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Having only just passed my test and still being a teenager, I had to find a car which was both cheap to run as well as being a low insurance group. The punto was a perfect choice, as well as being such a beautiful car, it is both cheap to run and part of a low insurance group. The car is spacious but not to big, making it ideal for young drivers! There are 3 cup holders although two are right in front of the gear stick making it impossible to put anything but some change in them. There is a large glove compartment and a relatively decent sized boot. The only issue I've had to far with the car is that the battery had run dry but that was my fault from leaving the lights on oops! The punto is also built on the floor plan of a Vauxhall corsa making buying parts a doddle. My only disadvantage is that the car does not have air conditioning making it very stuffy to drive in the summer but opening the windows isn't so bad, and it also saves you on petrol costs. It has been a brilliant first car for me and I don't have any thought on changing it anytime soon. Would definetly recommend to any young driver or someone who doesn't drive to far and is looking for a cheap run around. The amount of them on the roads really says everything you need to know. Go buy one.
February 2011 - I needed a new car.
I went to the local dealer and eventually after much debating, I plumped on the Fiat Grande Punto.
The look of the car, and the feel of the car when testing is what pushed me towards the purchase. It felt very smooth and very comfortable to sit in. The adjustable steering wheel that comes with it is also a bonus, as being quite tall, I have had the problem in other vehicles of my legs being half way round the steering wheel. Not so in this car!
The car itself has 6 gears (5 + reverse) and is economical in the sense of fuel consumption. I have never ever had a problem in terms of the performance of the car, HOWEVER, there are two things that I must warn you to check out:
1) Lights on the vehicle. As soon as I had purchased it, no sooner had I gone 15 miles down the road, a headlight bulb blew. Then that was replaced, and within a couple of weeks that had gone. Then it was the rear brake light (both have been replaced over time!) and currently, the lights that illumintate the number plate on the back have now gone. I have never in my life encountered so many electrical/light problems as with Fiat.
2) The spare tyre - I have a spare - great. What isn't so great is that the tyre is actually on the rim the wrong way, meaning it is a danger should it ever need to be used. So make sure that they tyre is on and facing the correct way. This was news to me as I never realised a tyre had a 'right' way.
To conclude, take away the 2 issues above, the car is the most successful one I have had the pleasure of using and overall, the style and comfort is great. Driving wise, I would definitely recommend it to you - there is even a 'City' setting, which lightens the steering whilst driving through busy city centres.
I originally bought this car a year ago as I needed a bigger small car. The look of the car is what first attracted me and after having driven it I was sold.
The ride is lovely and smooth and it glides through gears like a dream. I have a middle of the range model and its pretty comfortable inside. The driving position is good and visability all round is good too. It has in built hands free as well as windows in car media too which is a plus.
For parents out there you can easily switch the front airbag off through the on board computer system and the boot is a pretty good size, I can fit our double buggy in there fairly easily and its certainly easy to fit a full weeks shop in.
Theres plenty of legroom in the back for children and adults alike.
Petrol wise its pretty decent I currently get around 45 miles to the gallon. Its quick off the mark and for a 1.4 engine it feels pretty nippy, which is helped by the light easy steering.
Thus far i've had absolutely no problems with this car , mechnically or otherwise.
I've had my Fiat Grande Punto (60 reg) now for around 18 months. What attracted me to the car was the fact that my mum had one and she loved it, so I suppose I was already a step ahead in my search with having a personal trusted recommendation. I have the basic model, called a Sound, which I think was similar to the Active model of previous years - the only difference being that my car has colour coded door handles and mirrors, rather than bumper black/grey.
The car has very basic features, but there is an on board computer which shows you various things such as fuel consumption etc. It doesn't have air con but when do you actually need that in this country? Only a few days each summer! Another thing that slightly bothered me is that there are only two seatbelts in the back, so not very good if you're taxi-ing friends around or small children as you can only get 4 people in the car, including yourself. The glove box is also small and I think I've crammed mine a bit too full and now it doesn't quite close fully.
