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Overall reader 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

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99 reader reviews for Fiat Punto Hatchback.
  • 1.3 16v Multijet Active 3dr

    james hargett , london . Date: 02/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Owned since new in April 2004 and has covered 65000 miles. Drive not particularly exciting as you would expect with this type of car and the quality is average at best. However this car has been exceptionally cheap to run. It has never let me down although the turbo was replaced under warranty at 15000 miles, a pipe worked loose from the turbo at around 50000 miles causing a loss of power and a sensor failed on the manifold at about 63000 miles. Servicing at a main dealer works out between £150 and £200 a go. Never fails to deliver less than 50mpg no matter how hard you drive. Very nippy and holds 90 on the motorway (im told!) with ease. No regrets with buying this car but will probably hang the cost and replace with something more exciting next year.

  • 1.2 ELX 5dr

    Seamie Kyne Date: 22/07/2008
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    This car has good Mileage but maintance cost are high. In the 5 Months i had it, i had to fix the exhaust twice, and the wipers. the arm links break easily but you need to replace whole thing.The suspensionand head gasket went too. It's one of the only cars i would not recommend to buy

  • 1.2 16v Active Sport 3dr

    Craig Alewood , Co Durham . Date: 23/04/2008
    • 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 owned a 1.2 16v Active Sport 54-reg for three years from brand new and had no problems at all with this car.

    It was a pleasant drive, with a comfortable interior, and relatively low running costs. I had no problems with the clutch or suspension and only had misfire problems after 50,000 miles, which was easily repaired.

    I will miss this car, but I have had to trade it in for a more practical family car due to the arrival of our first child.

    The car had plenty of grunt, was fast, held the road really well and would cruise on the motorway at 80-90mph without any problem. The Active Sport face-lift model also means it looked pretty good, too.

  • 1.2 16v Sporting 3dr

    Jordan Morse , South Glos . Date: 23/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have the Fiat Punto Sporting 16v in Yellow, on a 52-plate. It's my second car and I love it!

    It's attractive, the paintwork stands out a treat and the subtle yet sporty bodykit, alloys, side skirts and lower ride make it look fantastic.

    First, the very nippy 1.25-litre engine is great for the suburban streets of Bristol, and it does well on the A-roads too. I recently drove it for around half-an-hour on the motorway and before I knew it I was cruising at just under 120mph. The extra sixth gear really makes a difference on the motorway.

    However, ever since I got the car last year, I've experienced low fuel economy. I don't know why, I'm a reasonable driver and don't rev her irresponsibily. At the moment she's on 34mpg, and I recently had 29mpg straight from its MoT. I think it may just be a problem with my car, but this could be something to think about when purchasing it. I could be driving a 1.8 for the ammount of petrol that I'm putting in!

    The cabin is fantastic. Those sports seats are great, even for me and I'm very tall. I don't have the seat right back like I did in my Corsa. The leather steering wheel is very smooth and there's plenty of room in the back seats. Even the boot can take all of my college work comfortably.

    Overall, I would recommend this car, but I am aware that the Punto can suffer from major mechanical and electrical problems, so be prepared. If you want the great looks of a sport then go for the Punto Sporting, you'll be suprised how

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