NOTE: This is NOT The Automotive India's Official Road Test Report.
The Grande Punto :
This is the most anticipated car of the year from the day we saw the spy shots! The Punto definitely speaks for its extreme build quality & has got tough looks.
Do you believe falling in love at first sight? If not, have look at the black colored Top End Punto with sparkiling 15” Alloys and I can guarantee that you will definitely fall in love with it at first sight.
Exteriors & Styling
Fiat's new war horse has a typical Italian looks, Starting from the clear lens head lamps, The Audi
like split rectangular grill especially made for placing your number plates in between.
Fiat could have concentrated more on the detailing aspect of the car because I couldn’t find any lines in the side which makes the car plain & un-matched with its total bold look it has got.
Coming to the rear, High mount Rear Tail lamps is really catchy and resembles to the one we see on Ford Focus.
Also, The punto gets the biggest rear glass which increases the visibility during reversing so that you don't have to pay extra for Parking Sensors, But most surprisingly there is no handle provided to open the boot. Once you release the remote boot lock, FIAT expects the door to come up slightly from its position. But this doesn’t happen in rainy days & you have to struggle to open the boot.
Interiors & Comfort :
Sit Inside and you notice the typical Dual Tone interior combination [Black & Grey] all over running from the dash to the doors. The quality & build of plastics are on par with Skoda.
You will not get dis-appointed once you find a comfortable driving position in the car. The centre console seems to be ripped of from the FIAT Linea but however, It goes well with Punto. The Driver’s seat is height adjustable & finding a comfortable position is just as easy.
The steering wheel has the best ergonomics which helps you to never slips out off your hands. There are plenty of buttons everywhere in the car which may result you getting confused.
Press the pedals and you might go in confusion again, As the clutch is really deep & releasing clutch up to 70% didn’t even move the car!
That is quite surprising for me & when I asked about it, Punto is designed this way & Linea will be good.
Gear shift is well placed & the car comes with front armrest which makes your highway driving much more comfortable.
The car has steering controls for your handling your calls, muting & reading out messages. The Unique Blue & Me concept and Blaupunkt stereo is warm welcome in India.
There are enough spaces to keep things such as your wallet, Cell phone & bottles and the luggage space is quite impressive as well.
The comfort level is really good, leg room & shoulder room is adequate enough for 3 adults. The leg room is excellent when compared to its rivals.
Automatic Climate System is bonus in Punto & cabin cools down very easily & fast indeed, but when kept lesser than 18, it makes huge noise which we hear from turbines!
Handling & Performance :
Under the hood of Grande Punto, A 1368cc DOHC Engine producing 90Horse Power is powering it wheels.
But 1368cc Engine misses the grunt due to its weight of 1145Kilo grams and makes somewhat sluggish with just 115 Newton Meters of torque which could have been tweaked better. I managed to reach 0 -100 in 14+ Seconds which makes Punto a decent family car rather than saying it’s a sporty hatchback for singles.
Turning on the car doesn’t make much noise inside the cabin & I couldn’t feel vibration which we can find it easily in Ritz. The gearing ratios are really awesome which makes the city driving much more comfortable. Surprisingly this car can cruise at 30Kmph @ 5th Gear with NIL vibration & Jerks which proves it a great city driven car.
The gear shifts are super silent are engage properly without any trouble. The max speed of the car is claimed to be 170kmph. I managed to drive at 130+ KM/H in highways & All I can say is great speed handler, because of the broader tyres which make Punto the best handling car in this segment.
Moving on to behind seat for travelling comfort, Punto has independent suspension with McPherson struts, helical springs, double acting telescopic dampers and a stabilizer bar in Front while the rear comes with a torsion beam apart from the helical springs, double acting telescopic dampers and a stabilizer bar.
In short, Punto has a good suspension setup & feels great in city driving. The suspension is placed well away from rear seats which take up small path holes & bad roads easily with no deal. Safety & Fuel Efficiency :
Speaking on Safety, FIAT has provided ABS
& Dual Air Bags. 100-0 halt in ABS
version gives a neat 3.5 seconds stop which is quite impressive.
Fuel Efficiency is the place where Punto loses the competition. 1.4 FIRE Engine manages to give 10 KPL in city driving & 14KPL on Highway drives.
- Responsive steering
- Blue & Me technology & Blaupunkt music system
- Rear space comfort
- Extreme handling & best gearing ratios
- Engine misses the grunt & torque
- After Sales Service (Quite less number of service centers across India)
- Pricing on higher side.
FIRE (Petrol) Engine Options & Prices:
Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 Active Rs. 4,13,506
Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 Dynamic Rs. 4,82,462
Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 Emotion Rs. 5,23,634
Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 Emotion Pack Rs. 5,80,240
MultiJet (Diesel) Engine Options & Prices:
Fiat Grande Punto 1.3 Active Rs.5,02,019
Fiat Grande Punto 1.3 Dynamic Rs.5,33,925
Fiat Grande Punto 1.3 Emotion Rs.5,75,092
Fiat Grande Punto 1.3 Emotion Pack Rs.6,31,700