Fiat Punto Sport
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: 3 Yrs / 1,00,000 Kms (Whichever is earlier)
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Strong Areas

  • Beauty pageant 
  • Functional interiors
  • Powerful diesel engine
  • Good comfort & convenience
  • Outstanding driving dynamics

Weak Areas

  • Ill fit & finish
  • Mediocre mileage
  • Low brand awareness
  • Unanimated top-end 
  • Low value for money
Fiat Punto Sport

Fiat Grande Punto Sport

With a more powerful engine under its hood, the limited Sport edition of Fiat Grande Punto truly feels like a driver’s car. 



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When economy or practicality is a priority, diesel hatchback is the best option for majority of car buyers in India. It may be for frequent commuting within city or for those long highways drives, a premium diesel hatch proves its efficacy.
In a segment primarily dominated by Japanese and Koreans, Fiat may have not seen much success but the build and plush ride quality of Italian cars continues to be a strong point. And so Fiat’s Grande Punto is still a contender in the growing diesel hatchback segment. The Italian carmaker also introduced a limited Sport edition of the hatch in 2012. What differentiates it from rest of the league is more power with the 1248 cc 4 cylinder multi jet diesel engine. As against 75 bhp and 20.08 kgm torque with the regular Grande Punto, Punto Sport comes with 90 bhp and 21.3 kgm torque. 
Here’s a complete narrative on the looks and abilities of the young European beauty:
The decals, chrome door handles and ORVMs differentiate Grande Punto Sport from its 75 bhp siblings. Sporty stripes, chequered towards the end can be seen on door panels. To contrast against the body paint, these are in black colour on red Punto Sport and in red for the white coloured trim. Fiat Punto looks neither jazzy nor staid, it is certainly not feminine or ‘cute’ but that well proportionate silhouette does give a special charm to this car. Viewed from the front, Punto is very similar to its elder cousin – Fiat Linea – with which it also shares its platform. The two port grille with brand logo, the swept back headlamps and stylishly integrated fog lamps look smart on the face of the hatch designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Fiat uses tubeless 195/60 R15 tyres with Grande Punto Sport. The fuel filler cap is located on the right side of the car.
At the rear vertically stacked tail lamps have simple and slick design pattern. The high lifted profile of Punto Sport looks prominent from the back. It actually has a ground clearance of 185 mm. The chequered strip adorns the boot lid too. Chrome finish for the exhaust tip is standard although that protruding pipe looks rather odd and can get hit by a vehicle behind in bumper to bumper traffic.
What also draws attention on the rear of any Punto is the ‘P’ in the decal – shaped like a person in driving stance. We wonder if this is to highlight the nature of Fiat Grande Punto as a driver’s car!
Front doors open in typically Fiat three-way style and close with a satisfactory thud emphasising the strong build quality of hatch. Getting inside the Punto you don’t find the cabin as inviting as that of Hyundai i20 but it is not tacky or banal. And things are better in the Sport edition. The contrast (red) stitching on the grey seats gives them a sporty touch. What does not feel good is the quality of the grey and black plastics. Furthermore, there are panel gaps in some areas and rough unfinished edges – this sort of carelessness is not acceptable in a car that competes in the premium hatchback segment.
Chrome door handles look and feel better than the grey plastic ones in regular Grande Punto. The three spoke steering wheel has a thick grip and gets controls for music system and Bluetooth telephony. Fiat has not yet learnt to assemble the ignition console properly. And yes, they have put the key slot in a driver facing position instead of the usual sideways positioning. The gear lever has a leather wrapping (quality not refined again) and sits in a chrome plated slot within the centre console. The sporty red stitching is used on the wrap too. Some may find the centre console old fashioned but with its simple and uncluttered design, it feels sublime. Button and knobs have a neat brushed metal finish. Instrument cluster gets a sporty new look, has orange illumination and the dials are easier to read with all numbers in same size and format. 
Storage space within the cabin is not very useful. While the glovebox lid may look large it hardly has any space inside. But it does have the USB port – a conveniently hidden position to plug in your device and keep it safe. The cubby holes on centre console are not deep enough to hold a cup or small bottle firmly. Door pockets again not spacious but can hold those 500 ml bottles or cold drink cans. On the brighter side the boot has sufficient volume with 280 litres and 60:40 split folding rear seats can be reconfigured to make space for more luggage. There is a lamp to help you load, unload and reset the cargo in dark. 
The automatic climate control is easy to operate and functions effectively for uniform cooling of the cabin. In-car entertainment comes with CD player and FM radio but there is no Aux port provided. The speed sensitive volume gets automatically adjusted as per engine and road noise.