However, there are many good points!! The boot seems really spacious for a small car (plenty of space for my shopping!) and there is plenty of leg room in the front and back seats. There are also a few handy spaces for your phone or other small items around the driver and passenger seats. A feature that I do really like are the remote controls on the steering wheel for the stereo. I've also had a few people ask if my car has alloy wheels when they've seen it from a distance - they're just really good looking trims (but a bit fiddly to clean).
The car is economical with petrol and I think I do about 350 miles on a full tank which at the moment costs me about £50. It's also quite speedy being a 1.4 without being too fast for it's size. There are plenty of air bags which does help you to feel safe. Fiat are usually good with service options, and I've had a low mileage service which cost about £110 which was much cheaper than the other service.
I do like this car and would definitely buy another Fiat Punto. I do miss a few gadgets and features so maybe next time I'll have to spend a bit more to get more features. A good reliable cheap car!
The Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 Dynamic Sport really is Grande as it hints in the title! I bought my Black Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 (07 Plate) back in 2008 at auction for £5000 in full working order (Brand New Price Around £10,000). I sold it on 21st of March 2012 privately and really got my moneys worth back with a whopping £3,990. These cars really do hold their value. When I bought the car it had only done 8082 Miles on the clock and had a current MOT and valid Tax. When I sold it had then done 38,772 Miles on the clock and didn't have any Tax but it did have a current MOT. So if you calculate that it means that I drove 30,690 and owned the car for 4 years sold it with no Tax and only lost £1010. Now I Say lost but I didn't really lose out at all! In the 4 years I owned my Punto it was a very pleasurable experience. I had it serviced every year as I believe that if you look after your car, Your car will look after you! Some people may ask ... Then why did you sell it? Good Question! I started to find after 5 years driving a 1.4 I was getting bored of it. I've wanted a 2 litre Engine and finally took the leap and purchased a Golf GTI 2 Litre. But we aren't here to talk about Golfs. Its all about the Punto Baby! Here's some stats and facts about the Immense Fiat Punto Grande 1.4 Dynamic Sport 2 Door Hatchback....
Key Features: ABS, Alloy Wheels, Air Conditioning, CD Player, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Front Fog Lights, Full Service History, On Board Computer, Multiple Airbags, Power Steering, Engine Immobilizer
CO2 Emissions 139 g/km
Fuel Economy (Combined) 47.9 mpg (Combined)
Vehicle Tax (12 months) £115
Ill round this review off by saying that I would buy another Fiat Punto again in the future but I will say that it would need to be a 2 litre as Im used to the pulling power now with my Golf. If your looking for a wee car that is good on fuel, insurance and tax then I would have to say the Fiat should really be considered.
I will give the overall rating of 10/10.
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After having car after car break down on me I finally got a decent car, which I still have to this day but to be honest for the price I payed it really is no different what so ever to the car's I've had in the past. I used to have a rusty old Fiesta that never broke down on me but the breaks did almost go on me one day. hence the upgrade! But when I got this car although decent to drive within a month of having the car ( second hand 4 years old) The Electric window's stopped working, and as I'm a girl my first reaction was to go on the internet and look it up which turned out to be a connection in the car door which had disconnected as the door was slammed shut, to think that this is a relatively new car I would have expected Fiat to realize that this would be an issue ( which I assume it is as I found many people writing on forums with the same problem) and for them to make the connection much more sturdy and hard wearing and I didn't really want to prise off the plastic on the car door to be honest.
After this the car was ok for a while, it's always felt average for me, but having had such old car's in the past and never having them completely break down on me it was a total shock for me when one day I start it up and the engine makes a high pitched squealing sound before cutting out on me. This was the first time I've had to be towed to a garage and it was down to the battery which even had the Garage men confused as it was down to the battery which was quite new, but about £150 later it had a battery replaced and worked again.
The insurence for this car is average, affordable.
I mean I do like the look and size of this car, and on a good day it runs nicely, I just feel unsure as I start it up now as I'm not sure what to expect.
