Both the three- and five-door bodies provide plenty of cabin space - along with decent build quality - at very affordable prices.
The firm ride can't be excused. Plus, there's too much road noise and the steering misses the feel of many rivals'.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
There's now only one engine in the Grande Punto range, but the good news is that the 1.4-litre petrol unit was always our favourite when the range was more extensive. True, it's not the quickest supermini out there, but what it lacks in outright pace it more than makes up for with a willing nature that suits the Punto perfectly.
Ride & Handling
The Punto handles sharply, thanks to good body control, plenty of grip, and steering that responds quickly. Its light steering helps you when parking, but doesn't provide enough feel on twistier routes. The ride is firm and fidgety around town, but improves at higher speed.
The 1.4-litre engine is generally smooth and civilized. It can be heard at the national limit, but it's never overbearing. On the other hand, road and suspension noise intrude on poor surfaces, and wind noise picks up at speed, so the Punto isn't as quiet a cruiser as the Renault Clio.