2006 Fiat Grande Punto Sporting 1.9 JTD Multijet from UK and Ireland


This car is a rare combination of being practical, economical, affordable and full of flair


Airflow Sensor failure at 6,000 miles caused shut down at 70mph.

I turned on my right indicator, and all the electronic ancillaries (e.g. Traction Control, ABS, PAS) switched off. Turned out the Power Steering ECU had a fault and shorted itself out.

General Comments:

The Turbo Diesel engine in this car is brilliant. It offers high levels of torque throughout the majority of the rev range, including at high speeds. There is little cabin noise.

The fuel economy is very good and returns more than 40 miles per gallon on my mixture of motorway and urban road commuting that I use this car for.

The interior quality is fantastic. The lower models, such as the Active, look like every expense has been spared, however it is a different story in the Sporting. Quality leather trimming is on the steering wheel and gear-knob, and quality materials cover the extremely comfortable bucket seats designed by Lear (yes, the people who make the luxury jets).

The back is also very comfy. I am over 6ft and find there is ample head and leg room.

The boot is more than adequate, and bigger than my Alfa Romeo 147. I no longer have to take the parcel shelf out to put them pram in.

Styling, what can I say! It speaks for itself!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2008

31st Jan 2008, 11:28

I took one of these out on a test the other day, and simply put, it is a brilliant car-much better than the more expensive Alfa 147.

Compared to my old Fabia vRS it is much softer and more supple on the road and suffers far less tyre roar and wind noise. A very competent package with nice interior and stunning looks.

I have seen them advertised on the fiatsupasaver site for £10,495 and elsewhere for under 11k which makes it a roaring bargain. The Fiat main dealer wanted to sell me the 3,000 mile demonstrator (red, standard car) for £12,355 which was preposterous, so I walked away. If the dealer had come up with a sensible deal, I would have signed up there and then...

2006 Fiat Grande Punto Dynamic 1.2 from UK and Ireland


Steering rack replaced.

General Comments:

The Grande Punto is a great car; I have done 6000 miles, no faults apart from steering rack, and no rattles.

The 1.2 is fine around town, and is not too bad at 70mph.

Best looking car in its class, easy to drive, good sound system, very good value for money.

The only bad things are the air-con, which could be a bit cooler, and the cup holders, which are as useful as a chocolate fire guard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2007

12th Aug 2010, 12:55

I'm planning to buy a Grande Punto 1.2 Dynamic. It's a 2006 and it only has 12000 miles on the clock.

I already had a test drive (short one) and was very happy until I read some horror stories in this site.

Comments on this specific thread seem to be good.

Did you ever had any major problems?

10th Jul 2015, 12:24

It seems there are issues with 2006 models, like wheel alignment and electric power steering failures. They seem to have sorted out the issues, but I don't know how long it took. I just recently bought a 2007 1.4 8-valve and it has no issues. However, the mileage is extremely low (67000 km / 41000 miles). Diesels give typical diesel problems too, and are expensive to fix.

2006 Fiat Grande Punto sporting 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland


Fantastic, I recomend the 1.9 sporting


Nothing yet, not a thing!

General Comments:

Great looking, fast and frugal, so far reliable. Dealers are main issue, not engaged or seemingly unable to diagnose or fix reported problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2007

2006 Fiat Grande Punto sport 1.4 from UK and Ireland


A good car let down by poor dealer service and very poor technical backup by fiat UK


Brake discs/pads faulty

Alternator tensioner faulty.

Fumes in car from engine bay.

Water leak into tailgate after rain this is apparently common on this model awaiting visit from fiat technician.

General Comments:

Car is sporty looking, but let down by series of faults which have been very difficult to resolve.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th October, 2006