Used Fiat Punto 2003 - 2007 review

Category: Small car

Section: What is it like?

2003 - 2007 review
Fiat Punto (99 - 07)
  • Fiat Punto (99 - 07)
  • Fiat Punto (99 - 07)
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What's the used Fiat Punto hatchback like?

The biggest attraction, apart from price, is the amount of space you get. There's plenty of head- and legroom throughout, and you can fit three in the back without too much sweat.

Even the boot is a decent size and you can swell the carrying capacity with the split/fold rear seats fitted to most models.

Visibility for the driver is good, although the height-only adjustment for the steering wheel may compromise the seating position. Most will find it comfortable, though.

On the other hand, the switchgear can take a bit of getting used to. Some of the controls are seemingly scattered at random - the door mirror controls sited beneath the handbrake lever, for instance.

The drive, too, leaves a little to be desired, and the handling is competent, rather than fun. The steering's too vague and the body rolls too much. Most engines are willing but the 60bhp 1.2 can struggle and the 85bhp 1.9 JTD diesel is a bit noisy at speed.