The Fiat Punto needed a facelift and fast which now Fiat India has finally given. The new Fiat Punto Evo looks great in its aggressive new avatar and has style on its side. The presence that this hatch has overshadows other small cars. Fiat also has given the interior a much needed change with the dash and new features from the Linea. Mechanically you have the same engine options as before and here we recommend the diesel. Overall the new Fiat Punto Evo seems to just improve on some of the earlier model shortcomings and being the most charming hatch available on our market.
Powertrain & Performance
The Fiat Punto Evo retains the same set of engines as before. You have the 1.2 and 1.4 petrol———s and the 1.3 diesel available in two power guises. The diesels make 75 bhp in the base model and 90 bhp in the top-end model. We prefer the diesels to the petrol———s in the Punto range due to the performance. The 75 diesel offers enough performance and in the city does not require many downshifts though in the highway you do need more power and to get going you do need to use the gearbox frequently- but that is when you are driving it hard, as a comfy commuter the 75 bhp is enough. The 90 bhp version does not feel massively fast when compared to the 75 bhp but has more oomph at the high speeds. The 1.2 petrol is smooth but needs more power as the Punto Evo is heavy. The five-speed manual is just like earlier- easy to use but not a precise feel and not slick. The ride and handling department has always been the plus point of the Punto and it continues here too. The near SUV like ground clearance means the Punto Evo just sails through potholes and bad roads. The handling and stability is also fantastic.
Build & Styling
The Punto Evo now looks even better and more aggressive now. The styling changes are similar to the Avventura which was shown at the Auto Expo. The new bigger and sharper swept back headlamps grab your attention first then there are the new alloys and the tons of chrome plus the new grille. From the side the beautiful proportions are kept intact here and at the rear you have new tail-lamps and more chrome added. Just stunning.
Inside it is more modern looking and has the dash from the new Linea. The centre-console looks nice and quality is very good with a tank-like feel. The top-end Sport will have black interiors which look good. Feature wise you have everything like Bluetooth, climate control, steering controls, music system with USB and then rear ac vents. Space is good at the front but at the rear both headroom and legroom could have been better.
The Fiat Punto Evo looks better, has more features now and continues to have its previous strong points like excellent ride and handling. We do wish for more power though to complement its fun to drive nature. Still what you have here is one of the best looking hatches you can buy just made better.