PROS: The Fiat Punto Evo is one of the best-looking and biggest superminis on the market. It’s stylishly designed, inside and out. Its engine is economical and frugal and it has good level of standard equipment.
CONS: The steering is a little light and the engine is underpowered. The interior is stylish but is let down by low quality plastics. The gear change is a little sloppy and the ride can be a bit uncomfortable.
The 8-valve 1.4 litre engine produces 77bhp at 6000rpm and 85lb-ft of torque at 3000rpm. 0-62mph takes 13.2 seconds and the Punto Evo tops out at 103mph. The Dualogic transmission makes for an easy semi-automatic drive and actually improves the fuel economy over the manual vaersion.
The Punto Evo is easy to drive. The light steering makes it easy to drive at low speeds around the city and simplifies low-speed manoeuvres. The suspension is a bit firm and the ride is a little harsh - a problem even more evident at higher speeds.
The 1.4-litre engine is quite hushed and smooth but is noisy at high engine speeds. Wind and road noise are almost inaudible on smooth surfaces. Visibility is a concern because of the thick rear pillars.
The Punto Evo looks largely similar to the old Grande Punto although the new LED daytime running lights add to the car's stylish appeal.
The interior space is ample and comfortable enough for four people, five at a push. The seats leave room for improvement as they lack cushioning. The driver’s seat, on the other hand, is provided with height adjustment to ensure that finding a comfortable driving position is easy.
The car comes as standard with air-con, electric door mirrors and electric front windows. Also included are halogen headlights, leather covered steering wheel, CD player with MP3 connectivity and Bluetooth. Available options include dual zone climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors, leather seats, alloy wheels and metallic paint.
The Punto is one of the biggest superminis around and it can seat four average-height adults comfortably. The boot has the capacity of 275 litres which is expandable to 1,030 litres with the rear seats folded, however, a high boot door lip makes access to the available space awkward.
The Punto Evo Dynamic 1.4 8v Dualogic is equipped with 6 airbags, Isofix child seat mounting, ESP, ABS and traction control. For security reasons, the Punto Evo has an immobilizer, remote and central locking, locking wheelnuts and visible VIN. Though this version has not been crashed tested by the Euro NCAP, the old Grande Punto received the full five stars.
The Punto Evo comes with a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty.
The asking price of £12,000 is very reasonable for a car of this size and specification, however, the Punto does suffer from weak residual values. Rival cars are more likely to hold their value. This car falls under insurance group 8 and Road Tax Band of D. Fuel costs should also be low with the Punto Evo returning 52.3mpg on the combined cycle.
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