Used Fiat Punto Hatchback 1999 - 2003 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

Used Fiat Punto Hatchback 1999 - 2003
  • Used Fiat Punto Hatchback 1999 - 2003
  • Used Fiat Punto Hatchback 1999 - 2003

Our recommendations

Which used Fiat Punto hatchback should I buy?

The Punto was launched as a three- and five-door supermini in October 1999 and received a face-lift in May 2002, which brought sharper styling and more equipment.

Trim names also changed then and ran from Active, Active Sport, Dynamic, Sporting to top-trim Eleganza. On earlier cars they are: base (no name), ELX, HLX and Sporting. Cars badged 'Speedgear' have a six-speed sequential auto gearbox. Top of the pile is the 130bhp 1.8 HGT 3dr, a well equipped hot hatch (Abarth versions have extra body kit) but not great as a driver's car. Ignore the underpowered 60bhp 1.2-litre petrol. Instead, pick the 80bhp 1.2 - it's eager, frugal and our favourite. It's also more widely available, cheaper and not much slower than the 95bhp 1.4 petrol. The 70bhp 1.3 and 100bhp 1.9 JTD diesels suit the car well, too, but the 85bhp can be too noisy when pushed.