.

  • 1.9 MJet 130 Sporting 3dr

    Daniel Bradley , Cheshire . Date: 06/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had this car for 5 months and covered 5000 miles.

    Good points: - Large small car - lots of room with the seats down and for the driver (I'm just over 6 feet tall). - Comfortable front seats. - Surprisingly quiet motorway cruiser. - Cheap to buy and run. - Eager engine - Very nice looking - especially in the blue metallic and in this Sporting trim. - Blue & Me handsfree phone and voice command + USB port for music on a memory stick works very well...and it comes as standard.

    Bad points: - Firm ride without being especially grippy. You will feel all the potholes. - Build quality could be better, I've had a rattle in the dash which is very intermittent so hard to replicate and get fixed (something like a cable hitting underneath I suspect) plus a rattle towards the left rear of the car. - I can max around 44mpg on the motorway, I was hoping this would be a little better but is acceptable.

    Overall I think the car is very good value for money, especially with the big discounts available. Other cars such as the Corsa and Fiesta have better build quality but I do think they lack the good looks of the Punto. It is also a very good car if you want a lot of space but don't want a car quite as big as a Focus or Golf.

  • 1.2 Active 3dr

    David Potter , Merseyside . Date: 05/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    since day 1 of owning this vehicle i have had nothing but problems with the car and the dealership. as of today the car has been in for repairs 8 times and is still worse than when it 1st went in.

    i have had water leaks, badly fitted interior and also bumpers and sideskirts, needed oil topping up after around 6 months, seats click when breaking, glove box wont close properly and was wonky (i was told this was acharacteristic of the car)bonnet wasn't secured properly, creaking and knocking noise from rear suspension when driving. passanger door not fitted properly, paint came off when washing the car, roof lining replaced 3 times and still not done properly, window switches replaced 4 times they seem fine for now, safety recall 3 months after mentioning the recalls to the dealership, i am now in the process of trying to cancel the agreement.

    I think that everyone who is having problems with fiat should contact watchdog and see if they can sort it out once and for all.

  • 1.4 Active Sport 3dr

    peter baker , . Date: 28/01/2008
    • 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

    Despite reading about all the failures that other owners have had to endure, I'm delighted to be able to write about the fact that not one single thing has gone wrong over the last 6 months of ownership. Average mpg somewhere just over 40 and that's a mixture of town and Mway. No rattles or trim issues, paintwork looks like new and the engine starts every time. A very low insurance group rating means that fully comp costs just £11 per month. The icing on the cake. Well done FIAT!

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