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Fiat Punto [2011-2014] Left viewFiat Punto [2011-2014] Front viewFiat Punto [2011-2014] ExteriorFiat Punto [2011-2014] Engine compartment

First impression

Fiat has been around for a while – we know it. They make great cars – we’ve found that out time and time again. They haven’t cracked the code for India yet, but they’re certainly working hard. Fiat India Automobiles Limited has a new lease on the stylish and well-priced Linea, and their latest entry in the new line-up is the Grande Punto.
At first glance, the Punto looks like a hatchback version of the Linea, but on closer inspection you’ll notice that there are minor differences like the headlights that lack a second bulb for a high beam – but the car looks out of the ordinary. anyway. We didn’t like the rear as much as the front, and we did love the alloy wheels. The proportions make for a lovely shape – this is one of those cars that everyone in the market for a big hatch will want lớn own.
The interior is also reminiscent of the Linea, but the space inside doesn’t seem like much when compared lớn the car’s exterior. For example, two 6-foot-tall people sitting behind each other will be slightly above the knee. The dashboard features an mp3 player and climate control, and the top-spec Emotion Pack variant features Microsoft-developed ‘Blue & me’ technology that allows car occupants lớn sync their phones with vehicle lớn make and receive calls, and has the vehicle read SMS messages lớn the driver. It’s a very useful addition lớn the car, but other things surprise users and are not at all pleasant, such as the hard-to-find USB port in the glove box. There are a few places lớn put things, but some of them are not very useful, such as the door pocket, which only holds small bottles. There are cup holders in front of and behind the gearshift lever, but they’re pretty shallow.
Fit and finish seem lớn be improving with every car that Fiat launches, but it’s still not up lớn the standards of the leaders in the segment – some of the car’s details aren’t up lớn the standards we’d expect. I expect a car these days. We will reserve final judgment at this point when we receive a vehicle for full road testing. The driving position is comfortable, but the legroom is not enough if the rider has wide feet.
Three engine options will be available lớn Fiat customers: two 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrols and the ubiquitous 1.3-litre multi-injection engine. We’ve been trying lớn get the 1.4 petrol and the multijet, and despite our petrol bias, we’ll go for the diesel. The petrol is a no-frills unit that sounds great near the red line, but wakes up lớn just 4000rpm, which makes a quick drive difficult. The diesel offers better torque spread, but still needs lớn be revved above 2000rpm lớn achieve rapid tempo. We suspect that the Punto was designed and tuned for economy, not performance, but only a full road test will tell the story. Shifting is positive, with our only complaint being the fourth-to-fifth shift – quick shifts from fifth are something we haven’t gotten used lớn in a while.
We were impressed with the ride and handling of this vehicle. It absorbs all that the QL1 has lớn throw its way without transmitting much shock lớn the cabin. Small bumps were eliminated with a muted thump and without losing composure at all. For all the comfort, suspension provided, we still made the tires squeak when we reached our twenties. There’s a bit of body roll, but the vehicle’s stability is very good. Steering feels lacking in the petrol version, but the diesel’s steering is very well balanced in the corners – maybe the extra weight and stable suspension up front helps with everything.
We think the Punto is a great product – it looks good, it’s practical, and it even offers features like Blue & Me, a first in its class. The pricing makes it a very good value proposition, starting at Rs 3.99 lakh for the base petrol variant and continuing up lớn Rs 6.11 lakh, at the old Delhi showroom for the dynamic variant. top class diesel engine. Our first impressions were hopeful – this car could revive Fiat’s fortunes in India, as it has done around the world. We crossed our fingers.