But I'll bring up some good point's shall I?
Some people may find this annoying but I quite enjoy the safety noise the car makes when someone is sat in the front seat without their belt on, however if you put bag's on the front seat that are quite heavy it can confuse it for a person and you have to wrap your belt around it and clip it in for the noise to stop, which I suppose is safer? maybe?
More good points.. urm... The petrol consumption seem's reasonable, I tend to drive around alot for work and the Petrol seem's slightly better than other car's I've had in the past. I'm not the greatest on car's so I'm trying to give you as much as I've experienced with this car!
The day I bought my Fiat Grande Punto was a strange one..I knew that I needed to get myself a new vehicle as my car at the time (a 2001 Peugeot 206) was on its last legs, so I set about the task of visiting car manufacturers in the city, after visiting at least 4 garages/dealers with little success, I came to the 5th, and poor old Peugeot completely clapped out there and then. Realising that I had to kiss goodbye to the Pug i looked round the dealers showroom and outside, and realised that my next motor would be very near.
The cars at the said dealer were all very similar.. Hatchbacks, mainy kia's, punto's and the like. My eyes scouted every car there, nothing satisfied me until i came across a nifty looking black punto in the corner.
I'd always thought of punto's as a bit of a girly car, but this particular model looked smart and elegant, so I thought there and then i'd ask the dealer for a test drive.
3 and a half years later I can honestly say it was the best purchase i've made.
Great econony.. I get 65 miles to the gallon on average, rides smootly, lovely steering, nice features inside and out.
Would reccommend this to anyone.
I purchased by Fiat Grande Punto in 2009 (car is an 06 reg). For the first 6 months the car ran beautifully, only had a few engine issues when it was cold but it always started and never broke down. The interior is cheap and you are surrounded by plastic, but as a cheap car this has to be expected. What i didnt expect was to have so many issues!
Firstly, the buttons for the wing mirrors broke and after a visit to Fiat these were fixed free of charge, they then broke after 2 weeks and after ringing Fiat they told me there wold be a charge of £30 to replace them again. I decided that this was something i could live without and as the mirrors where in the right positions for me it could be left.
Within the next 3 months countless faults appeared. The sum visors snapped on the driver side, then the passenger side, and this was not due to anyone being heavy handed. Then the rear window heaters stopped working, followed by the air con button. As these were all quite minor problems they were left and i put up with them as i couldn't afford to get them all repaired.
Then in the January the car wouldn't start, it would turn over and over then lose all power. The local garage couldn't fix this as if any repairs are made the system has to be re-set by a Fiat garage - at a charge of £60! I rang to book the car in with Fiat and they refused to collect the car so i had to be towed from home to the nearest dealer, 25 miles away. Fiat rang to say the fault had been fixed but they had found an issue with the power steering shaft. After countless calls it turned out that i needed a brand new power steering shaft altogether at a cost of £1050. Fiat then informed me there was a 6 week waiting list for the part - could this be a common problem and this was why there was such a wait.
8 weeks later i got my car back and was £1105 out of pocket. Fiat never returned my calls regarding the progress of the work and i later found out that the car had been ready for 10 days before they called me to collect it...i had rang several times within the 10 days alone and was told the part hadnt arrived!
All I can say is that personally I have never had a worse car. It is cheaply made, prone to problems in the interior and exterior and Fiat are unhelpful and the customer services is awful!
Last christmas when my car was unfortunately wrote off, i had the very expensive task of purchasing a car so i could actually get back to university after xmas. I read reviews on this car and finally found one at a local car dealer. i bought a 1.4 8v in grey. I was surprised at how much room there is with a 5 door I managed to fit all my university room into my car including one suitcase two storage boxes a washing basket and numerous other things i had gathered up over the year. Also when going on a night out with the boyfriend i was able to fit his three army friends who vary in height from 5'7 to over 6 ft without them feeling like a goldfish in a very small bowl. You can also fit a childseat in and it has the approved fittings for child seats. There are also childlocks on the doors and behind each seat is a storage area.
