In-depth reviews

Fiat Punto (2012-2018) review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

For interior comfort and general practicality, the Punto scores quite well

Up front in the Punto the driving position feels a bit high, but there’s still sufficient headroom, and visibility is good as a result. There’s a decent range of adjustability in the seating too, which means most will find a comfortable setting. One additional plus point in the Punto’s favour is a good level of noise suppression, which makes travelling longer distances quite relaxing.

It’s also an easy car to drive and manoeuvre around town, although you can have optional parking sensors at the back if you want them. There’s plenty of space for bits and pieces in the cabin too, with a large glovebox and four cup-holders in the front.

As the Punto is only available with a five-door hatchback body these days, access to the rear seats is fine.

Size

The Fiat Punto is 4,065mm long, 1,490mm high, and 1,687mm wide. That makes it a little longer than the five-door Fiesta which is 3,969mm x 1,495mm x 1,722mm.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Space in the rear seats is acceptable, too, with decent head and legroom for full-sized adults. Two should be comfortable – unless they’re long-legged – but although the seats are configured for three, it will definitely feel like a squeeze. A 60:40 split-fold seat with ISOFIX child seat mountings is standard on the Easy+, but you need to pay extra if you want it on the Pop+.

Boot

In terms of outright boot space, the ageing Punto loses out to some of its more contemporary rivals. With 275 litres, it's 10-litres down on the Vauxhall Corsa and 20 litres down on the Ford Fiesta. However, with the rear seats folded, the load space opens up to an impressive 1,030-litres, which transforms the hatchback’s carrying ability. The Volkswagen Polo can only muster 952-litres, for example.

The seats fold flat in the Punto too, but there is a bit of a lip to haul things over. There’s no standard spare wheel either, as you’re expected to rely on Fiat’s optimistically named Fix&Go puncture repair kit. You can buy an optional space-saver or full-size spare wheel with both trim levels though.

Most Popular

New Ford Focus unveiled with 2021 facelift and tech updates
Ford Focus ST Line - front
Ford Focus Hatchback

New Ford Focus unveiled with 2021 facelift and tech updates

Ford has given the Focus hatchback a refresh for 2021, with a new design and an improved infotainment suite
14 Oct 2021
Nissan launches combined PCP finance deal for electric car and charger
Nissan Leaf
Nissan

Nissan launches combined PCP finance deal for electric car and charger

The unusual new offer is available on the Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 van – and it includes the cost of installing the wallbox charger at your home
13 Oct 2021
Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911
Porsche 911
Porsche 911 Coupe

Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911

How perfect timing led a Porsche 911 fanatic to buy back his old car
14 Oct 2021