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Fiat Avventura vs Punto Evo

By   |   24 October,2014

Away from the lights and cameras is the regular workhorse of a car that not just takes care of the mundane stuff but never complains about being away from the limelight. Unlike these regular cars, Crossovers are an interesting bunch: they manage to do most of the things that the workhorse would, but continue to garner all the eyeballs they could. And with all those things in mind, the Fiat Avventura fits the bill well. As the crossover, of course.

It's based on the new Punto Evo, but offers a more in-your-face exterior and slightly tweaked interior, updated suspension setup and bigger wheels, functional roof rails, and the tailgate-mounted spare wheel. Apart from that it's mechanically the same as the new Punto. And that makes a lot of new car buyers wonder if the Avventura with its added uniqueness and utility makes sense over the charismatic Punto Evo. We take a look at the two, just to help you choose the right one for you.

Let's start with the looks. On the outside, if you like the familiar shape of the Punto (Grande Punto onwards), then the Avventura won't be disliked, either. It's just a bit more aggressive and bulbous than the Punto Evo.

It sits higher, and with the plastic cladding running across the body, it won't look out of place when plunging mud. Inside isn't too different from the Punto Evo, with the inclusion of three new round dials - two inclinometers and one compass - being the major change.

The Punto Evo is charismatic, and even with a design that's not entirely different from the car it replaces, this Fiat hatchback continues to look beautiful. Yes, 'beautiful' is the word. Avventura, on the other hand, is more attention-seeking.

Talking about functionality, the Punto Evo does what a premium hatchback is supposed to do. Be it office commutes, weekend drives, or everyday chores, the car will do all that with ease. Add to that the almost-perfect ride and handling setup (okay, the steering is on the heavier side and the vehicle isn't light, but still), and you have quite a rounded product.

Talking about functionality, the Punto Evo does what a premium hatchback is supposed to do. Be it office commutes, weekend drives, or everyday chores, the car will do all that with ease. Add to that the almost-perfect ride and handling setup (okay, the steering is on the heavier side and the vehicle isn't light, but still), and you have quite a rounded product.

There's not too much to choose from Fiat's line up, but if you look closely at these two, the Avventura is for those who like their cars to do a little more than everone else's. The Punto Evo is a step ahead (in the right direction, of course) from the previous Punto, and if you're looking for a good looking and dynamically sound hatchback, it still tops the list.

While the Etios Cross and Volkswagen Cross Polo are more like special variants of the cars they're based on (Etios Liva and Polo respectively), the omission of the Punto branding from Avventura seems justified. But while it has lost the name, the Avventura continues to offer the goodness of the Punto Evo, albeit in a slightly different way and at a higher price.

Think about the Avventura as the Panda Cross but for the Indian market. The 16-inch alloys, 205mm of ground clearance, and the overall form and utility of the Avventura are things hard to miss. And that's what makes the Avventura special.

Fiat Avventura First Drive



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