2007 Fiat Grande Punto Reviews from UK and Ireland

2007 Fiat Grande Punto Sporting 1.9 Multijet

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.9 Multijet Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance29500 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Colt

Summary:

Beautiful design, fun to drive, and let's hope reliable too!

Faults:

No faults so far.

General Comments:

The stiff suspension is great! The car corners flat with minimal body roll. Slightly more bumpy around town, but it's never bouncy; feels solid, much like a larger car.

Steering - Having read many bad reviews regarding the "steering feel", I really have to say I don't see what the problem is. If you're a normal person, you'll never drive the car fast enough to notice the apparent "dullness" or "lack of feel". I love to nip on in twisty country lanes. I've owned a mk1 MR2, famed for its great steering feedback, but I can hardly notice the difference. Unless you're on a track, I really don't think it's worth criticising. When I buy a car, I don't drive it on its limit, as I want the car to last, and I don't want to crash! To me the Fiat is confidence inspiring and fun at legal speeds ;)

The engine has a slight turbo lag, but personally I love the feeling of a turbo kicking in, so to me it's a positive aspect!

However when you're nipping on the 6 gears, make sure you're never far away from buckets of torque. Much less frantic than a high revving engine, and economical too.

The interior is lovely on the Sporting model; tasteful colour coding, stitching and cloth; feels more expensive than it is in reality. All in all, it feels sporty without compromising comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2012

2007 Fiat Grande Punto

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Manual
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance44000 miles

Summary:

Good first car

Faults:

I was driving along, and stopped at a roundabout, when the gearbox started jumping around and grinding. I pulled over immediately. The gearbox has gone and I needed to replace it, along with the clutch. The car had only done 44,000 miles, and is well looked after.

The heater failed just a few months after I purchased the car.

If you buy the gearbox from Fiat, you would pay about a grand for it. I have paid 695 to replace the gearbox and clutch, and that is because it is my friend's garage. Gutted!

General Comments:

It is a good wee run around.

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

Review Date: 20th September, 2010

2007 Fiat Grande Punto 1.9 turbo diesel

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Don't Know
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance17001 miles
Previous carCitroen C1

Summary:

Typical Italian crappy car

Faults:

I had one as a hire car from Drive Assist, as my Citroen C1 was in for repair after some muppet drove into it whilst it was parked in Tescos car park!

The Grand Punto was a pile of junk and was only a year old!

The car showed signs of wear after only a year, and switches were marked or did not work properly, and the air vent on the dashboard at the front by the windscreen has warped in the sunlight.

The first evening on the way home, it became a nightmare to get in and out of gear, and the AA were called out, who discovered that the clutch cable had jumped out of its housing due to cheap plastic fittings!

The diesel engine was superb, and the car's performance was good. This car was replaced with a 1.4 petrol version the next day, which was much slower, but had much of the same faults as the previous car!

Thank God it was only a hire car, as I would not have bought one myself...

The man who came to collect the car was dropped off in a new Fiat Panda, and I asked him if that car was better than the Grand Puntos the hire company had lent to me, and he said that they were Fiat, and they were still crap!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd January, 2009

2007 Fiat Grande Punto Sporting 1.9 Multijet turbo diesel

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9 Multijet turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance1500 miles
Previous carSeat Leon

Summary:

Stunning in white :)

Faults:

Nothing to report at the moment; hoping it stays that way.

General Comments:

Well after months of debating whether to go for it and get a FIAT, I decided what the hell and ordered a White Fiat Grande Punto Sporting with Sky Dome, Hi Fi Upgrade, Tinted Rear Windows and Climate Control - I'm loving it.

The performance is excellent, and as more miles are going on it, it seems to be loosening up, which is great.

All of the options are brilliant, and I'd recommend anyone considering a GPS to get them all...

Only thing so far that I can fault is the MPG - I'm currently getting about 37.5 MPG, but I have been flooring it quite a lot, so that could be the reason why.

Have used the City button quite a lot as it really makes parking so much easier - visibility is excellent and I have had no major issues with the A-pillars at the moment.

Seats are very supportive and car handles excellently - especially compared to my previous car, which would not hold the road at all, and spent most of its time going backwards round a roundabout - no matter how careful you were.

At the moment I would definitely buy another Fiat - but I have only owned for about 4 weeks... ask me again in 4 months.

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

Review Date: 27th October, 2007

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 5 reviews