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Fiat Punto (2012-2018) review - Interior, design and technology

Bland and lacklustre compared to newer rivals, the Punto is not even lavishly specced

This is the third generation of the Fiat Punto and despite a series of facelifts things have remained largely unchanged since it first emerged as the Grande Punto in 2005. 

New headlights or a few extra paint choices can’t disguise its dated design, and the Punto looks bland next to more head-turning rivals like the Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208 and Kia Rio. In fact, cars like the Honda Jazz are now being overhauled for the second time – making Fiat’s Punto look really rather old. It’s a shame, considering how fresh and innovative the Punto looked when first introduced in the early 1990s, but Fiat owners looking for something more fun and funky have various versions of  the 500 and Panda to choose from.

There are two specs to choose from, Pop+ and Easy+. The basic model is still fairly poorly specced, though all cars do get alloy wheels, body coloured door mirrors and remote central locking. Easy+ models add larger wheels, front fog lights and darkened headlamps.

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Neither is particularly exciting to look at though, and the Punto’s drab personality continues inside. Cheap plastics, a tiny gearlever and the cabin’s overall flimsiness make the cheaper Fiat Panda look like a luxury car.

Top-spec Easy+ cars are better equipped and for an extra £1,100 add TomTom sat-nav, climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The entry-level audio package in the Fiat Punto is a basic radio with MP3 compatible CD player, but you get steering wheel controls and six speakers including a pair of tweeters. Bluetooth connectivity for your phone is also standard, or you can use AUX or USB inputs to stream music.

The portable TomTom sat-nav is only available on the Easy+ model, as it requires a specific set-up for the audio system.

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