2013 FIAT PUNTO ON SALE IN AUSTRALIA
Fiat's light Punto hatch is back in Australia, arriving this week after slow sales under previous distributor Ateco saw it exit the country back in 2010.
The Punto that joins Fiat's local range this week is the same car offered back then, but it now has two key advantages: a facelift and sharper pricing.
Starting from $16,000 drive-away, the Punto is nearly $3000 cheaper than in 2009 - although Fiat's local arm has trimmed the line-up to just one bodystyle, and one engine.
Where before there was the choice of a five- or three-door version, two petrol engines and a diesel, there is now only the five-door, and only the entry-level 1.4 petrol engine.
All 2013 Punto models are powered by a 1.4 litre petrol engine, producing 57kW at 6000rpm and 115Nm of torque at 3250rpm.
Paired with the five-speed manual, fuel consumption is listed at 5.7 l/100km, while the five-speed Dualogic auto lists fuel use at 5.4 l/100km.
That fuel consumption figure is helped by a start/stop system (switching off the engine when the car is stationery) standard across all models.
The manual is available with the entry Pop model only, while the auto is available across the range. Fiat promises a 0-100km/h time of 13.2 seconds in both forms.
The suspension is MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam arrangement at the rear; steering is a rack-and-pinion setup with electric power steering.
Braking is managed by 257x22mm discs at the front and 228x40 drum brakes at the rear, and, for those thinking of the 'Italian family holiday' to the coast, towing is rated at 1000kg braked and 400kg unbraked.
Features and Dimensions
Standard features with the entry Pop model include 15-inch steel wheels, Blue&Me Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio connectivity, six speakers, powered front windows, denim highlights in the seats, height and reach-adjustable steering wheel, remote central locking, and daytime running lights.
Standard safety features include six airbags, ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and vehicle dynamic control.
The mid-range Easy adds 15-inch alloy wheels, 'premium' dash trim, leather steering wheel and shifter, cruise control, rear parking sensors, USB/aux audio connectivity and darkened headlight housings.
For the top-shelf Lounge, there's 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, leather seats with power lumbar support, automatic wipers, adaptive front fog lights with cornering, electrochromatic interior mirror, chrome external mirror covers, a spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip.
Depending on the model, options include 15-inch alloy wheels, TomTom navigation unit, dual-pane sunroof, and heated seats.
Width is 1687mm, and the wheelbase is 2510mm long.
Rear storage capacity is listed at 275 litres with the back seats up, and 1030 litres with the seats folded.
PRICING (excludes on-roads except where noted)
- Punto Pop - 1.4 petrol 5spd manual - $16,000 (drive-away)
- Punto Pop - 1.4 petrol 5spd auto - $16,500 (drive-away)
- Punto Easy - 1.4 petrol 5spd auto - $19,300
- Punto Lounge - 1.4 petrol 5spd auto - $21,800