The trip computer is very useful as it measures your mpg and mine displays 45+ and also tells you how many miles of fuel you have remaining which is useful if your going on a long journey with a sat nav as i always use. It has also has trip a and b therefore you can measure how many miles you travel going to work without having to reset the whole counter. I put in about 20 pounds paying round 129.9 for petrol and i seem to get about 150 miles out of it depending on whether im using it around the town or on motorways. Also the trip computer tells you your current mpg per minute which can be quite useful.
It is nippy for going around town in and i find it easy to park as my parking is dreadful and you can also change the steering to city mode which makes it light and easy to manoeuvre.
The brakes are pretty sharp and when my boyfriend ends up driving it i normally lurch forward because he is not used to driving my car which proves you can stop pretty quickly.
I have kept the standard stero as i can sync it to my ipod via the radio and the volume bass and temp is suitable for what i need and you can programme your radio stations as you would find on other cars.
Airbags are also included for the extra safety.
i would recommend this car as it can be practical for family life as well and the insurance and road tax is cheaper than my previous car which is a bargain for me. tax is around 120 pound for the year. They also come in a range of colours if colour is your thing as well as an eco range.
I got this as my first car (lucky!) when I passed my driving test. It was my 17 year old birthday gift. Due to the insurance bracket, I believe it is one of the best cars for young drivers to have. I got the 1.4 litre engine, but you can also get lower engines which reduces insurance even more if you're a young driver.
It epitomises "boys car" This is because of its sleek-line design and cool gadgets in the car. The steering wheel itself looks like a racing-car steering wheel due to the weird handles at the top (These are really useful to drive as it allows you to rest your hands)
If you get a 5 door version, there is a lot of space to shove all your friends into the back! I'm normally the designated driver of my friends and this Fiat has seen a lot of mischief! There is always a lot of space to fit my drunken louts in the back and more!
Generally, it is a very easy car to drive. I live in London and using the City option, allows the steering wheel to become far more maneuverable. The clutch is one of the best clutches i've used and I consider it to be sensitive, but NOT so sensitive as other cars such as the Toyota Yaris. Getting to the biting point is very easy.
However, I have found numerous problems with this car, which I will discuss.
1) Depreciation. Unlike some beginner cars, the Fiat Punto Grande does not hold its value well. Fiat I believe has an element of stigma towards it and therefore their products lose price. I compared prices with a Corsa, which only had depreciated 2000, whereas my car nowadays is practically worthless (bought in 2008)
2) Tacky insides. The insides are made out of cheap plastic. The gear stick is just made out of plastic and sometimes quite hard to move because of the poor quality.
3) Difficult to park, due to the size of the car.
4) Too big for a 1.2 or 1.4 litre car. With such a small engine in such a big car, it is difficult to pull off at junctions. Don't even get me started when I have 4 people in the car (I'm the designated driver of the group) It is very slow to accelerate due to the sheer size of the car.
I purchased this car in March of this year, an '08 Registration with 30k on the clock for £4000. I was upgrading from an X-reg Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 and I am a young family man.
So far so good, the car is econmical, averaging at about 43MPG. It is comfortable to be sat in, the steering controls work fine and make life just a little easier and safer when changing tracks, it lights up nicely inside, is a smooth ride all around and is relatively nippy for an 8v engine.
It also looks the part too, mine is new orleans Blue and is the 'Sport' version too, which doesn't offer any performance increase that I am aware of BUT it comes with nice skirts, alloys, a mini 'Spoiler' or tail, leather steering wheel and cloth interior. The CD player is great and easy to use and the 6-speakers provide ample power for a nice listening experience too. Inside is well uniformed and it really feels as though you are driving a much bigger car. A nice big windscreen and sizeable enough rear window which plenty of visibility all around due to the long reach mirrors.
It's also safe, 5 star NCAP rating which ticks the box for me as I will frequently escort my young son using the car aswell. I'm very pleased up to now my with purchase and hope I shall continue to be so in the future.
