The Fiat Grande Punto is classified as a supermini car and manufactured by the Italian automaker Fiat. The first of these vehicles came out in 2005 and was the third generation with the “Punto” name. When this car was in the developmental stage, it was given the codename “Project 199” and eventually was unveiled in 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show; the car was released later that year and instantly did well in terms of overall sales. This car’s design was based on GM’s Flat Small platform. Even though this car may share its name with a few other vehicles, the components inside, including the body shell and chassis, are all new.
There are a variety of engines available with the Fiat Grande Punto, including the Fiat 1.2 8v, the 1.4 8v Fire, and the 1.4 16v Star Jet. There are also four MultiJet diesel engines that can be selected when purchasing this vehicle. All of the engines that are used in this vehicle are one hundred percent Euro IV compliant. A new 1.4 16v T-Jet turbocharged petrol engine became available in 2007, offering consumers even more options when it comes to which type of engine they want with this vehicle.
Australia was introduced to the Grande Punto in July of 2006, though it was simply sold as “Punto”, which was actually the first one of its kind to be sold in this part of the world since 1989. In 2009, though, the Punto was no longer available because of the low sales and lack of interest on this continent. Mexico saw the arrival of the Grande Punto in 2006 and it was first sold with a 1.4 16v StarJet 95 PS engine and had a 6-speed manual gearbox. This vehicle was launched in South America in 2007, manufactured in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
When it comes to safety, the Fiat Grande Punto has received numerous awards, including the 5 star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test along with a three star certification for pedestrian safety. The more powerful engines that come with this vehicle have electronic stability program and anti-slip regulation as a standard feature, though it is an optional feature with some of the lower powered models. The Grande Punto has a 5 star rating for adult occupants but only a three star rating for child occupants.
Despite the fact that the Grande Punto is a relatively small car, it can still pick up speed when on the motorway, easily handling a capacity of two adults without suffering any noticeable performance loss. This vehicle has a rather stunning design as well as a fuel efficient diesel engine, though there are certainly other options available for those who are interested. The 5-star safety rating that this car has received definitely makes it an attractive option, though perhaps not to those who have children. The overall build quality of this vehicle is sturdy, which means that it has the potential to last a long time with proper maintenance and care.
While the Grande Punto may be a bit noisy, even with the petrol engine, it still has some get up and go in it and drives smoothly in both the city and on the motorway. Many people have complained about the performance of the diesel engine however, because it isn’t as powerful as perhaps it should be, with only 100 BHP. The perfectly calibrated and weighted power steering is yet another feature which attracts many people, though it is definitely not this vehicle’s main selling point. Even with all of its drawbacks, this vehicle certainly has its good points.