Inspired by the Maserati in its styling, Fiat Grande Punto is the most beautiful hatchback on Indian roads. Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Italian masterpiece is currently available in four engine options with three levels of luxury, Active, Dynamic and Emotion. All variants have a five speed manual transmission, power steering and HVAC with inclusion of automatic climate control in higher variants. A number of comfort and convenience features improve the drive experience and make interiors as comfortable as any compact sedan.
The higher variants of new Grande Punto are offered with an integrated audio system that comes with steering mounted audio controls. Instrumentation and dual tone dashboard make its interiors stand apart in comparison. The car pricing, features and styling make it a perfect proposition for small families.Fiat Grande Punto Launch History
Fiat Grande Punto was initially unveiled by Fiat in 2005. The car is designed by ‘Car Designer of the Century’ award winner Giorgetto Giugiaro. Speaking about designing and safety features of the car, he had explained that designing is influenced by the safety norms which at times could be a major restriction. However, these regulations have been artistically accommodated in the design to give it a quintessential Maserati resemblance. In 2009, the car made its entry into Indian market, which is considered as one of the biggest markets for hatchbacks. A year later Grande Punto 90 HP Multijet was also launched.Fiat Grande Punto Variants
Available in seven vibrant colours and different levels of luxury, new Fiat Grande Punto is offered in two petrol and two diesel engine variants. Hence, based on features, a total of nine examples of Fiat Grande Punto 2011 are available in India.
Fiat Grande Punto Pricing
| Variant || Specifications |
| 1.2 Fire Petrol Active and 1.3 Multijet Diesel Active || These are the introductory models of Fiat Grande Punto. One might find chrome accents and dual tone dashboard missing in these variants. Power steering with tilt adjustment, HVAC, power windows (front) and instrumentation with Tachometer come as standard. Moreover, fixed rear seats and head restraints can be considered as a major let down. |
| 1.2 Fire Petrol Dynamic and 1.3 Multijet Diesel Dynamic || Very slight improvements over the base variants have been brought in these cars. These include power windows with auto down function at both front and rear, fabric insert on door trim and door arm rest and instrument panel light regulation. Central door locking is another major improvement. |
| 1.2 Fire Petrol Emotion and 1.3 Multijet Diesel Emotion || The exteriors are further improved with inclusion of body coloured door handles and outside rear view mirrors. Automatic door lock and height adjustable front seat belts improve the convenience and safety of the occupants. Dual tone dashboard finally makes its entry in these variants. Seats are also more comfortable with adjustable rear seat head restraints and 60:40 split style. |
Instrumentation panel provides additional information about temperature and mileage. Key-less entry, integrated audio system, electrically adjustable ORVM, rear window wiper, washer and defogger are also included.
| 1.4 Fire Petrol Emotion Pack and 1.3 Multijet Diesel Emotion Pack || With a different engine, this variant is the highest priced petrol variant. It includes automatic climate control, Blue & Me communication package, steering mounted audio controls and driver seat height adjustment facility. Visually, the interiors are similar to 1.2 Fire Petrol Emotion with inclusion of leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob. However, the safety features are enhanced which include ABS with EBD, three point electric seat belts with pre-tensioner and load limiter and dual stage air-bags with crash sensors. |
| 1.3 Multijet Diesel 90 HP Emotion Pack || This variant comes with most powerful engine of the family and resembles 1.3 Multijet Diesel Emotion Pack in other aspects. Chrome plated door handles and premium red stitching on seats are other two changes brought in the design. |
New Fiat Grande Punto is a stylish hatchback offered in as many as nine varieties and has been competitively priced. Fiat Grande Punto price range lies between Rs. 4.4 and Rs. 7 lacs and might differ a little with state levied taxes.Fiat Grande Punto Review and Awards
Since its initial launch in 2009, Fiat Grande Punto has become a centre of attraction and creates a strong competition for other car manufacturers in India. Coming after Linea, this car launch has certainly improved Fiat's sales performance in India. The car is produced at company's lone manufacturing plant in Ranjangaon, Maharashtra.
