Tank like build Head Turner Mini Maserati Award Winning Technology of Engine ( Motor ) Sporty Interiors This may be the first ownership review of this kind, ( thoda bore karunga but its different ) : 1. Never thought of owning an European car because of their low value for money against the Japanese, Korean & Indian ones. 2. Never ever thought of buying a Fiat car, most of us know the reasons, "After Sales Support" & "Availability of the spare parts" "Cost of the Spare parts" "Availability of Spare parts over the counter" etc etc. 3. Buying a Punto wasn't my decision at all, its god who really wants that I should think differently ( This line is used by Apple & I dont prefer that brand too), but all cars & all brands exists because of someone like me exists. 4. Punto 5. Punto 6. Punto Love this name & the meaning of it > Pointed Pointed like a Jet like a sharpen pencil. Maserati - yes you can afford a Mini version of Maserati. I was started finding my need of a car, thought that I like the car which is quickest in terms of 0-100kmph. which cars come in this category : Alto - NO Never , Alto is not a car for me for sure, ( loads of social pressure.) i20 Diesel - Yes this is the car for me, My second priority was Space - The Cabin Space & the Boot too. Elite really impressed me in all the terms, I was looking at. Polo never considered as listen many horrible stories for Spare parts unavailability & cost of parts specially the body parts & lights. I know that insurance & warranty is there for this but, i was not feeling that I can digest this. As I said my first priority was the quickest car, spacious & third dont want to pay the additional taxes like Excise duty on longer cars ( more than 4 meter) , & over 6 Lakhs as in Delhi the Road tax is almost double. Blindly the i20 elite impressed me a lot but thanks for their pricing in Delhi its ex-showroom is 6.10 Lakh so i20 Elite - bye bye ( road tax in Delhi ) Before this I was preferring a Petrol car & after driving the Diesel MJD & Hy CRDi, it was decided that THIS time Diesel only, The first car was a Petrol which amazed me too because it was a XETA - Xtra effcient TORQUE advantage. Luckily TATA stopped the production of Xeta long back. So I related that I am looking a car with high torque in low rpms ( Xeta having highest torque in its segment at 2600rpm) Now Zest Revotron may be a choice but they really befool people. there is no 140Nm torque felt. It was sluggish than my Xeta. also the Shockers were like a boat. then tried the Zest MJD ( Quadrajet ). impressed with engine response but feeling too discomfort with its too comfortable shockers arrangement. then I realized there is something different which I am trying to find in a car, which was really missing in Zest & Elite i20. What was that. I took the TD of the Petrol Swift & found the car a piece of junk. & started considering a good steering feedback is important for me, Took a TD for the Petrol Grand, got confirmed that Maruti & Hyundai are not cars for me. ( Petrol cars was preferred so took TD of all Petrol car first , sequence is mentioned in reverse according to the feature needs). Searching over the internet, many time I written on Google's text box, " What I am looking in my next car" & obvious there was no good result. Then in a thread Punto was on the top for its RIDE & HANDLING. & In some other MJD was on top for the Drivebility ( In both the threads the Polo was not compared ). & Just filled in a news magazine website that I am interested in a Punto, & also in Fiat India website. Took the TD & gave many many thanks to God for making fair reasons for not to gone ahead for the following cars : 1. Zest Revotron 2. Zest QuadraJet ( The model under 6 Lakh having no exciting features ). 3. Swift / Dzire - Boredom inside, low visibility & back seat space, light weight doors. 4. Grand i10 Petrol- Sluggish boredom 5. Grand i10 D - 1.1 Liter diesel - cant digest about drivability of 1100cc Diesel. 6. i20 Elite - Overpriced, Worst Handling even at very high weight. 7. Polo - comes with fear to loose temper on Germans. Punto - Its also having the same story as Polo but few were due to Tata Motors & few as my preference for low end technical job on road side. But I really felt that now roadside guys are charging too much high than a service centers & over the counter spare are taged higher MRP & almost 10-20% marginal with workshop price. no guaranty about originality too. So decided never ever give a touch of roadside mechanic to my car. Everyone who knows that Punto is Fiat's car : " Tu pagal ho gaya hai", I relate this sentence to love marriage " Tu pagal hai kya love marriage kar raha hai". & my answer is Yes where there is love, God is there. & finalized the Punto ----- No no no, not yet finalized, After listening too much " Tu pagal hai kya" so I though how much extra it would cost me to own a Punto in comparison to a Tata or Maruti car. It cannot be more than a lakh ?????? I asked that discount to dealer & they said Ok. however I felt cheated & thought that I should ask for 1.5 lakhs. No fun getting discount of 1 Lakh, it was really easy job ). Now Punto is the best deal which money can buy. Heart bhi khush & Mind bhi... What I liked till date : 1. Brakes 2. GC 3. Engine Characteristics ( refined over wide range of rpm). 4. NVH - Diesel with least noise in the world, Zest & Elite was similar too but Punto I felt the road noise & outside world noise isolation also good). 5. Wheelbase - Cabin space, big backseat window, 6. Front Doors - Heavy Sheet Metal - It make front seat & dash side more practical. & more important the Safety feel. 7. Drivebility even after the Turbo-lag 8. Stunning Maserati looks of Grande. Curvy on back, sharp like jet on front.- must say Dont like the Evo - its more like Hyundai. 9. Drag Co-Efficient, Ride & Handling - The best Drag Coefficient, The Best Ride & The Best Handling. ( This was the factor I was looking along with the High Torque at low rpm). & Only Punto have this surely. under 10Lakhs ex-showroom price atleast. 10. Frontal Area : Sharp nose design, great Coefficient of Drag near 0.3 11. Under body treatment Dont Like : 1. Visibility : Visibility due to A pillar, Visibility due to C Pillar & Visibility due to Higher GC. 2. Brakes are too efficient for city traffic, there is no mid point brake if the car is in low speed & a little push of peddle stops the complete car & scared if someone hit from the back ). 3. Brakes in high speed : Due to High GC, felt like Brakes are not that efficient & car skids due to high GC & High weight of the car. I really dont like when people say " I thoght tu badi car lega" people think that Zest, Dzire, Eco Sports, Quanto, Xcents are big cars & Punto is a small car like Swift, i10, WagonR ) & I always smile because my heart was saying badi car ke chakkar main mat fasna" Personally I feel the smaller the car from outside, its better for maneuverability. & Punto is less wide than many of its competition with compromising on cabin space. It's all due to heavy Sheetmetal & no space for the water bottles & wine glasses. High GC is done at India level so the Italian Engineers dont have any idea, ( its adverse effect on Visibility, Handling & Braking things). My Pearl White car crossed 4300 on ODO in just 2 months, & I just love the roads, & my road partner, Punto MJD the real pointed car. Too much to write here but a bit boring sequence ( feeling not that much confident as much I do while driving ). Love Punto. Please also guide me about what more people write in Ownership review. So may be the sequence can be framed properly.