35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 26 - Fiat Grande Punto

 

I'm nowhere near as impressed with the Grande Punto as I am with its little brother the Panda. Like the Panda, I had the chance to drive the Grande Punto across Italy and it left me a bit flat. The fuel mileage is quite good for a car this size, just barely less than the much smaller Panda. I really hated the lack of rear quarter visibility and the center console dug into my right thigh. It's a competent car, however, the price is at least 15% too high to be truly considered the cream of the crop in this very competitive market.

 

The Fiat Grande Punto Hatchback 1.4 8v Dynamic 3 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $13,853.68, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 1368 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 103 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 13.2 seconds. The performance factor of 13.3 is above average for its class. The Fiat Grande Punto Hatchback 1.4 8v Dynamic 3 Door returns 56.5 MPG in highway driving, 37.7 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 47.9. With a fuel tank capacity of 9.9 gallons, the car can travel 559 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 674 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Fiat Grande Punto Hatchback 1.4 8v Dynamic 3 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 70, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.

 

Fiat Grande Punto Hatchback 1.4 8v Dynamic 3 Door •

ACTUAL AVERAGE EUROPEAN PRICE • $18,594.35

MANUFACTURER'S EUROPEAN PRICE • $19,669.20

ESTIMATED NORTH AMERICAN PRICE • $13,853.68

SPECIFICATIONS & OUTPUT •

Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 3

Seats • Number of • 5

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 1368 / 4

Valves • Number of • 8

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 77 / 6000

Torque (lb / ft) • 85

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 4030

Overall Width (mm) • 1687

Overall Height (mm) • 1490

Turning Radius (m) • 10

Towing Capacity (kg) • 1000

Curb Weight (kg) • 1025

PERFORMANCE •

0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 13.2

Top speed (MPH) • 103

EQUIPMENT AVAILABILITY & PRICING •

EXTERIOR •

Alloy Rims / Wheels • Option Not Available

Metallic Exterior Paint • $375.00

SECURITY & SAFETY FEATURES •

Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • Standard Equipment

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Standard Equipment

Electronic Stability System • $200.00

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Visible VIN • Option Not Available

Window Etching • Option Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available

Parking Sensor For Front • Option Not Available

CONVENIENCE & COMFORT FEATURES •

Climatic Control • $250.00

Adjustable Steering Height • Standard Equipment

Power Steering • Option Not Available

Adjustable Seat Height • Standard Equipment

Adjustable Power Seats • Option Not Available

Air Conditioning • Standard Equipment

Split Folding Rear Seats • Standard Equipment

Power Front Windows • Standard Equipment

Remote Mirrors • Standard Equipment

Electrically Heated Mirrors • Standard Equipment

Power Moonroof • $600.00

Manual Moonroof • Option Not Available

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

SOUND, NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS •

Hands Free Cell Phone • Standard Equipment

Radio • Option Not Available

Radio With RDS • Option Not Available

iPod / MP3 Connector • Standard Equipment

Bluetooth Enabled • Standard Equipment

CD With RDS • Standard Equipment

OPERATING COSTS •

City MPG • 37.7

Highway MPG • 56.5

Combined MPG • 47.9

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 9.9

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 139

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $20.00

Eco Rating • C

Insurability Grouping • 3

Estimated Average Insurance • $304.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 33.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $240.00

Maintenance Factor • 29

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $683.00

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 5 Year / Unlimited Mileage

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