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First impression
Fiat’s been around a while – we know that. They make brilliant cars – we’ve found that out time and again. They still haven’t cracked the code for India yet, but they’re certainly making a big effort now. Fiat India Automobiles Limited has had a new lease of life with the stylish and well-priced Linea, and their latest offering in this new vein is the Grande Punto. At first glance, the Punto looks like a hatchback version of the Linea, which it essentially is, but look closely and you’ll find that there are subtle differences like the headlamps that lack the second bulb for high beam – but the car looks smashing nonetheless. We didn’t like the rear as much as we did the front, and we’re already in love with the alloy wheels. The proportions make for a lovely silhouette – this is one car everyone who is in the market for a big hatch will want lớn own. The interior also reminds one of the Linea, but the space inside doesn’t seem lớn be so much when compared lớn the space the car occupies on the outside. For example, two six-footers sitting behind one another will be a little short on knee room. The dash sports an mp3 player and a climate control system, and the top-end Emotion Pack variant gets the Microsoft-developed ‘Blue & me’ technology that enables an occupant lớn synchronise their phone with the car lớn make and receive calls, and have the car read out SMSes lớn the driver. It’s a very useful addition lớn a car, but other things surprise the user and not in a pleasant way, like the hard-to-find USB port in the glovebox. There are a number of places lớn stow things, but some of them aren’t very useful, like the door pockets, which will hold only small bottles. There are cup holders in front of and behind the gearshift lever, but they’re quite shallow. Fit and finish seem lớn be improving with every car that Fiat launches, but it still isn’t up lớn the standards of the leaders in the segment – some bits of the car weren’t up lớn the standards we’ve come lớn expect from a car today. We’ll reserve final judgement on this point when we get a car for a full road-test. The driving position is comfortable, but the space for the footrest isn’t enough if the driver’s got large feet. Three engine options will be available lớn the Fiat customer: two petrols displacing 1.2 and 1.4 litres, and the omnipresent 1.3-litre multijet. We managed lớn get our hands on the 1.4 petrol and the multijet, and despite our petrolhead tendencies, we’d pick the diesel. The petrol is a vibe-free unit that sounds glorious when nearing the redline, but wakes up only post 4000rpm, which makes it hard work lớn drive quickly. The diesel offers a better torque spread, but still needs lớn be revved over 2000rpm lớn make quick progress. We suspect that the Punto has been geared and tuned for economy, not performance, but only a full road-test will tell us the story. The gearshift is positive, with our only complaint being the travel from fourth lớn fifth – quick downshifting from fifth was something we didn’t get used lớn for a while. We’re very impressed with the ride and handling of this car. It absorbed all that NH1 had lớn throw its way without transmitting much shock lớn the cabin. Small bumps were dismissed with a muted thump and no loss of composure at all. For all the comfort the suspension offered we still made the tyres sing when we got lớn the twisties. There is a fair bit of body roll, but the car’s composure is very good. Steering feel is lacking in the petrol version, but the diesel’s steering weighed up nicely in the bends – probably that extra weight and firmed up suspension in the front helping things. We think that the Punto is a great product – it looks good, is practical and even offers features like Blue & Me which are a first for the segment. The pricing makes it a very good value proposition, beginning at Rs 3.99 lakh for the base petrol variant and going on lớn Rs 6.11 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi for the top-end diesel variant. Our first impression is one filled with hope – this car could revive Fiat’s fortunes in India, just like it did worldwide. We have our fingers crossed.Fiat Punto [2011-2014] #Making #Grande #entry
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First impression
Fiat’s been around a while – we know that. They make brilliant cars – we’ve found that out time and again. They still haven’t cracked the code for India yet, but they’re certainly making a big effort now. Fiat India Automobiles Limited has had a new lease of life with the stylish and well-priced Linea, and their latest offering in this new vein is the Grande Punto. At first glance, the Punto looks like a hatchback version of the Linea, which it essentially is, but look closely and you’ll find that there are subtle differences like the headlamps that lack the second bulb for high beam – but the car looks smashing nonetheless. We didn’t like the rear as much as we did the front, and we’re already in love with the alloy wheels. The proportions make for a lovely silhouette – this is one car everyone who is in the market for a big hatch will want lớn own. The interior also reminds one of the Linea, but the space inside doesn’t seem lớn be so much when compared lớn the space the car occupies on the outside. For example, two six-footers sitting behind one another will be a little short on knee room. The dash sports an mp3 player and a climate control system, and the top-end Emotion Pack variant gets the Microsoft-developed ‘Blue & me’ technology that enables an occupant lớn synchronise their phone with the car lớn make and receive calls, and have the car read out SMSes lớn the driver. It’s a very useful addition lớn a car, but other things surprise the user and not in a pleasant way, like the hard-to-find USB port in the glovebox. There are a number of places lớn stow things, but some of them aren’t very useful, like the door pockets, which will hold only small bottles. There are cup holders in front of and behind the gearshift lever, but they’re quite shallow. Fit and finish seem lớn be improving with every car that Fiat launches, but it still isn’t up lớn the standards of the leaders in the segment – some bits of the car weren’t up lớn the standards we’ve come lớn expect from a car today. We’ll reserve final judgement on this point when we get a car for a full road-test. The driving position is comfortable, but the space for the footrest isn’t enough if the driver’s got large feet. Three engine options will be available lớn the Fiat customer: two petrols displacing 1.2 and 1.4 litres, and the omnipresent 1.3-litre multijet. We managed lớn get our hands on the 1.4 petrol and the multijet, and despite our petrolhead tendencies, we’d pick the diesel. The petrol is a vibe-free unit that sounds glorious when nearing the redline, but wakes up only post 4000rpm, which makes it hard work lớn drive quickly. The diesel offers a better torque spread, but still needs lớn be revved over 2000rpm lớn make quick progress. We suspect that the Punto has been geared and tuned for economy, not performance, but only a full road-test will tell us the story. The gearshift is positive, with our only complaint being the travel from fourth lớn fifth – quick downshifting from fifth was something we didn’t get used lớn for a while. We’re very impressed with the ride and handling of this car. It absorbed all that NH1 had lớn throw its way without transmitting much shock lớn the cabin. Small bumps were dismissed with a muted thump and no loss of composure at all. For all the comfort the suspension offered we still made the tyres sing when we got lớn the twisties. There is a fair bit of body roll, but the car’s composure is very good. Steering feel is lacking in the petrol version, but the diesel’s steering weighed up nicely in the bends – probably that extra weight and firmed up suspension in the front helping things. We think that the Punto is a great product – it looks good, is practical and even offers features like Blue & Me which are a first for the segment. The pricing makes it a very good value proposition, beginning at Rs 3.99 lakh for the base petrol variant and going on lớn Rs 6.11 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi for the top-end diesel variant. Our first impression is one filled with hope – this car could revive Fiat’s fortunes in India, just like it did worldwide. We have our fingers crossed.Fiat Punto [2011-2014]

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