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Fiat Abarth Punto
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9.9 Lakhs-9.9 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Masculine appearance 
  • Loaded with features
  • Powerful performance
  • Superior dynamics
 

Weak Areas

  • No automatic
  • Expensive than rivals
  • Average space
  • Low mileage
 
Fiat Abarth Punto
 
 

Abarth Punto Expert Review

Italian car manufacturer, Fiat India Ltd., has come out with yet another hottest hatchback Abarth Punto for the Indian market and hopes that it will enhance their image. 


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Italian Auto Major, Fiat India Ltd has come out with yet another hottest hatchback named ‘Abarth Punto’. With the launch of Abarth Punto, the company expects that its image in the country would be enhanced. It is also the Fiat’s endeavour to provide the Indian customer with genuine successor to Palio 1.6 which is the best hatch available in the country.
 
          Fiat Abarth Punto
 
The car is priced at INR 9.95 lakhs (ex-Showroom Delhi) and comes in Pearl White as well as Hip Hop Black. The car is produced from the Fiat’s factory at Ranjangaon, Maharashtra. The car comes in single variant. The car is in competition with Volkswagen Polo and Fiat Linea. Let’s see here about the hottest hatch in detail. 
 
Exteriors
            Fiat Abarth Punto Stylish Abarth Decals
The all new Punto Abarth comes with a stylish body structure. The front facade of the car comes with contrast colouring around the grille. The fiat fans can choose from the Hip Hop Black or Pearl White Colours. The car comes with original Italian make combined with the traditional performance of Fiat vehicles. The hatch is adorned with Abarth’s scorpion emblem.
 
          Fiat Abarth Punto Red Coloured ORVMs
 
Apart from that, the car comes with rear spoiler, racing stripe, contract wing mirror caps, scorpion logo on the roof, 16 inch scorpion alloy wheels and body decals. The alloy wheels comes with 195/55 R 16 tyres which looks stunning. However, the massive gap in wheel arches spoils the stance of the car. The car maker also says that they have reduced the height by 30 mm to 155 mm and if they reduce it further it would result in the vulnerability of the underbody on our roads. The car also comes with Reindeer head lamps, light guide tail lamps, body colour bumpers, chrome plated door handles, ORVMs in red coloured and also electrically adjustable, exhaust pipe, etc.  The car comes with a length of 3989 mm, width of 1687mm, height of 1505 mm and a wheelbase of 2510 mm. 
 
Interiors 
 
The interiors of the car come with race pedals, the sleek black upholstery accentuated by red and yellow stitching gives the sporty and dynamic look. The interiors is loaded with jaegar instrument panel, leather covered steering wheels, gears knobs thus making the car to emanate full confidence with style. All the sporty seats are built in with sculpted lateral supports as well as head restraints. Other equipments available on the interiors are electric heated mirrors, cruise control, front and rear power windows, air-con trip computer, brembo front brakes and interscope stereo. The car also comes with electrically adjustable wind mirrors, tilt steering, 60:40 folding rear seat, integrated CD/MP3/FM Player with Microsoft Blue & Me, Voice Commands, Bluetooth, USB, AUX-in and steering integrated controls. The hatch also comes with trip meter with distance to empty, Automatic AC with rear AC vents, Desmodronic foldable key, aluminium pedals and electric boot release.
 
             Fiat Abarth Punto Sporty Seats
 
Though the hatch is a lean and mean racing machine but it comes with several safety features such as dual front airbags with passenger side deactivation system, ABS, EBD, auto door lock, remote keyless entry, central locking, engine immobiliser, fire prevention system, etc. The airbags ensures that you are always safe whether you are on the track or on the road.
 
            Fiat Abarth Leather Wrapped Knob
 
The car also comes with fully automatic climate controls, air-conditioning, Rear AC vents and controls, heater, door armrests, seating capacity of five persons and height adjustable driver seat. The additional features available on the hatch are speed sensitive volume control, dry front windshield, dead pedal that rest your path for programmable duration, rear parcel shelf, boot lamp, door open indicator, electric boot, window wiper and washer, cuts fuel supply in case of roll over, etc. 
 
It offers a boot space of 280 litres and a fuel tank capacity of 45 litres
 
Engine, Transmission and Performance 
 
The major advantage of the Abarth Punto is that it borrows engine from Linea which is a 1.4 litre four inline cylinders T Jet petrol engine which gives out more powerful performance and comes with 16V DOHC with four valves. The engine churns out a power of 145 PS @ 5500 rpm and a torque of 212 Nm @ 2000-4000 rpm. The hatch can reach 0-100 Kmph in 8.8 seconds. The car is mated to a five speed manual transmission with leather gear shift knob. The engine displacement is 1668 cc.
 
         Fiat Abarth Punto Crafted-Race-Eng
 
It is also to be noted that T-Jet petrol engine oozes out more power making it the most powerful hatch in its segment and it also sets a benchmark for the cars to follow. It is also to be noted that VW Polo that features additional moniker GT also could not compete with the power figure of Abarth Punto. The ground clearance rate of the car is 155 mm which is 20 mm lesser than the Fiat Punto. 
 
Ride and Handling 
 
The car comes with independent wheel suspension with McPherson Struts, Double Acting Telescopic Dampers, Helical Coil Springs and Stabilizer Bar in the front, at the rear it comes with torsion beam, double acting telescopic dampers and helical coil springs. It also comes with discs both in the front as well as at the back. The power churned out by the powerful engine makes it easier to handle and the car could be driven very easily and not much effort is needed.
 
            Fiat Abarth Punto Bluetooth Voice Connect
 
The suspension of the car is also made quite firm to enhance the power of the engine and for sure the handling and ride quality of the car will not let you down. The suspension of the car is stiffer than that of Punto which will help in coping with the increased power which is obvious from its ride. The damper ratings and reworked spring gives it a firm edge over uneven surfaces. Since the original Punto’s long travel suspension is too good that even the Abarth which comes with low profile tyres can cope up with the potholes and sharp edges. 
 
Fuel Economy 
 
Though the Italian car maker has concentrated on performance, but its fuel economy is not good when compared with other vehicles in the segment. It seems the car maker is also not interested in working on the same. The ARAI rated fuel efficiency of the hatch is 16.3 Kms per litre. 
 
Verdict 
 
The major feature of the Abarth Punto hatch is its performance. The exteriors are sporty and elegant and new additions found outside gives it an enchanting look. However, the void between the tyres and wheel arches damages the whole look. But the interiors remain the same which gives it a dull look. Engine is indubitably powerful and it provides satisfaction in terms of the power generated. The five speed manual transmission is an added advantage and it gives the front wheels the power it requires to start the car. The colour contrasting body graphics are an added advantage. But the low mileage is a drawback especially for market such as India. The car is priced too high as the customer may not be interested in buying a car which is priced high and at the same time gives low mileage and high maintenance. 
 
Comfort:  3/5
 
Refinement: 3.5/5
 
Safety: 4/5 
 
Ride: 4/5
 
Handling: 4/5
 
Value for Money: 3.7/5

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