I ordered my Fiat Grande Punto in August 2009 from a local Fiat Dealership and after what seemed like the longest 11 week wait the little beauty arrived.
I got a Fiat Punto Grande 3 door 1.4 model in Black with the black and red interior.
I have to say that it took my breath away when I saw it as it was so classy and shiny and looked fantastic. But as you know looks are not everything so I had to get it on the road.
The car has built in 'Blue and Me' which means that you have complete control of the radio/CD player from the steering wheel. You can also answer telephone calls from the control panel on the steering wheel and also make outgoing calls. There is also a USB port in the glove compartment which means that you can put a memory stick in there with MP3's on and access the music instead of messing about with CD's or the radio. I have had a few problems with mine as I don't think that it accesses the 32GB memory stick that I have, maybe there is too much music on there for the system to compute.
I was very disappointed to find out that the 'Blue and Me' is not compatible with the Apple iPhone and the only way to connect is via an attachment that you need to buy separately and is about £80.
The overall experience whilst driving the car is great, the seats are comfortable, the dashboard is really easy to read and the petrol consumption is great. In this day and age the petrol was an issue for me as a mother of a young child it was important that I saved money where ever I could.
The road tax of the car is only £110 for 12 months which is on the lower end of the road tax bands and the insurance is also very reasonable and is a low group.
The car has a built in ecoDrive system which monitors how you drive and then it gives you hints and tips of how to save petrol and also wear and tear on the car. This is a great idea and i use this regularly.
Overall I am really pleased with the car and when I am looking to renew in about 12 months time I will be looking at another Grande Punto but this time possibly a 5 door Eco version.
I'm afraid I have absolutely zero technical knowledge when it comes to cars, so I'm going to review this on the things I do understand about cars. For example, how it drives, how it looks, how reliable it is and it's in car gadgets. If you require a review about the inner workings of this car, you best check someone else's review. Before getting this car I had a Fiat Punto ELX 90 1.6. As I loved this car I went for a Fiat again. This time the Fiat Grande Punto 1.4.
It's quite small with smooth lines making it look modern and sleek. The inside looks impressive. Lit up buttons throughout the entire front of the car make this model look exciting and I looked forward to trying them out. The car is 159 inches long, 66.4 inches wide and 59 inches high. It has a luxurious feel when you sit in it and for a fairly small car it has quite a lot of leg room. There is an arm rest between the front two seats that seems like a clever idea for about 5 minutes until you start to drive and realise you would never want this down as it would obstruct your elbow room.
As a fairly short female myself, I do enjoy the seat height adjusting features. The seat can be moved inwards and upwards by considerable amounts. I have quite little legs, but can easily reach the peddles when I have adjusted the seat. Equally when the seat is raised I can see well over the dashboard. The corner of the window screen on the driver's side has quite a considerable blind patch though which is purely down to poor design.
When I first drove round the block I accidently tested the new seat belts when I pressed my foot down on the brakes. They were extremely sensitive to the touch and much more so than I was used to. Just a light tap on the brakes and the car came to a complete stop. This only took me a few hours to get used to and once I had I much preferred these brakes.
I quite quickly noticed that the car made you feel the bumps in the road a lot more than my previous car. When you're driving you do not notice this too badly, but as a passenger it can get quite annoying.
Next big test in my new car was a longer drive with some motorway driving included. So I set off and enjoyed the excellent sound of the CD player. All was going well until I got to the first round about. As a small gap appeared for me to join the roundabout I put my foot down on the gas expecting to fly forward as I had with my previous car. Unfortunately the 1.2 engine struggled and the acceleration was not what I expected. The car coming towards me had to put their brakes on and I understandably got beeped. I realise this car is only a 1.4, but I do think it is particularly sluggish. Leave plenty of time to pull away from stationery. Also because of this slow acceleration I found myself stalling the car several times in the first few weeks of driving this.
Inside the car there are quite a few gadgets and functions. Here are some of the helpful functions. You can warm or cool the car to your own preference quite quickly. You can also defrost or de-steam the windows in just a few minutes.
