Fiat Punto (2012-2018) review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
With unimpressive mpg and CO2 ratings, the Punto has more economical and efficient rivals
One selling point the Fiat Punto has over its rivals is its price, undercutting the Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio when compared like-for-like. Prices start at less than £11,000, and all cars get alloy wheels, electric front windows and air-conditioning. If your budget will stretch, though, we’d go for the better-specced Easy+ car.
With the removal of Fiat’s TwinAir petrol and MultiJet diesel from the Punto range, buyers are limited to a pair of slow and sluggish 8v petrol engines.
The smaller 1.2-litre engine will do 52.3mpg and emit a fairly unimpressive 124g/km of CO2. The larger 1.4 is a bit quicker, but as a result fuel economy drops to 49.6mpg and emissions jump to 132g/km.
Insurance will be pretty cheap for the Fiat Punto, with all models attracting a group 8 rating. If you’re looking for the ultimate economy, many rival superminis manage to score ratings that are a few groups lower – but if you shop around a little harder than usual for quotes, you can probably even out the differences.
While the Fiat Punto is a cheap car to buy new, it won’t feel that way when you come to sell it. Used car valuation experts CAP reckon all versions of the current model will retain just 28 per cent of their new value if you sell at three years/36,000 miles.
To put that prediction into cash terms, if you pay something over £12k for the most expensive 1.4 five-door in Easy+ trim you’ll be left with not much more than £3k in your pocket after driving the car for three years. Mind you, a £12k Fiesta 1.25 Style will only do a couple of points better.
In this review
- 1Fiat Punto (2012-2018) reviewOld school engineering and a less than thrilling drive make the Fiat Punto hard to recommend
- 2Engines, performance and driveLimited engine choices and lacklustre handling mean the ageing Punto is seriously outclassed
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingWith unimpressive mpg and CO2 ratings, the Punto has more economical and efficient rivals
- 4Interior, design and technologyBland and lacklustre compared to newer rivals, the Punto is not even lavishly specced
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceFor interior comfort and general practicality, the Punto scores quite well
- 6Reliability and SafetyFiat hasn’t performed well in our recent reliability surveys, and the Punto was crash tested back in 2005