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Fiat Grande Punto
Fiat
aka Fiat Punto
Grande Punto
Production 2005 - present
Class Family Hatchback
Body Style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
Length 4030 mm
Width 1687 mm
Height 1400 mm
Wheelbase 2510 mm
Weight 1015-1205 kg
Transmission Five-speed Semi-Automatic
Five-speed Manual
Six-speed Manual
Engine 1,242 cc four-cylinder petrol
1,368 cc four-cylinder petrol
1,248 cc MultiJet diesel
1,910 cc MultiJet diesel
Power 1.2 - 65bhp
1.4 - 77bhp
1.3 MultiJet - 75-90bhp
1.9 MultiJet - 130bhp
Similar Ford Fiesta
Peugeot 207
Designer Giugiaro

The third generation of the Fiat Punto model range was unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, and sales began in European markets by the end of that year. The car, named the Grande Punto to mark it out from the previous generation Puntos, was designed by Italian design house Giugiaro, and is built upon the platform which Fiat and GM engineered together (essentially a modernised version of the GM Gamma platform). The Grande Punto is intended to be a family hatchback, and is available in three- and five-door formats.

The Grande Punto has, so far, been quite the sales success, and combined with the success of the Nuova Panda, has helped turn the Fiat company from an unprofitable, unwanted car maker into one of Europe's most prominent manufacturers.

Recent Changes[edit | edit source]

  • For 2010, the Grande Punto lineup gets a comprehensive facelift and a name change: Punto Evo. The facelift consists of new front and rear bumpers, updated interior with new dash, improved seats, enlarged storage compartments and better instrumentation. The Punto Evo also features a new "Blue&Me-TomTom" infotainment system that combines telephone, navigation and information functions on a color touch-screen. The Punto Evo is slated to be unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. [1]
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  • From 2009, the Grande Punto will be made available with a natural gas option dubbed the Grande Punto Natural Power. The methane-powered car is motivated by Fiat's dual fuel 1.4 litre 8 valve Fire Inline-4 engine capable of a 310 km (195 miles) range. Prices will start at €12,300. At the current price of Natural Gas in Italy, Fiat says the car will cost as little as €3.8/100 km to run. [2]
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  • In 2006, the critically acclaimed MultiJet diesel engine range was added to the Grande Punto, in 75hp, 90hp and 130hp forms. This allows a MultiJet to be available with each trim level. Also in 2006, a UK-market specific edition was released, named the Active White. This is intended to be a cheaper and more basic version of the Active, aimed at those living in the city looking for a cheap runabout.
  • Since its release in 2005, very few changes have been made to the Grande Punto. The car, available in three-door and five-door variants, is sold with three different trim levels - the Active, Dynamic and Sporting. The specification and colour charts are almost identical to when the vehicle was released, however at the 2007 Geneva Motorshow, Fiat unveiled an Abarth version of the Punto, which hints at expansion of the model range in the near future.

Styles and Major Options[edit | edit source]

The Grande Punto range, like other Fiat models, is systematic, with three distinct clear-cut models, and each successive model adding onto the previous. Apart from trim level, Grande Punto buyers can also choose whether their car will be three- or five-door, with the five-door edition being typically £700-1000 more expensive than the three-door. Transmission options are a five-speed semi-automatic, five-speed manual and a six-speed manual.

The Active[edit | edit source]

The Active is the base of the Grande Punto range. Sold with only the 1.2 petrol and 1.3 75hp MultiJet, and featuring basic equipment as standard. This includes a radio/CD player, colour-coordinated bumpers, electric windows, remote locking and driver and passenger airbags. Wheel options are 15-inch pressed steel, with pastic trims.

The Active White edition omits the electric windows, and is available in only white. The engine choice is limited to only the 1.2, but this allows it to be a whole £600 cheaper than the Active.

The Active Sport adds deeper bumpers and side skirts, along with 15-inch alloy wheels. A CD/MP3 player is also included, and engine option is limited to a 1.4 petrol.

The Dynamic[edit | edit source]

The Dynamic builds upon the specification of the Active, but adds more colour and engine options to the range. The Dynamic can be specified with a 1.2 petrol, 1.4 petrol, or the 1.3 MultiJet 90hp.

Alloy wheels are standard, as is air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, and in some markets the SkyDome full-length sunroof is offered. Also, in addition to the driver and passenger airbags of the Active, the Dynamic adds side and roof airbags - and is one of the only cars in this class to do so.

