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Fuel type Petrol
Engine size 1242
Engine size 1.2
Engine size 1368
Engine size 1.24
Eden Fiat Basingstoke
In 2012, Fiat gave its Punto supermini a last roll of the dice with a package of improvements promising sleeker styling, clever technology and more efficient engines, most notably an innovative twin-cylinder TwinAir petrol unit that at the time was unique in this segment. Are these last-of-the-line Punto variants worth considering as an affordable used supermini buy? Let's find out.
So, over two decades and eight and a half million sales on from the launch of Fiat's original Punto, this, back in 2012, was where we ended up. Although much was changed about this car at that point, much also remained the same. Just like the 1993 original, there's still a cool class-less character here that usually evades most mainstream superminis from this period. This is one of the few small cars from its time that would fit in at any social engagement, with no justifications sought nor required. You'll need to buy one of the more expensive variants to get the full triple espresso shot of Latin spirit, but many will feel that worthwhile. Think of it like this. You could buy a German suit that was made of some fantastic breathable, water repellent, stain-resistant super fabric but looked a bit square. Or you could buy an Italian suit which was.. well, just a damn great looking suit. You get the point.
Which is why this car makes so much more sense in the metal than it will do on the pre-conceived page of your supermini used car buying shopping list. You'll have started that by considering more modern designs - Peugeot's 208 perhaps, Kia's Rio, maybe the Ford Fiesta - overlooking perhaps just how much this Punto was, in 2012, perfected with class-leading engines, a smarter look and extra equipment. Fiat, we think, did, at that time do enough for you to give this car a second look. You'll need to buy carefully here, but if you can and you try a well looked-after version of this car, you might be glad you did.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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