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Fiat Punto 0.9 TwinAir

Fiat Punto 0.9 TwinAir

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size: Fiat Punto 0.9 TwinAir
  • Fuel: Petrol
  • Range (WLTP): 67.3 mpg
Fiat Punto 0.9 TwinAir

Summary

The Punto seems to be in a never-ending cycle of facelifts and rebrands, it’s a wonder that Fiat’s styling department has time to do anything else. Alongside another reworking of the handsome hatchback Fiat has taken the opportunity to add the multi-award winning TwinAir engine which provides the Punto with a unique selling point in the supermini sector.

Fiat is rightly proud of the TwinAir engine. In the Punto you even get a ‘twin air’ badge on the dashboard and stitched into the front head restraints to remind you, but once you turn the key there is no mistaking which engine option you ticked. The off beat soundtrack adds some much needed character to proceedings and gives Punto buyers a free road tax option.

We like the TwinAir engine because it personifies the concept of downsizing which saves space, weight and fuel. However it is partly a victim of its own success as its rev happy nature combined with an ample and easily accessible torque band makes it a bit too easy to drive it hard. This does dent fuel economy somewhat so you have to be very disciplined to unlock the fuel saving potential.

As well as updating the exterior Fiat has tweaked the interior too. The result is better quality materials and some new fabrics including fabric inserts on the door panels. This does give the Punto a slightly more upmarket feel than before and puts it back on a par with the class standard. Practicality is helped by a sensible 275 litre boot with split fold rear seats.

The Punto offers good value although a quick look at the Fiat forums and owner satisfaction surveys reveals that the previous iterations weren’t exactly bullet proof, so there is still a question mark over reliability. It isn’t the most engaging supermini but it is stylish and the TwinAir engine adds a big slice of character, delivers good performance and has the potential to deliver great fuel economy.

 

Read the full Fiat Punto TwinAir review

Specifications Fiat Punto 0.9 TwinAir

  • Fuel economy, extra urban: 74.3 mpg
  • Fuel economy, urban: 57.6 mpg
  • CO2 emissions: 98 g/km
  • VED: VED band A - £0 a year
  • Weight: 1075 Kg
  • BIK Company Car Tax (2022/23): 12%
  • Price: £12,150
  • Insurance group: 12
  • Power: 85 bhp
  • Max speed: 107 mph
  • 0-62mph: 12.7 seconds
  • Torque: No