Another feature of this model is the rear parking sensor. This is extremely helpful whilst parking. The sensor will beep at you as you approach a rear object. The beeping will become continuous as you get closer to the object. I'm not the best parker ever and I'm not sure I could do without this feature now.
It also has Bluetooth connectivity, meaning you can put your MP3/IPod in and it plays your songs.
A rather strange feature is the City drive. This makes the steering lighter to help in tight parking spaces, but as this car has power steering anyway, I don't find this at all useful.
The doors will automatically lock after a few minutes of driving which makes me feel quite safe. It is not very noisy when this happens and once it has done this a couple of times you will not even notice it.
OK a few more details regarding this car. There are five doors and the boot is average size. I can fit my Labrador quite comfortably in the boot or alternatively several shopping bags. The seats are comfortable and the side mirrors can be adjusted from the driver's seat. There are so many buttons on the front of the car that it took me quite a while to learn which one's I actually find useful. Also the way you turn the window screen wipers on means I have turned the stick the wrong way several times, which is not ideal when you are driving.
In summary I much preferred my old Fiat Punto because of its bigger engine size, but the Grande is not bad for the price. I think there are some glaring errors to this mode, but in general it gets you from A to B. It has not yet broken down on me and it is comfortable. Unfortunately you can feel most of the lumps and bumps on the roads and some of the buttons are not needed. I rate this car 7 out of 10.
Had this car since new, its been a experience.
The car is very spacious inside plenty of leg room for all passengers and the fifth seat in the middle is usable but still not the best place in the world. I find the driving position low but pumping the seat up slowly goes back down again.
The boot is large but plastic around the parcel shelf makes it very narrow at a push you can unscrew these but not for the faint hearted.
The generally build quality is of classic Italian car, poor to weak in most places. One of our airvents just snapped its handle and now it doesnt work, the air vent below the window gave up and snapped some of its clips and rattles.
Its had a number of recalls on it so back to the main dealer for repairs, the interior is ageing badly and even in the third year warranty fiat will not touch anything, even the steering wheel peeling apart.
There has been a few problems, the engine mounts are becoming loose very quickly and because the engine moves so much the air intake has become loose and rattles when you accelerate, drives you nuts. Fiat just clip it back on and say its fixed.
The sunviors are just holding on for dear life with there cheap brackets, likewise for the parcel shelf the clips broke and now it just sits there rattling.
You would be mad to use the 1.2, this feels underpowered to me, you have to rev until the tappets are dancing on the bonnet to get any decent power for junctions.
The engine like oil doesn't seem to burn it, no visible smoke or leaks just gets through plenty, needs its rocker cover gasket changed every two years or it leaks.
The air con is weak on full power it struggles with a sunny day and does burn a bit more fuel in working. The on-board computer thing is quite good once you turn off all the beeping for this and that. The radio so far is working well, the sound quality isn't bad for cds. Forget most your radio stations though, the reception is rubbish.
We got one radio key which is poorly laid out when starting the car you often press the button open button which means getting out and closing.
Personally I wouldn't buy a fiat again, the dealers are living up to the stereotypes of car dealers and the after sales is little more than mouth action. The car has plenty of faults which I haven't had yet, have a look around you will find them.
I bought my Fiat Grande Punto when it was two and half years old and I have had it just over a year.
I haven't had the major problems that some other people have had but a couple of things have gone wrong since I got the car. The first being a sensor going which caused the RPM counter to stop working on my dashboard. The car was still under warrenty so I took to the dealer, got it fixed and it's been fine since.
The other seemed to be an electrical problem over the winter time causing the engine to cut out sometimes when I came to a stop at a junction. But this seems to corrected it's self and again has been fine since.
I got a letter through the post informing me of a recall of Grande Punto's because of a stearing fault, so I took it back to the dealer but no problem was found with my car.
Overall though I really like this car, it's really spacious for a small car and is really comfortable and drives well. Good car for the money but don't expect it to 100% reliable.