Punto first i was shocked to c Brio as I though where’s my Punto?? Then I scrolled down in Premium Hatchs to c my super hatch… Nice article… I must say good ride quality is very important in a car for a comfortable ride
i dno how they can qualify a car like MANZA for ride quality.!!! it has a very bouncy ride for speeds above 80..
Punto, Linea and the Fluence, leaders in ride quality in a country known for bad roads, and yet the least selling in their respective segments. The irony of it!
But Experts what about I20? Is punto better than i20?
Yes, in terms of purely ride quality, the Punto is better than the i20. Let’s put it this way, the Punto is the best hatchback in terms of ride quality today in India. The way it flattens bad patches with the least drama has to be experienced to be believed.
punto d best
Superb article. Nice to see good cars @ good position.
i20 d best
HUNDAI NEEDS FEW MORE YEARS TO IMPROVE RIDE QUALITY OF THEIER ENGINE…THEY ARE NEVER ON TECHNOLOGY…JUST LOOKS AND FEATURES HELPING THEM TO SELL TH CARS…I M ALSO SURPRIZED TO SEE NUMBERS OF CARS ARE IN MARKET(I20) PITTY IN BUYERS…THEY DONT KNOW TECHNOLOGY….AND THAT WHY THEY BUY…:)
I would say all three of these cars are better (and pricier) than the Micra. The only good thing with the Micra (diesel) is fuel economy and no turbo-lag and expected overall general reliability.
yes compare Punto Emotion with others
i accept fuel economy n cc is good
Micra is quite value for money. Others are all slightly bigger and more powerful.. Punto is good, but resale value is low.
what is the resale value of Nissan Cars?????
Hyundai i20 iGen is also a good Choice to think about.
Engine performance is much better than other Desiel car in the segment, No doubt in Interior space,Likewise Boot Space, Rear Disc breaks along with ABS (only in 1.4 CRDI Sport and ASTA)moreover there few more First in segment features too.
If little more of budget is not a constrain Hyundai…[Read more]
go for micra if u dont have problem with the resale and service
Considering all top end models or top trims, here is my opinion. The I20 will be the most feature loaded and reliable of them all but will command the highest price, note that it has a very soft suspension setup so enthusiastic highway driving is not for it. The second rank would be the Punto, excellent in everything but note that its resale is…[Read more]
Drive each one and u’d know the difference….. punto has less mileage but best drivability…polo has a good built but small in space for tall people.. I20 has features but bad suspension…
punto 90 is much better if u can invest, by next year fiat will be having its service stations in all major cities
90hp variant is well suited for highway driving but has a bit more lag. If the usage is restricted to the city, the 75hp variant is good enough.
Fiat will be coming up in a big way. By next Diwali expect almost 25 new outlets across India.
if u can live with mileage.. 90HP.. u wont regret
could’nt get if mileage is good or bad for90hp version
Its similar on both. As I said, the 90hp variant has a bit more lag so you tend to drive with a slightly heavier foot in city traffic. Its the reverse on the highway, where the extra power means you need fewer revs to maintain the same speed. Thats about it.
go for punto diesel it is 90hp powerful performance,it has style,features,safety,ride and handling etc…..
The most affordable and value-for-money car in your line up would be the Ford Figo Titanium diesel. It drives well, has good interior space and is pretty fuel-efficient too – at about 16 kmpl in city and 20 on the highways. If you can stretch your budget, then the Fiat Punto diesel – especially the 90 HP would be a car that you will enjoy…[Read more]
Manjunath, what are you looking for in your car? I can see that you have chosen diesel.. how much do you drive a month? If its around 1000 km, diesel is a good choice. Among the cars you have listed, the best all-round car is the Figo. Its got enough power, space, fuel efficiency, features etc. I will suggest you wait a month or two for the next…[Read more]
if you want solid build quality and space then go in for the fabia. if you want value for money and fuel efficiency then the figo is better. for city driving the micra would be a good car. but the figo is better. it is the cheapest of the lot too
if you want solid build quality and space then go in for the fabia. but skodas service is not good. if you want a good city car then go in for the micra. but the figo
if you want solid build quality and space then go in for the fabia. but skodas service is not good. if you want a good city car then micra is better. punto for its looks. but the figo is the best deal os the cars you have shotlisted because it has good ride and handling and fuel effciency
If you love driving nothing beats a Punto!
every one is using fiat engn so bettr u go 4 punto….
