Used Fiat Punto 2003 - 2007 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

2003 - 2007 review
Fiat Punto (99 - 07)
  • Fiat Punto (99 - 07)
  • Fiat Punto (99 - 07)
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Our recommendations

Which used Fiat Punto hatchback should I buy?

This version of the Punto was launched as a three- and five-door supermini in October 1999 and face-lifted in May 2002, which brought sharper styling and more equipment.

At the same time, the trim names also changed, and ran from Active through 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 that not great as a driver's car. Ignore the underpowered 60bhp 1.2-litre petrol.

Instead, pick the 80bhp 1.2, which is eager, frugal and our favourite. It's also more widely available, cheaper and not much slower than the 95bhp 1.4 petrol. As an alternative, try the 70bhp 1.3 and 100bhp 1.9 JTD diesels, which suit the car well. But, ignore the 85bhp version, which can be too noisy at higher revs.