MID screen on the instrument console has a digital clock and keeps you informed on outside temperature, average speed, fuel economy, distance to empty and travel time for tripmeter distance – the My Car features. A smart convenience feature on Punto is the ‘follow me home’ element with headlights. You can keep the lamps on for a few seconds even after parking and locking the car – these lights are supposed to help you ‘walk safely out of the parking zone’ in dark and then get switched off automatically. 
Comfort on front and rear seats is good and there is ample legroom at rear. A dead paddle has been provided though it’s quite close to the clutch. Fiat has loaded the hatch with a number of safety features including dual stage airbags with early crash sensors for driver and front passenger. ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution is standard for Grande Punto Sport.
Engine, Transmission and Performance 
With 18 bhp of extra power than its regular sibling, Punto Sport feels like a practical car for both city and highways. The refinement level of 1248 cc multi jet diesel engine is also good – the noise level is very low at idling although the damping too has a role to play in controlling the amount of noise that can enter into the cabin. It is not yet the quickest car of segment and takes 15.88 seconds for the 0-100 km/hour dash. This is where it lags behind Maruti Swift and Hyundai i20. One of the issues in acceleration is the shift from first to second gear. There is a turbo lag as you press on the pedal and up shift from first to second. But from second gear onwards Punto Sport speeds up pretty well and rockets ahead.
The turbo boost comes at around 1500 rpm as against 1800 rpm in the Punto with lesser power. There is ample torque at city driving speeds and power delivery is linear. The low end torque is quite massive and more than sufficient for city drives. Stop and go traffic can also be dealt with easily. The clutch is light and will not make your foot feel tired. Actually, it's lighter than the one in petrol driven Punto. However, it has a long travel and that can be annoying if you are driving a Fiat car for first time. 
You can drive Punto Sport around the city with air conditioning at its best and it will not get the car running out of breath. This Fiat can effortlessly carry 4 adults or a big load of luggage and also deals with inclines well. 
There is considerable turbo lag below 1600 rpm. This irksome problem is experienced while making quick dashes into and out of traffic gaps. But just let the turbo spool up (in 1600-2500 rpm) and the acceleration becomes much better and linear. And once the needle on tacho crosses 2500 rpm mark you feel the surge in pick up with a push back in your seat. But the extreme of turbo comes with 3000 rpm and then the car begins to feel exhausted. 
Punto Sport is enjoyable on highways and overtaking is a breeze. Masking of high speed is also admirable – you need to check the speedo to know how fast you are actually driving. The 2400 rpm mark is reached at 100 km/hour on a clear highway and it is possible to cross that speed up to 140 km/hour. It is not safe to try for the acclaimed speed of 170 km/hour considering the conditions of average Indian roads. As in the Linea, gear shifts feel rubbery driving the Punto Sport. They don’t feel quite precise and at times you may need to search for the required slot. But this problem gets resolved as the hatch gobbles up more miles. Ideally the 'box would start getting slicker once your Punto Sport completes about 6000 kms.
Ride and Handling 
Ride quality is an acknowledged strength of Fiats and Punto Sport naturally wins its brownie points here. At city driving speeds most bumps and undulations are absorbed well and jerks do not filter through the cabin. At higher speeds the hatch continues to maintain its composure and covers broken tarmac with ease. Straightline stability is good and the road grip is also pretty satisfying. The suspension of this car is on stiffer side. Low NVH levels and nice damping make the ride more pleasurable.

A sure footed diesel hatch, Punto feels confident around the corners including sharp curves. You can enjoy driving uphill on winding roads and there is hardly any body roll. Evidently, this is a car for driving enthusiasts. Another area where it excels is the steering response. The well calibrated and weighted power steering readily communicates with the driver about the road surface. However, this is not a light or zippy unit and you need to apply some effort while turning the wheel. In collusion with ABS, the braking quality is wholesome.  
Fuel Economy 
Driving with the air conditioner on in the city traffic conditions you can derive 12 to 15 km/litre from Grande Punto Sport. On the highways the fuel economy increase to 17 to 19 km/litre as per the load on car and air con usage. So, its diesel fuel efficiency makes this premium hatch budget friendly too. 
A new Fiat Grande Punto Sport costs Rs 7.60 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi). It was launched only in limited edition so there may not be many cars left in showrooms now. Even if you go for a second hand car, the upgraded 90 bhp motor makes it a nice buy. The turbo lag problem in low rev range is an issue with some other diesel cars too but overall this modified version of Punto is better as a driver’s car and gives a wonderful ride experience. 
Comfort: 4/5
Refinement: 3.5/5
Safety: 3.5/5
Ride: 4/5
Handling: 3.5/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5

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