VFM = figo………Exclusivity= Skoda Fabia & Micra….but wants An Allrounder then Only Punto…
Agree. But I still love my Punto! And honestly, this time Hyundai’s fluidic theme didn’t seem to work, as the outgoing i20 looks far better than the new i20.
In my opinion , Bike enthusiasts love Royal Enfield Bullet no matter if it doesnt have host of features.. they just love it for the ride quality built and looks.. LIKEWISE i’d say for PUNTO in cars.Its built ride quality and looks… I luv my Punto..
PUNTO…Jo Diwana Bana De…i20 feature wise very pretty machine
Punto always. Hyundai entertains the driver by giving a lots of features but Fiat gives a steering wheel which entertains the driver the most than any other feature. i20 is a Four wheeler, Punto is a Car, a perfect car. That is the difference.
i20 is a good machine and not a car…punto is a car…car always has a soul…all korean cars are white goods…they lack liveliness and soul…
PUNTO gr88 car….no compare in drive and comfort with i20. hundai never worked over technology and safety…punto is the best hatch back in india followed by swift and figo….i20 is beautiful box of features friends…its all fake an I vote Punto instead…i20…i20 is waste …and junk….
Punto the king of hacthback segment…!
Everybody speaks in one voice that Punto is Best hatch and it is also true. Then why people are not supporting his best hatch by purchasing it rather then purchasing Swift or i20. I urge Punto fans support Fiat not Suzuki or Hyundai.
man if everybody loves punto then why does it not looks alike in terms of sales……m too a punto fan….
Its needs brain to buy a car..and indians go for ebtra stuffings and polished cars…they never know the technology stuffs …for them all cars are same…and ecte ct
i m a proud owner of Swift ZXI(2006), but a week ago i decided to sell it, and buy a new hatchback, untill now i was considering to buy among figo, i20, micra or desire…. but after doing my research, i have made up my mind to buy Fiat punto…..!! hope my decision will be correct.
Yes Prateek, I’m sure you’d love your Fiat. And I look forward to read your experience of driving a Punto after a Swift.
Fiat Punto and Swift Same engine…but u love to drive Punto compared to swift…
Punto is a not car…it is a CAAAAAAAR
Hmm. That’s a tough one. I’ll check with a friend who owns a car accessories store and see if he knows.
If you take a picture of the actual Punto Abarth and show it to a car graphics guy, he might be able to replicate it
@Roshun : Thanks That would be really nice… I stay in delhi so if you find one do let me know.
@Rishab : Thats my last option
well, its just a normal strips at bottom but decent and alomost the llok of a genuine Abarth u can ve a look at my Abarth http://www.flickr.com/photos/manuraj/7354920284/sizes/k/in/photostream/
Manuraj, that looks really nice. Please do let Prateek know where you got this done.
thats a super looking graphics.. where did u got it? mine is a dark grey punto
I m from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Prateek Where are you from..? you can take a pic of mine and show it to some car decors and ask him to do the same way. Sure, he wud help u out..
F1 decors in Coimbatore city. grey will go good with same red strips which i used and paint the side mirrors red… macho look for sure..
m from delhi… red is on my mind… thanks Manuraj
great, and welcome Prateek dont forgret to post u r punto’s pic after the work..!
Between the 2 you have stated, i20 is a better choice
Ride quality fun to drive – Punto……….. interiors i20
For driving pleasure and ride quality gor for Punto. For reliablity and good afer sales serive go for i20.
