2001 Fiat Punto SX 1.2 8v


For the money you get great styling; a dynamic ride and good build quality


OK there have been a few things like the timing belt tensioner.

The wipers went through that juddering thing.

The headlamps just started fogging up on me.

Rear doors squeak horribly when they are opened-but not always. Hmm.

Rear suspension is squeaky at times.

General Comments:

I like the car generally. I think the build quality is terrific for the price and class. The interior plastics are very acceptable and guages. switches are well positioned.

The cup holders suck though as not every kind of beverage container-cup/bottle fits.

I think the city performance is top notch, but the 1.2 8v lacks power on highways when passing at around 100 km/h. Third's given you all she's got, but 4th just doesn't have the torque it should to safely let you pass a truck, for example.

I am satisfied with handling as well.

As for the above faults- I'm a mechanic so I'd be really disappointed with a car I couldn't fiddle with. I've done all the above reapirs on my own. If you don't know cars, then going to the dealer for all those minor faults would really be a pain in the butt.

Love that power steering!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2004

2001 Fiat Punto HGT 1.8 petrol


A little beast


Nothing has gone wrong with mine yet and I've already done more than 10000 kilometers in it (unlike my old Cinquecento Sporting, which had the central locks and the clutch break by then).

General Comments:

I love the engine. It has tons of power and torque, and doesn't need to be revved as much to go, unlike my old Civic which was dead until it got to 5000 rpm.

The brakes are great as well (much better than in anything else I've driven).

There are a couple of things that annoy me. One is the ABS/Traction Control system which is too sensitive. There is a button to turn off the traction control, but you can't turn off the ABS unless you take the fuse out. It doesn't help on bumpy Polish roads.

Another is the gearbox. It works perfectly well but I don't understand why Fiat has a 6 speed in the Sporting and a 5 speed in the HGT. Wouldn't it be more logical the other way around? Especially as the ratios are too short anyway and at high speeds on highways it could use a 6th gear to lower fuel consumption. The engine has enough torque for that.

Fuel? It is true it uses tons if you push it (12 litres per 100 kilometers), but I managed 5 litres per 100 kilometers at acceptable speeds on the highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th October, 2001

30th Nov 2004, 05:30

I have read your survey, but would like to add a comment on a previous survey I have read.I have just had a cam belt break at 41,000 miles please get yours checked as I have heard this is a common fault in the HGT.

15th Jun 2010, 17:25

The HGT is the best car ever made. It beats all other hatches hands down, without the slightest difficulty.