2003 Fiat Punto active sport 1.2 from UK and Ireland


Slow, but great for city driving


Oil leak after the first service.

General Comments:

The Punto is an excellent car for short distance driving, it is comfy to drive and very economical.

For the price the car is of decent quality and has a very sporty interior with it's chrome panels and sports seats.

The car is very slow, but we only use it for short distance driving and it is great for that (getting 45mpg average).

This car was designed to be a city car and rises to it perfectly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd September, 2005

2003 Fiat Punto Eleganza 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


A very good, cheap to run small hatch with high equipment levels


Still has the fuel cap problem of the original Punto, where the pump will cut out unless you fill up slowly.

Other than that a very reliable little car.

General Comments:

I have always owned Italian cars and this is the second we have had in the family, the last one being a first generation model. There is a massive difference in the quality between the two, even though for a small car there was nothing wrong with the older model. Doors shut with a nice clunk and the car feels solid and drives like a much bigger car.

Always get as good a deal as possible, FIAT always run 0% finance on and off on models. The company is also struggling a bit so haggle, they want that sale!

Equipment on the Eleganza is second to none, with electric windows and mirrors, alloy wheels, remote central locking and dual zone climate control.

As for the engine, the 1.4 16v has 95bhp which in a small car makes for more than adequate performance 0-62 in 9.9sec and a top speed of 110mph. Economy is good, even driving in London traffic I got a return of 40+ mpg. In typical Italian style the engine is very willing and likes to be revved. The engine is pretty quiet when cruising, though it can sound a bit harsh.

The car handles well and ride is good, the car is comfortable on long journeys, the only real downside to the car is rear access on the 3 door model.

Hopefully the old problem of naff service and dealers is being dealt with we will see on the first service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2004

25th Nov 2005, 09:54

I too use Ancaster of Welling and they are always friendly, helpful and the car always comes back clean!

2003 Fiat Punto HGT 1.8 from UK and Ireland


A pocket rocket


No major problems as of yet.However, stitching on seats is coming away and slight creases are showing. Front and rear wipers do not seem to work in heavy rain. However, this can all be resolved under warranty.

General Comments:

This would be the second Punto I have owned. The looks are sharp and modern.

From previously owning a Punto Sporting and stepping up to 1.8 HGT, this car really feels like a bigger boys Punto. The MPG is a big difference. But this is a 1.8 and it would depend on how you use your right foot. Little extras (as standard) are a bonus, Satellite Navigation (which are added on by some manufacturers), added airbags and 5CD changer. This car is fun, light, quick and comes in stunning bright colours. I do feel however the Insurance is a little high for the under 25s like myself. But I am happy with purchase so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2004

9th Mar 2005, 06:23

Wait until it starts overheating and/or blows its head gasket. Common fault with that 1.8 engine, had one myself.

9th Mar 2005, 20:57

104k on my 2001 HGT and its fine headgasket-wise.

11th Nov 2005, 14:00

Must agree with the above comment - have never had any overheating probs or head gasket failure neither has any of my friends who own these cars.. It is NOT a known fault with these engines.

12th Nov 2005, 08:17

Same here, I have never had anything go wrong with the head gasket either and I have done a fair amount of miles!

25th Nov 2005, 12:39

When I first purchased my HGT it did seem to over heat until I got an exhaust system, must let more heat out.. the major problem I have had is the timing variator, which cost me 450 at Fiat. When it was faulty, my car sounded like a diesel, especially the 1st 10 seconds when 1st started...