Punto is the best car to go with as many have suggested and i20 has loads of equipment list where you can also go with that but both have respective issues:
Punto has A.S.S problems as it is tied with Tata which is the main cause for lower sales number but a good car to drive as others said here
I20 still has steering rattling issues where…[Read more]
y not take the swift good handling…if chauffer driven then i20..i20 crdi 1.4 gives a good 20kmpl
u could wait till both punto evo and the fluidic i20 is launched then decide
India probably wont see Punto evo in 2012. Go 4 punto aftr the jan 3rd upgrades. Fiat will have separate showrooms by 2012 end, service will be better. Tata service isnt bad everywhere, just ask fiat owners in your area. Punto is easily the best diesel hatch.
Thank you guys . i can see dat most of the votes goes for punto, but i have heared that it has really bad ground clearance. is it so….??
Now its 171 mm.. Also there is a thick engine guard.. Better ground clearance is sure after upgrades. Some websites predicts 185 mm or195 mm (GC of SX4 is only 190mm)!! Wait 4 jan 3rd.
guys booked i20 magna model. taking delivery on 1 jan12.
i guess the experience would be good.
you got it ryt mate…..how much is it costing you !!
638000 with insurance from himachal
Wish u happy miles mate. I20 facelift looks overstyled, better to buy current version.
When is the launch date of i20 fluidic ?
Dude check out the new Punto,quality wise any time european cars,its a rock solid vehicle,go ahead,I20 is the poor cousin of Punto,appears european but no mannerism of it.
punto has got zero resale n heavy mainatainence…so if u r rich to bear d cost den punto…..but at d same time i20 sportz has got awesum features,good resale n low maintainence.
dude i will suggest you i20 it has good features and sober looks and also hyundai launching fluidic i20 so you can wait for that option.
I would say,, you should go with your heart in this comparison I believe both are more or less equivalent…
A.S.S is only a problem for Punto, otherwise its the awsome to ride from the two..
i 20 obs …….coz aftr sales service is also gud in case on hyundai…….fiat-tata is a joint venture so tata ppl vl always gv pref on tata cars den on fiat on aftr sale srvce.
i20 asta with abs is better
Mr. Mayur, who told you that Punto’s maintenance is high. I can bet that it almost 50% of i20. Hope you would not belive, but you always can check for actual price. I am a owner of Punto and it has crossed 35K so far. I can say its a excellent machine. May be its a bit slower on red lights due to the way its tunned but its not exactly the place to race.
Mine is petrol 1.2 and I’ve got 23.6 kmpl as best millage so far on highway. But I’ce acheived 21 kmpl more than 10 times that too for 150+ kms. Best speed I’ve closed 170 kph.
On otherside, my cousin has Fludic Verna , I can braking system in this vechicle is just horrible. I am saying this on the basis of braking system of my punto. Also, F.V. has lot of vibretion in floor. In last we should say something only on the basis of facts. Don’t take words from mouths of others. Apply your brain , test cars yourself and then…[Read more]
Hyundai is going to change brakes and suspension in upcoming versions of verna
i think PUNTO is da best…..bcoz very good comfortable,very good luxury,very good safety & very good handling…i know A.S.S.problem with PUNTO…but u want long time use go with PUNTO.
You want quick accelarations and all kinds of gadjets, then I20 suits…. but if you want long time use and a highway speed killer, then Punto is something and i20 doesnt come close at all… I m suggesting you about Punto 90BHP model if you have daily highway travels… If you only have city use, take i20
bad choice… i20 sucks…punto rocks,,
punto ………. obviously …… coz of its high standards of safety as per European standards ……. and superb design …….. i am very happy with its calm performance …….. i also hav i20 but am regretting coz of its poor ride quality,comfort and its poor fabrics.
@Aditya Upadhya: can you please share your 3 months of experience with i20? i’m also confused with these models. i really liked swift but its 6 months waiting period is draw back for me.
Punto has some low quality plastics especially in height-adjustable seat belt latch and parcel trays. Steering mounted audio controls are offered only in top end Emotion variant. Rear headroom might be a bit of concern for six foot plus persons. Fiat need to emphasize on the after sales part as well to boost its car sales.
punto is a piece of shit….once it is got some prob ..it will keep on repeating…..very high maintenance….no looks….
