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Fiat Punto Pure Hatchback First Drive

OVERVIEW ;

Fiat Punto Pure is a cute little hatchback with expressive design and comforting interiors. This car decked in vibrant colours and houses several comfort and safety features for the passengers so that they can travel in complete safety. This hatchback is not only fuel efficient (diesel model), but also easy to negotiate through the busy Indian roads thanks to its smaller size. This car is available in both petrol and diesel model. Fiat Punto Pure price in India quoted at Rs. 4.49 lakhs (Ex showroom price, New Delhi) for the petrol model and Rs. 5.49Lakhs (Ex showroom price, New Delhi). Check for review, specifications, features & price of Fiat Punto Pure

EXTERIORS ;

The car carries the same design language like its predecessor. We’ve got to say, the car may fail to impress the masses, thanks to its outdated design language. However, its body structure and build quality are are engineered with definite proportions. The curves and strong build quality should bring the onlookers appreciation. The small grille embedded with the company emblem at the center engages your eye. The new Punto Pure bonnet is long and is stylish owing to the crease lines it has. The follow-me stretch back headlights are the real highlights of the design.The bumper design has got a clean design with neat finish. It has smaller air vents that are garnished in black. Unfortunately, there are no fog lamps in it. Now to the side profile, what catches your eye here is the neatly finished door handles and side mirrors. The fine crease across the side profile of the car rises the artistry of the motor. It gets steel wheel as standard featuring wheel caps. Its unfortunate that the car is not available with alloy wheelsThis sub 4-meter vehicle looks bold and dynamic from its rear facet. The Tail-lamps of the car are aligned in symmetric with the windscreen, while the build quality and finish is unparalleled.The rear fog lamps are housed with in the bumper. The crease just below the panel groove is just alluring. The model’s badge on the left of the boot-lid emphasizes its distinctive appeal. The eye-catching Fiat model measured 3989mm in length and 1687 mm in width and 1525 mm in height. This hatchback also has a decent boot volume of 280-litres.

INTERIORS ;

The interior is basic. The instrument cluster is an analog one with clear white font on a black background. There is also an orange-lit small digital screen in the centre that will tell you the fuel economy and the distance-to-empty. For your infotainment needs you will have to get a system externally fitted as seen in the pictures. But, we couldn’t help but wonder about the missing central locking in the Punto Pure.The cabin also reveals some elements where the Fiat’s team has really cut corners. The plastic quality is tacky and lacks lustre. Panel gaps are clearly evident on the dashboard and some components like the AC switches feel flimsy. Thankfully, the two tone upholstery is acceptable. The back rest is quite supportive but these fabric seats do lack under thigh support. Similarly, the rear seats can fit two comfortably with good headroom and shoulder room, but three people might become a little too snug. t. Thankfully, the knee room is just about adequate for average-size individuals. The practicality bit was not lost on us either. You have various small spaces on the dashboard to stow away your small stuff and for the larger luggage you have the folding rear seat that liberates boot space. But then, you may find it a little inconvenient holding a water bottle in your hand as the Punto Pure lacks space in the door pockets to hold one.

PERFORMANCE ;

The Fiat Punto Pure is actually available in both diesel as well as petrol variants. The Petrol variant uses the 1.2-litre FIRE unit which comes with a 1, 172 cc displacement and is actually capable of producing about 68 Ps of peak power at 6000 rpm and 96 Nm of torque at 2500 rpm.As far as the diesel variant is concerned it uses the same 1.3-litre MultiJet unit capable of producing about 76 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and an impressive 197 Nm of torque at 1, 750 rpm. Both the engines come paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox. These are also actually the same drivetrain which powers the Fiat Punto Evo.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

If there is one thing that Fiat manages to get right every time, it is the ride quality. Most bumps and imperfections are absorbed with ease and no more than a muted thud is sent into the cabin. The diesel feels a bit stiffer at slower speeds compared to the petrol courtesy revised damper settings to cater to the increased weight. A high ground clearance means you go over most of the imperfections on our roads without having to slow down much. The hydraulic power steering weighs up correctly and is responsive both at low speeds and high.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

This car is equipped with various safety features to keep the passenger safe in case of any untoward incident, these include, the use of high strength steel material in cabin construction, driver’s seat belt reminder, height adjustable front headrests, front fog lamp and tubeless tyres. In addition, it also has fire prevention system that cuts off the fuel supply to the engine in case of any accident. For braking, the company has provided it with disc brakes for the front wheels and drum brakes for the rear wheel.

VERDICT ;

Today, there are cars like the Tata Tiago, Hyundai i10 and the Chevrolet Beat that offer quite a load of new tech and features. And all of this, at a lower price than the Punto Pure (ex-showroom Rs 4.54 lakh for the petrol and Rs 5.63 lakh for the diesel). So it might be difficult for the Punto Pure to establish its foothold in such a competitive market.However, if you are willing to overlook the price and are up for good ride dynamics, then this is your car. For the Fiat purists, who missed the charm of the old Punto, you might just want to opt to pay extra and get the Punto Evo that offers premium features and better quality of materials.

 

 

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