2002 Fiat Punto 1.2 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland
Style and practicality above build quality
Noisy "harmonic" clutch operation on gradients.
Headlamps out of alignment.
Ignition would turn, but engine would not fire – accompanied by ‘CANCHECK’ message displayed on radio display.
Heavy clutch judder.
Power steering failed on one occasion. Restarting engine fixed the problem.
Passenger airbag or low fuel light would occasionally light up under braking.
Noisy brakes – had to be rebuilt twice.
Vibration through steering wheel when braking from high speeds.
Squeaking from rear suspension over poorly surfaced roads.
Creaking from rear suspension on gradients.
A complete lock set had to be purchased to replace a damaged door lock because individual locks are not available.
The spacious cabin has some of the best seats I have ever sat in.
The engine is quiet at motorway speeds and offers a decent performance/economy mix.
The optional radio/CD + 100W sub-woofer audio unit is the best in-car system I have experienced.
The steering is well-weighted and the city mode (extra light setting for parking) is very handy, but the handling looses grip easily and the ride is too firm.
The general fit and finish is appalling and long term durability is questionable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th May, 2004