People who have no experience in driving or know nothing about driving will say that Punto is pathetic. It is best hatch you can buy in india new model has Good quality plastics and it has superb gound clearence. And please mind it maintenance of punto is very low almost 50% low compare to i20.
someone said punto has no looks!! wow… rofl.. guys what do you say? do i need to add anything here?
I am amazed how everybody here has such extreme reactions about the Punto. In terms of design and engineering it is a cut above all other hatches and has the most mature (big car-like) ride and handling. It does have a few problem areas, like an occasionally inconsistent after sales service experience. Consequently, the resale value suffers. The…[Read more]
I say Punto will last longer and better than the 120… From my experience of driving the 75Bhp Punto, its a hectic car to drive in the city… Parking is a little hard due to the weight and road presence and the width.. 120 is nimble in city in terms of handling and driving in city limits… When it comes to highway, the Punto scores much over…[Read more]
well i guess people have extreme reaction about Punto coz they know what a true engineered car it is. and no offense but poor after sales service had nothing to with car but with poor management . Fiat has eventually gone away from TATAs… more over i believe in trying out first rather blatently saying its not a gud car..
I own i20 1.4 CRDI. Comparing a i20 with punto is like comparing a hovercraft with a horse. Although i agree that the pickup and acceleration of Punto is higher than i20, when it comes to comfort, suspension, drive quality and “The car-feel”, it is nowhere near to i20. Punto can be compared with the Indian cars like swift. But, when it comes to…[Read more]
Swaroop SP : Hey, please note that Fiat makes European standard features… That is Left hand driver foccued.. As for India, now the 2012 Punto is excellent… Better AC, Best in class ground clearance and the top model 75 BHP is at just 7 Lakhs with everything you can ask for a car of that price… Its not that I m against 120, but since the…[Read more]
Better check the cost of the timely oil filter change at the specified KMS with your friend’s diesel car… Just cross check the cost and find the result… I m very sure that Hyundai charges you the most when compared to Fiat and Ford…. VW is an exception… Its a car for the rich people….
Punto is much more heavier than the 120… Better stability at triple digit speeds… Its just not how fast you climb the speeds, but how fast your car reacts when you need quick overtaking in the city or highway… In that aspect maybe i20 is better…..
why a lots of people like swift ? why not like punto compear to swift ?
Swaroop SP : Sir first of al i will make something clear that Punto is well eshtablished product globally not i20 in many international market nobody buys Hyundai same as Suzuki. Suspension setup of i20 is so soft its not confortable next engine durability MJD is light year ahead of CRDi. So Yes i20 is good but Punto is Bes or you can say Better…[Read more]
i will book a swift vdi tomaro..
@Nitin.. How do you manage such high figures with Punto 1.2 Petrol.. I am unable to get more than 12/13 without AC in Kolkata city even with really control driving.. Where as best was around 21kmpl for me at around 70kmph in GQ stretch but in normal driving, its really hard for me obtain more than 10/12 in city where as 14/15 in highways !!
fabia – maintainance cost is high.
polo – even fr a single dent or scratch thy ll ask u more than 2k, maintainance high
i20 – under powerd petrol car wit korean technology, but yet awesome exteriors n interiors
punto – poor a.s.s
better go for maruti, u can trust n buy it…
New Swift Petrol is a good buy anyday.
Yea the swift petrol is good, but I am hearing good reviews about polo and micra
Fiat punto good buy if there is service in your city…..
m driving a punto emotion pk 90 bhp.. one of the best handling car available in india. super suspension n ride quality very stable even above 140 km. But yes you hv to adjust with the service and mileage as compared to maruti. Though i hv nt faced ny issues with a.s.s yet … wud suggest u to take a test drive of ur listed vehicles
Why not Honda Jazz X? If u can wait till Feb/Mar then the Jazz is the best 4m the above choice. Worth waiting. Else 2nd option is Swift Zxi, which also has a waiting period.
if ur yearly mileage wud b around 12000km &keep ur car for atleast 5yrs, dn i wud recommend u to go with a diesel engine car. If not den go with Swift. Its performance &fuel economy both r gud with handling &best A.S.S. &2nd opt. is Punto. U can bare with its A.S.S.