2001 Fiat Punto HGT 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Sharp suited brio
Door hinge retaining strap is loose and clicks when the door is opened.
Annoying rattle from behind the dash - now constant, but the dealer cannot locate it.
Strong performance from a very torquey engine. Excellent brakes too.
Mine is in Sprint Blue which shows off the lines really well.
Would have preferred a cheaper price without the standard SatNav which is hopeless.
Don't buy this car for fuel economy - it will not go above 25mpg!
It's a superb traditional style hot hatch. Very rare on the streets too.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th October, 2001
4th Jul 2003, 08:39
This review is inaccurate with regards to fuel consumption.
I have a Punto HGT as do a few friends and it is easily capable of a sustained 35 mpg plus.
If you drive with your foot on the floor all the time then as with any car your fuel economy will be poor, but drive "normally" and the HGT will give you around 34 mpg in everyday driving.
4th Nov 2005, 08:55
Many cars under 1800. I owned a 2001 hgt and the build quality was poor along with handling. weak engine, you never hear of these engine doing over 100k because they blow easily, as fragile as r5. pathetic for 1800 turbo. should b at least 200bhp. after care service is terrible. STAY AWAY FROM FIATS.
20th Jun 2006, 11:18
How wrong can you be! The HGT is a normally aspirated 1800cc, not a turbo. Please don't comment if you don't know about the car.