The new 2012 Fiat Punto builds on the Italian company’s heritage of class leading small cars.
Available with either three or five doors, the new Punto features a wider range of engines, more equipment, and more choice of specification.
The supermini segment accounts for approximately a quarter of all the new cars sold with around 30 models from Europe, Japan and Korea all vying for a share of the market. Since its launch in 1993 the Punto has sold more than 8.5m vehicles throughout Europe.
There are five trim levels, Pop, Easy, Lounge and the new GBT and TwinAir. The interior boasts denim inserts on the seats, all models get Daytime Running Lights and the Blue&Me TomTom LIVE infotainment system can be specified.
The Easy version will be the big seller of the 2012 Punto range and features a combination of style and technology. Additionally, this gets body-coloured door handles and mirrors, remote control door locking, a rear bench that splits 60/40, heated mirrors, plus manual air-conditioning.
Fiat’s MultiAir technology also features in a pair of 1.4-litre engines, one with a turbo, one without. The MultiAir philosophy controls combustion directly through the intake valves rather than by the throttle to give better efficiency and more power than other similarly sized units. The petrol line-up is completed by conventional 1.2 and 1.4-litre units which use the latest variable valve timing to ensure they’re as economical as they are fun to drive.
Finally there are a pair of MultiJet 2 diesels. These put out 75 and 85hp with the latter engine benefiting from more new technology to emit just 90g/km of carbon dioxide.