The Sporting[edit | edit source]

The crown of the range until the Abarth version arrives. Again, building on the Dynamic, this car is fully loaded, and is given only the best engines and colours. As such, the Sporting can be specified with the 1.9 MultiJet 130hp and the 1.4 petrol.

The expansive specification includes 17 inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth communication, Radio/CD/MP3 player, bodykit, Dual Zone automatic climate control, ESP stability programme and electric sports seats, amongst others.

Pricing[edit | edit source]

Grande Punto Trims

Active White

Active

Active Sport

Dynamic

Sporting

MSRP

£7485

£8004

£8910

£8910-10600

£10710-12300

Gas Mileage[edit | edit source]

Engine

1.2 Petrol

1.3 MultiJet 75

1.3 MultiJet 90

1.4 Petrol

1.9 MultiJet 130

MPG

47.9 mpg

60.1 mpg

60.1 mpg

47.9 mpg

48.7 mpg

Reliability[edit | edit source]

By all accounts, the Fiat Grande Punto is a tremendously reliable car in all variants - as expected of a car released in 2005. The Grande Punto has featured highly in numerous European customer satisfaction surveys.

Every Grande Punto sold is supplied with a three year/30,000 miles (depending on which comes first) manufaturers warranty, as well as a 10 year anti-corrosion guarantee.

Safety[edit | edit source]

The EuroNCAP, the European car safety body, have given the Grande Punto a maximum five-star rating in their rigorous crash-testing schedule. The five star rating breaks down into the following scores:

  • Front Impact - 14 points, 88%.
  • Side Impact - 18 points, 100%
  • Child Occupant Protection - 35 points, 71%, three out of five stars.
  • Pedestrian Rating - 19 points, 53%, three out of four stars.
  • Overall - Five Star safety rating.

Photos[edit | edit source]

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Grande Punto Abarth[edit | edit source]

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Grande Punto Abarth SS 180HP[3][edit | edit source]

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Abarth Punto EVO[edit | edit source]

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Colors[edit | edit source]

Exterior Colors
Metallic Colors Pastel Colors Solid Colors
Psychedelic Azure   Exotica Red   Ambient White  
Jungle Grey   Caribbean Orange   Rock'n'Roll Blue  
Chemical Grey  
Merengue Orange  
New Orleans Blue  
Crossover Black  


Main Competitors[edit | edit source]

The Grande Punto is in the immensely crowded Family Hatchback sector, which is the biggest selling sector in almost every European country. The Grande Punto locks horns with the European Ford Focus and Honda Civic, along with the Peugeot 207.

However, due to its ultra-competitive pricing, the pound-for-pound competition comes from the class below - smaller cars like the Toyota Yaris and Renault Clio.

The hotly anticipated Abarth version should be ideal competition for the Mini Cooper S, SEAT Leon FR, Renault Clio RenaultSport 197 and Honda Civic Type R.

Hybrid Models[edit | edit source]

Fiat will not be producing or developing an electric-petrol hybrid Grande Punto, but instead will focus its efforts on renewable BioFuel compatibility. We may even see an ultra-enonomical version, similar to the Panda MultiEco, with enhanced aerodynamics, reduced weight and cleaner powerplant.

Unique Attributes[edit | edit source]

The Fiat Grande Punto is unique amongst its Fiat siblings in that it's the first Fiat model to be sold in Australia for twenty years. The Grande Punto went on sale in 2006, and has since been crowned 'The Most Economical Car in Australia'. Fiat hopes to sell the rest of the range there soon.

The Grande Punto is the only car in its class to be styled by a prestigious design house like Giugiaro.

Interior[edit | edit source]

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Resale Values[edit | edit source]

Resale values for the Grande Punto are average for class, with a three year old example retaining around 40-47% of its original value.

The Abarth example, if released, could boost this figure depending on the price on release and press reaction.

Criticisms[edit | edit source]

  • BBC Top Gear Magazine: 'It may well look like a mini-Maserati, but quality is lacking.'
  • Jeremy Clarkson: 'It may be the biggest car in its class, but that means it's the heaviest. Therefore, 0-60mph takes an ice age.'
  • Parkers - 'The hard plastics aren't that nice to touch.'

Worldwide[edit | edit source]

The Grande Punto is sold throughout Europe and Australia under the same name. Fiat develops an estate version of the car for emerging markets in countries such as China and India, which will be more rugged and cheaper than the standard car.

Design quirks and oddities[edit | edit source]

Awards[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

The Fiat Punto page for information about the Grande Punto's predecessors.


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