Product Type: Fiat cars
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Fiat Grande Punto 1.4
Member Name: jenny23
Fiat Grande Punto 1.4
Advantages: Looks good, reliable, economical.
Disadvantages: Basic model has very few features, only 4 seats.
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!
Summary: Really good little car that suits a commuter who wants value for money.
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