New Fiat Grande Punto surely packs a lot of comfort features and performs well on Indian roads. The car’s handling on curves and elsewhere has been highly praised by BBC Top Gear, which gives it 18 points on a scale of 20 in its car review. However, it is the styling of this premium hatchback that makes it stand apart. In 2010, UTV Autocar Awards recognised it as a ‘Car with the Best Styling & Design’. It had also won ET Zigwheels ‘Car of the Year’ award in 2009 in the Premium Hatchback category.Fiat Grande Punto Used Car Market
In a very short time, Fiat has captured a major portion of car market in India. Apart from Fiat Grande Punto, cars like Palio Stile and Linea have a distinct charm which attracts a lot of people. Styling by far remains the biggest USP of Fiat cars. Hence, a person looking for a used car would like to check the exteriors and interiors before getting into engine specifications. Company is not directly involved in any kind of pre-owned car market as yet and one might have to check with local dealers for such deals.Fiat Grande Punto Specifications
New Fiat Grande Punto is available in two diesel and two petrol engine variants. These engines have been designed for normal city driving conditions and provide healthy fuel economy in long term. The front wheel drive car comes with a five speed manual transmission and power steering.
Fiat Grande Punto Exteriors
| Criteria || Remarks |
| Variant || 1.2 Fire Petrol || 1.4 Fire Petrol || 1.3 Multijet Diesel || 1.3 Multijet Diesel 90 HP |
| Family || Fire || Fire || Multijet || Multijet |
| Displacement (cc) || 1172 || 1368 || 1248 || 1248 |
| Max. Power || 67.07 hp at 6000 rpm || 88.77 hp at 6000 rpm || 74.96 hp at 4000 rpm || 91.73 hp at 4000 rpm |
| Max. Torque || 96 Nm at 2500 rpm || 115 Nm at 4500 rpm || 197 Nm at 1750 rpm || 209 Nm at 2000 rpm |
| No. of valves || 8 V || 16 V |
| Camshaft || SOHC || DOHC |
Fiat Grande Punto Car has achieved world acclaim for its designing. The car is designed by world renowned car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and includes high class Italian features in its design.
Most of the times, the security norms and regulations pose a serious challenge for designers which in this case have been used to improve car's designing and style. For instance, the regulations related with 'pedestrian impact' involving a certain distance between the beacon and the angle of incidence has defined the frontal lines of Fiat Grande Punto. The characteristic elongated head light that defines the fascia has made Fiat Grande Punto quite akin to a 'small Maserati'.
Strong muscular wheel arches and waist line bring character to the design. It comes with a two part front radiator grille, body coloured bumpers with front and rear fog lamps, body coloured outside rear view mirrors and alloy wheels. The body coloured door handles are replaced by chrome finish handles in the highest variant of Fiat Grande Punto.
Fiat Grande Punto Interiors
| Criteria || Dimensions (in mm, common for all variants) |
| Overall length || 3987 |
| Overall width || 1687 |
| Overall height || 1495 |
| Wheelbase || 2510 |
| Ground Clearance || 173 |
The styling features of new Fiat Grande Punto are as impressive as any premium segment sedan. Its stylish interiors include all modern amenities that add to the comfort levels and security of occupants.
The Fiat Grande Punto car comes with a dual tone dashboard which is a main attraction. Higher variants include leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob. The instrument cluster is filled with a lot of dials and displays which have been beautifully incorporated giving it a futuristic appeal. Seats are comfortable with an up class feel which is also present in every bit of component provided for convenience.
The interiors are maintained at normal room temperature by an effective air conditioner which comes with automatic climate control facility in higher variants of the car. All variants of Fiat Grande Punto come with power steering, tilt steering and clutch foot rest. Central door locking, power windows and electrically adjustable outside rear view mirror are also offered in some variants. Remote keyless entry, rear window with wiper and washer, and rear defogger with timer are included in highest variants only.
The Fiat Grande Punto might appear very deceptive from outside however its interior is as spacious as any premier segment sedan. One might have to lean a bit to make an entry via its wide opening doors. Once seated, one discovers that there is ample headroom and legroom even at rear seats. The cabin makes maximum utilisation of space with storage compartments at various places. A boot space volume of 280 litres provides enough support for stocking sufficient supplies over a weekend tour with family.Fiat Grande Punto Fuel Economy
One of the basic criteria for selection of cars in India and elsewhere is the fuel economy. Realising the importance of good mileage, Fiat Grande Punto car engines are especially tuned for better fuel economy. The eight valve 1.2 litre petrol engine powering the base variant of car gives a fuel economy of 13.8 kmpl. However, the 16-valve 1.4 litre petrol engine variants have a better economy of 15.2 kmpl. On the other hand, diesel engines appear to be a much better proposition in terms of running costs. These engines run nearly 20 kilometres for every litre of diesel.Fiat Grande Punto On Road Drive
Grande Punto car is one of the most exciting hatchbacks on Indian roads. The drive quality gets better in diesel engine variants which have greater torque and power figures. Unlike most of the hatchbacks in this segment, one does not have to struggle for changing gears. The power steering is perfectly balanced and comes with tilt adjustment for better positioning. 1.3 Multijet Diesel 90 HP is especially designed for racing enthusiasts, who might complain with limited power and torque of lower variants.
