Is Fiat Punto Sluggish?


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The Punto 90 is a no-drama car. It quietly went about demolishing the slalom run as if it had been born to do this every day. Sorry about it, but some clichés are also true, like the one that says ‘handling like it’s on rails’. No other hatchback sold in India does that. Rapid directional changes just don’t fluster it. The steering feedback is firm and offers terrific precision.

What it means to you: That you have a hatchback that is dynamically sorted and obeys your commands. When you have to sift between slow moving traffic, this should be your weapon of choice. But a rider: you need to be at the right gear and in the right rpm range.
@Nithin ,thanks for the link..

BTW ,I have been yelling about punto all this long finally someone came up ..!!


Most of the people I have seen opine about punto after a mile short drive in city traffic and comment about it being sluggish,uncomfortable,lack of visibility.nowaday I am tried of convincing


As the saying goes :-For those who are interested in good car, no explanation is needed. For those who are not, no explanation is possible.
 
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Hello Guys,

sorry for the very late reply. I am very busy in office these days.

Here is the short TD review for punto 1.3 and 1.2.

Anybody those layman like man in car knowledge can refer this.

Punto 1.3:
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There is already many great review on this car and needless to say the BEST `overall
Diesel hatchback in India till date.

Pros:

1> Interior is nice and smooth on eyes.
2> GC is very good.
3> road handling, driving behavior Best.
4> Easyly eatup all big potholes also.
5> very less cabin noise.
6>Ingress-Outgress very good.
7> Boot space enough.
8> Build quality will last loooong. (not like maruti,jazz, i20, Figo, micra)
9> Many hidden features which not there in other cars in this segment.
10> seating is very comfy.
11> No need to change gear frequently. In 4th Gear also the car smoothly glide @ 15KM speed! without any knocking! (Just like Live)
12> AC damm cool!

Cons:
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1> Price is on the higher side.
2> Back seat leg space bit crampy.

Punto 1.2 :
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There the only difference with the 1.3 is the engine and GC.
I am not repeating them all.

Pros :
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1> VERY low cabin noise.
2> very smooth to drive.
3> Great GC (195mm)
4> VFM

Cons:
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1> Pickup in 1st,2nd,3rd is really very poor. this will be an major will in Highways to overtake others.

2> Due to high GC the car ride quality a bit lees then 1.3.
3> No ABS even in 1.2 Dy version.
4> Price is still on higher side in compare to Figo.

So. in my view except the pick issue then is no much cons in Punto 1.2. So the people
who donot want a racing but want a safe car to transport from point A to point B for long team can opt for this.

Though I will TD new i20 and will decide there after.

thanks for reading.
 
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Hello Guys,

sorry for the very late reply. I am very busy in office these days.

Here is the short TD review for punto 1.3 and 1.2.

Anybody those layman like man in car knowledge can refer this.

Punto 1.3:
========

There is already many great review on this car and needless to say the BEST `overall
Diesel hatchback in India till date.

Pros:

1> Interior is nice and smooth on eyes.
2> GC is very good.
3> road handling, driving behavior Best.
4> Easyly eatup all big potholes also.
5> very less cabin noise.
6>Ingress-Outgress very good.
7> Boot space enough.
8> Build quality will last loooong. (not like maruti,jazz, i20, Figo, micra)
9> Many hidden features which not there in other cars in this segment.
10> seating is very comfy.
11> No need to change gear frequently. In 4th Gear also the car smoothly glide @ 15KM speed! without any knocking! (Just like Live)
12> AC damm cool!

Cons:
=====

1> Price is on the higher side.
2> Back seat leg space bit crampy.

Punto 1.2 :
========

There the only difference with the 1.3 is the engine and GC.
I am not repeating them all.

Pros :
=====

1> VERY low cabin noise.
2> very smooth to drive.
3> Great GC (195mm)
4> VFM

Cons:
=====

1> Pickup in 1st,2nd,3rd is really very poor. this will be an major will in Highways to overtake others.

2> Due to high GC the car ride quality a bit lees then 1.3.
3> No ABS even in 1.2 Dy version.
4> Price is still on higher side in compare to Figo.

So. in my view except the pick issue then is no much cons in Punto 1.2. So the people
who donot want a racing but want a safe car to transport from point A to point B for long team can opt for this.

Though I will TD new i20 and will decide there after.

thanks for reading.
Good Review Mate !![clap]

Finally U Also Notice same which i Feels ( punto 1.2 is too slugishh)
 
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But still I may prefer Punto 1.2 over other other's due to the build quality.

I will take decision after i 20 (new) TD.

The Old i20 is no match for Punto 1.2 even! Jazz is now out of my mide .
 
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But still I may prefer Punto 1.2 over other other's due to the build quality.

I will take decision after i 20 (new) TD.

The Old i20 is no match for Punto 1.2 even! Jazz is now out of my mide .
Biuld Quailty Of New i20 is Top Notch !! Doors are Heavy ( Not same as Punto But Much Better than SWIFT and DZIRE)
 
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The old i20 is not poorly built.It has a good build quality and you can feel that especially when closing the front doors and moreover the car don't rattle too much which is very very nice.

I have some experience traveling in i20 AT(a rare car).

The doors of punto 2009 if I remember close with a thud which is more of thunk and feels it is made of just metal and there is no softness in it,I may be wrong though because I checked a long time back and I like this build quality.I observed the same in a linea too.

The polo has more of a sweet thud I must admit.Again my observation may be wrong.


BTW nice review basis.Remeber when you were saying peak torque at low rpm in punto 1.2 is very good.Now you have felt it sluggish.Any thoughts?
 
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@point_city96,

I am not a car expert. Donot understand so much. But as per my friend who did the 1.2 TD (I was sitting next to him only) told the initial pickup is slowed then his alto.

It's true for 1 st to 3 rd gear. according to him overtaking a car / highway drive will be only major issue with this car (punto 1.2).

Otherwise I love it.
 

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