Fiat Punto Used for sale Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Cirencester,Stroud, Gloucestershire
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Fiat Punto Used for sale Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Cirencester,Stroud, Gloucestershire

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The Fiat Grande Punto is a fantastic supermini. With great styling, a superb interior and near-unbeatable value for money, it’s a winner. Great to drive and alot more reliable than its reputation.

Vehicle Information

Tax Band:  E 120.00
Insurance Group:  3
Number of Previous Owners:  0
Fuel Type:  Petrol
Co2 Emissions:  139
BHP:  77
Max Speed:  103
Acceleration:  12.80
Combined (mpg):  47.00

Vehicle Features

Air Conditioning
Alloy Wheels
Sports Seats
Radio/CD Player
Remote Central Locking
Power Steering
6 Airbags
ABS
Electric Windows
Electric Mirrors

Used Fiat Grande Punto Cars For Sale Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

1. Exterior

The Fiat Grande Punto is surely the prettiest supermini on the road. Its front is reminiscent of the Aston Martin DB9, which can only be a good thing, while the rear and sides carry on the curvy theme. There are plenty of neat touches around the Grande Punto, especially on the Sporting model we tested – that gets gorgeous 17-inch alloys, a discreet boot spoiler, chrome exhaust and badging bearing the monikers Multijet (the engine’s name) and Giugiaro (the car’s designer). But even the base models look great, testament to the Punto’s design flair.
Our rating: 4

2. Interior

Often interiors fail to live up to the expectations set by the bodywork. Not so with the Grande Punto. The Sporting model we tested gets racy white dials, but it’s not festooned with alloy-look bits. Instead it gets a very pretty satin finish which frames the centre console and runs across to the passenger side. Other models in the range get colour-coded dashboards.The seats are very supportive and hold occupants’ hips firm under fast cornering, and feature strange patterns of nine bumps – like soft studs from a football boot.
Our rating: 4

3. Practicality

The Grande Punto’s levels of practicality have grown since its predecessor. There’s lots of room in the front, and all but the tallest of rear passengers can fit in the back fairly easily. At four metres long, Fiat says the Grande Punto is the biggest in its class. The 17-inch alloys fitted to our test car means an equivalent-sized spare wheel won’t fit in the boot, so is replaced by a pump and tyre foam system. There’s plenty of storage space in reach of the driver, although it’s tricky to place drink cans in the centre console-mounted cupholders.
Our Rating: 4

4. Ride and handling

The Fiat Grande Punto feels sure-footed and composed at speed, which has a lot to do with the extra width of the larger car. The steering is precise, although not so razor sharp as the Ford Fiesta, SEAT Ibiza or hot versions of the Renault Clio. The steering feels very light at low speeds although it gets heavier as the car gets faster, allowing more resistance and more ‘feel’. The Grande Punto features Fiat’s ‘City’ mode, which when activated lightens the steering further to make it easier to park and make tight urban turns.
Our rating: 4

5. Performance

The 130bhp 1.9 Multijet fitted to our test car is a real gem. It feels punchy, refined and loves to rev, unlike most diesels which run out of puff around 3,000rpm. It’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, which is a joy to use. 0-62mph takes a claimed 9.5 seconds, but it feels faster. Top speed is 124mph. The Sporting is currently the hottest model in the range, but other models include two 1.3-litre diesels offering 75bhp and 90bhp, along with a lower-power 120bhp version of the 1.9-litre Multijet. Petrol choices include 65bhp 1.2-litre and a 77bhp or 95bhp 1.4-litre.
Our rating: 4

6. Running costs

Prices start from around £7,500, making the Grande Punto an exceptionally cheap machine. Even our top-of-the-range test car weighs in at well under £13,000. Huge demand (the Punto is one of the 20 most searched for car on autotrader.co.uk) keeps second-hand values healthy. We managed to keep our test car on the right side of 41mpg, despite a tortuous commute along fast A-roads and through London’s urban crawl. Insurance is low at group 6, while emissions of 154g/km place it in tax Band D. Servicing is every 18,000 miles and when the engine oil and filter light comes on.
Our rating: 4

7. Reliability

Fiat has been working tirelessly to iron out the niggling little problems which used to beset its vehicles and the Grande Punto seems as well built as anything else from Europe. The engines and transmissions in the range are mostly proven mechanicals, with few common faults. The Reliability Index for the cost and frequency of breakdowns rates the Punto far better than average.
Our rating: 4

8. Safety

Scoring a full five-star rating in the EuroNCAP crash test programme is commonplace, so it’s no surprise the Grande Punto has followed suit. All models feature ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and six airbags on all but the basic model. Models equipped with the 1.4 Sporting or 1.9 Multijet engines also get electronic stability programme with Hill Holder, which keeps the car stationary on slopes, giving the driver time to move from the brake to the accelerator without rolling backwards.
Our rating: 4

9. Equipment

With its low price tag rivalling much slower opposition from the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris, the Sporting model we tested has an impressive level of kit. All models receive electric front windows, remote central locking and ‘follow me home’ headlights which stay on after the car is locked. Higher spec models get air-con or climate control, alloy wheels, Fiat’s Blue&Me Bluetooth hands-free system with USB port, electric mirrors and MP3-compatible CD player. The range-topping Sporting adds larger 17-inch alloys, chrome exhaust, cruise control, sporty bucket seats and a trip computer.
Our rating: 4

10. Why buy?

The Grande Punto oozes style from every angle. It’s great fun to drive, especially in the 1.9 Sporting guise. But best of all is its tremendous value for money.
Our rating: 4