Punto is fun to handle and poses no threat of loss of grip at turns with its effective suspensions and reliable 14 and 15 inch tyres. A ground clearance of 173 mm ensures that it faces no serious threat of thrashing its nose into steep speed breakers found on city roads. The cabin remains silent throughout the drive with slightly increased engine hum at higher revs.Fiat Grande Punto Power
A total of four engines of Fiat Grande Punto are made available for suiting varied needs of customers. Smallest of these engines is an eight-valve single overhead cam 1.2 litre petrol engine that produces 67.07 hp at 6000 rpm. The torque rating of 96 Nm is generated at 2500 rpm. Grande Punto's 16 valve 1.4 litre petrol engine delivers 88.77 hp at 6000 rpm while generating a torque of 115 Nm at 4500 rpm. At the same time, 1.3 Multijet Diesel engine seems much ahead with 197 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm while producing 74.96 hp at 4000 rpm. Another 1.3 litre Multijet engine has been especially designed for better performance that delivers 91.73 hp at 4000 rpm with a peak torque of 209 Nm at 2000 rpm.Fiat Grande Punto Acceleration
The base variant of New Grande Punto Car is equipped with eight valve single overhead cam 1.2 litre petrol engine which takes 14.5 seconds to reach 100 kmph mark. It reaches a maximum speed mark of 155 kmph. 16 valve 1.4 litre petrol engine reaches 100 kmph mark from standstill within 10.9 seconds while reaching a top speed mark of 178 kmph. 1.3 Multijet Diesel engine takes 13.6 seconds for achieving 100 kmph mark and has a top speed of 165 kmph. New 1.3 Multijet Diesel 90 HP comes with a more capable engine, which delivers much improved performance.Fiat Grande Punto Safety & Security
Fiat Grande Punto like most other cars ensures that its chassis design has crumple zones and includes features that divert and absorb impact on collision. Its cabin remains largely unaffected even in case there is a head on collision. Dual stage front driver and passenger airbags further reduce the chances of fatal injuries. A unique fire prevention system, front and rear fog lamps, and rear defogger are also included.
3-point electrical seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiter, height adjustable front seat belts and anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) are some other characteristic features of Fiat Grande Punto. As a security feature, the car comes with an immobiliser with rolling code.Fiat Grande Punto Comfort & Convenience
Grande Punto cars are equipped with high class comfort and convenience features. These include an effective air conditioning system, which gets even better in higher variants with inclusion of automatic climate control facility. Conveniences like electrically operated outside rear view mirrors, power windows, central locking, cup holders and power steering make a considerable impact on overall driving experience.
Higher variants include leather wrapped steering wheel along with audio controls. Driver does not have to reach for remote or shift focus while driving and can easily change tracks or music stations. It also has a unique communication package which provides ease in answering calls and reading text messages while on move.Fiat Grande Punto Wheels & Suspensions
The new Fiat Grande Punto is available with fourteen inch steel and alloy wheels along with the option of fifteen inch wheels. The suspension of the car has been designed to suit the condition of Indian road.
Fiat Grande Punto Stereo & Accessories
| Criteria || Remarks |
| Specifications || 165 / 80 R14 for Active, Dynamic & Emotion, 195 / 60 R15 for Emotion Pack |
| Wheels || Steel with Full Wheel Cover for Active, Dynamic & Emotion and Alloy Wheels for Emotion Pack |
| Front Suspension || Independent Wheels Suspension with Mcpherson Struts, Helical Springs, Double Acting Telescopic Dampers with Stabiliser Bar |
| Rear Suspension || Torsion Beam, Helical Springs and Double Acting Telescopic Dampers |
Higher variants, Emotion and Emotion Pack, of Fiat Grande Punto have an Integrated CD/MP3 and FM Player with 4 speakers for high sound. This 'In Car Entertainment system' includes steering mounted controls and a unique Blue & Me communication system.