Which used Fiat Grande Punto hatchback should I buy?
The five-door models give the best access to the spacious rear, but the three-door models aren't particularly compromised. The five-door typically costs between £300-500 more, depending on the model.
There's a wide range of petrol engines to choose from. These include a 1.0-litre, that's weak and noisy, an eight-valve1.4, which is better, but not perfect, and a 1.4 16v, which is smooth and refined but needs to be revved a little harder. There's also a turbo charged 1.4-litre T-Jet with 120bhp, and an Abarth version with 153bhp. Diesel options are the 1.3-litre, with either 75bhp or 90bhp; and a 1.9-litre with 130bhp. The first two are refined, quiet and worth considering, but the last suffers from excessive turbo lag.
Dynamic trim is a good bet and comes with alloy wheels, air-conditioning, steering wheel-mounted stereo controls, and an MP3-compatible stereo. The Dynamic Sporting is essentially the same car, but with foglights, a body kit and rear spoiler. In mid-2008 the range was revised and the Dynamic Sporting was replaced with GP trim. All models from this date onwards came with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.