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Fiat Punto

Punto

Fiat logo1 Aug 2013

By DANIEL GARDNER

As a part of its plans to become known as the more than just the ‘500’ brand in Australia, Fiat resurrected its Punto light car in 2013 after the Italian make’s previous local distributor discontinued the model in 2010.

The return of the likeable little runabout saw a major price drop from when the vehicle sold here previously as the company repositioned it as its cheap and cheerful option before launching the more expensive Panda just months later.

It was essentially the same car that launched in 2006 but with a few minor styling changes including new front and rear bumpers, restyled grille and fog-lights and new tail-lights.

Three specifications were available from launch, including Pop, Easy and Lounge with just one engine option across the board – a 57kW/115Nm 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol unit with a lazy 0-100km/h time of 13.2 seconds.

Fuel economy on the other hand was excellent, with variants matched with a five-speed manual gearbox recording 5.7l/100km, while the five-speed auto sipped 5.4L/100km.

Standard features in the base Pop included idle stop, six airbags, daytime running lights, air conditioning, electric front windows, remote central locking, six-speaker audio system, Blue&Me hands-free connectivity with Bluetooth and 15-inch steel wheels.

Mid-spec Easy added 15-inch alloys, a drivers knee airbag, a premium dash, cruise control, leather steering wheel and gear shift, front centre armrest, electric front and rear windows and the Bluetooth system as well as a USB and auxiliary jack. Flagship Lounge variants featured more premium look thanks to 16-inch alloy wheels, a sports body-kit with side skirts and rear spoiler, adaptive fog-lights with cornering function, aluminium exterior mirror caps and a chrome exhaust tip. 

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