This car is a steady ride, depending on your needs this car is probably good for you. I use this car for short daily journeys of around 10 miles in a rural area. This car could be used better if it was used in city/urban areas due to its small size. this 5 door version is better suited to a small family or a number of people. The ride comfort is not the best you will find but for what you pay the car has a reasonable level of comfort worthy of 4 stars. The car seems small but is larger inside, there is a pleasurable amount of leg room and space for storage in the side doors which is good for multiple people. The 5th seat as in most cars is only really suitable for a small child. The cars boot is of reasonable size, larger than others i have seen even in bigger cars. Driver and passenger seats are both adjustable. Multiple cup holders are present to the front of the car with a glove box and built in CD/radio system. In the 5 door 5 seater version the front two windows are electric where the rear two are hand wound. I would suggest this car as a first car to younger drivers due to its low cost and good ability. the main negative is that the body work isn't the most attractive thing and the interior looks cheap.
This car is now no longer in my possession due to an accident in it, don't worry I'm safe through the car was written off the car did stay very strong kept me safe. I have more opinion to add about this - Now this car is older and there are noticeably less on the roads a better idea may be to look into the Fiat Punto Bravo or Evo version. These are the new low spec Puntos, that are still great for journeys and ride comfort though being newer they could cost marginally more. After getting rid of my old Punto I did purchase a Bravo, which is 2nd of the 3 new Puntos on cost and thus spec. I have now added 'Safe' to the list of Advantages and improved its Reliability to 5 stars because of how safe it kept me in the circumstances.
I first purchased this car from new in 2001 and it is a 1.2 litre engine 5 door hatch back model, the attraction for me at time for me was a nice small family car, cheap and economical to run, since I previously many years before had a car from the Fiat range.
It is an ideal size and it has enough leg room in the rear as well as the front, 3 passengers can comfortably seat in the back and each of the front seats have head rests.
It has both driver and front passenger air bag fitted as standard, the passenger airbag can be disabled for safety for when carrying a small child on an appropriate child seat in the front seat.
It has a 5 speed gearbox and a decent glove compartment to store belongings out of site or map books etc.
The boot is a decent size and the spare wheel for the car is stored under the matting and also comprises of your Jack and wheel brace if in the unfortunate event you need to change a wheel, of which we all need to change one at sometime while driving.
The backs seats can be folded down for addition room for carrying luggage etc and the interior is of a smart appearance.
On the dashboard you can see clearly your speedometer and there is also a digital clock and the fuel gage has a bright orange light which comes on when you are low on fuel.
This car does approximately 38 miles to a gallon and it goes much further on longer runs.
It comes in a variety of colours and you can pay extra for metallic paint.
Other features the car has is a stereo and my model had the radio cassette, and it has central locking and electric windows to the front and the back windows are hand down windows.
I found it to be a cheap and economical car to run and I had this car from new until the end of last year, and this car is a very basic car but I found it to be a work horse and it served me well over the years.
I rate it 5 stars.
I have owned this model of Fiat Punto before and had to get rid of it in the end unfortunately as for me it just wasn't reliable at all. At the start it was fine but within a year there were things going wrong with the exhaust and the engine and it was costing me more and more each year in repairs at the garage and everytime it went from it's MOT. In regards to driving it the power steering is great and the car runs very smoothly at all speeds and taking off from lights or in heavy traffic. However for me it is just not reliable and I can compare it for my Nissan Micra which has been extremely reliable and never broken down yet. Now, maybe I have been unlucky with this car but can only go on my experience and it is only my opinion but I won't be buying a fiat again in a hurry
I bought my Fiat Punto 1.2, 5-door hatchback new in October 2002, after my previous car was written-off in a very bad accident (not my fault!). Obviously, as a result of this, I only had two "must have's" on my new car shopping list: 1) Airbags 2) ABS to give me peace of mind when driving. At that point, I wasn't bothered what other features my new car had, although my husband was keener than me to make sure we bought something packed full of features.
My Punto does have driver and passenger airbags. The passenger airbag can easily be deactivated by inserting the ignition key into the appropriate place to the side of the dashboard on the passenger side. This feature is great if you have a baby, as you can then put the baby seat on the passenger seat. The ABS works fine. I have never had ABS on my previous cars and I do think it makes a difference. I have noticed it anyway.
Well, that's my two "must have's" reviewed, so now onto what I considered to be all the extra bonus features when I bought my Punto.
Probably the best feature is the excellent fuel consumption. I fill up my tank once a month. This costs me approximately £30.00. I can get more or less 425 miles on that £30.00. This is far better fuel consumption than that of any of mine of my husband's previous cars (and we have had a lot of them!).
Another great feature is the CITY button. The steering is really light anyway, but activating CITY makes the steering extra light, ideal for use when parking or going round tight corners such as those in multi storey car parks.
After my car accident in my previous car, I was left with a twisted spine. I find it difficult to manoeuvre in and out of cars, but the height of my Punto makes getting in and out very easy. It's also a nice height to drive at. The seat is significantly higher up than that of most cars. It feels somewhere between the average car seat height and that of a land rover or people carrier. It also makes visibility better than that of most other cars I have been in.
The Punto is a surprisingly spacious car. There is a lot of legroom in the front and I find that the back has more legroom than my husband's 2.0L Ford Focus or my Mum's 2.0L Nissan Sunny. As a result of this, I think there is slightly less boot space in my Punto. However, I rarely carry anything in my boot, so I would rather have the extra space in the main body of the car.
I can't fault the mechanics of the car, as to date; I have never had any mechanical problems. My car is kept outside and has always started first time, even in the depths of winter. It has never had to have any repairs. The only time it has been in a garage is for its annual service.
I honestly can't think of any disadvantages of my Fiat Punto. It is extremely reliable and economic. It is a lovely car; great to look at and even better to drive!
Money well spent; it gives me great peace of mind when I am driving...and you can't put a price on that!!!