Fiat Grande Punto Sport Ownership Report Requirement: A fun to drive car period. Preferably a Hatchback as it will be driven by me and my wife and mostly in city. Looks that should kill . No compromise on security, Airbags & ABS were must. And it should come with all the bells and whistles. I wasn’t bothered about the fact whether it should be a diesel or petrol and neither the mileage. Contenders: Fiat Punto 90 HP, VW Polo 1.6, Skoda Fabia 1.6, Skoda Rapid Diesel, Honda City. VW Polo 1.6: Likes: Very good looking car, Superb build quality, Fit n finish, Premium feel, Good high speed stability, Best in class gear box. Dislikes: Lack of equipments, to name a few No USB or Aux-in or Bluetooth connectivity on OEM ICE, No climate control, Steering does not inspire confidence on high speed(even my wife felt that after driving Punto). Engine doesn't feel as it is 1.6 right from the word go, felt there was a initial lag when you press on the gas. I feel if one is compromising on mileage then the acceleration should compensate that. Skoda Fabia 1.6: Likes: Superb build quality, Fit n finish, Premium feel, Good high speed stability. Dislikes: Looks (No offence to existing Fabia owners) i don’t like the front of Fabia, its not that i don’t like quirky design(i love Yeti ) but in this case i don't. This was the major factor not to consider this car. Skoda Rapid Diesel(Ambition): One fine day i thought let’s stretch the budget and consider Rapid even with the budget stretched to max limit i was only able to touch Ambition variant. After driving both Petrol and Diesel Rapid there was no question of going for Petrol Likes: Excellent diesel engine, has very good drivability, lag is very less hence city driving is a breeze, NVH Dislikes: Interiors, i feel Fabia has better interiors. Ambition variant has only driver side Airbags. Equipment level, as due to my budget constraint i was not able to go beyond Ambition variant hence NO OEM music player, no climate control etc. Honda City (S Variant): When i was considering Skoda Rapid i thought why not Honda City, after all its current pricing makes it look very VFM. Likes: Its a Honda , Looks, fit n finish, premium feel, fun to drive petrol engine yet fuel efficient, though an electronic steering but it's nicely weighted and don’t feel uninspiring as the one in Polo. Dislikes: Lack of features in S variant.It has become very common now a days. Fiat Punto 90 HP(Sport): Likes: Looks, i don't know but i just love its design , feels like a tank, brilliant steering, high speed stability, blu n me, loaded with features and no compromise on security. Dislikes: Poor plastic quality, Gear box, Turbo Lag Other cars which i had in mind were Swift and i20. Swift has the FTD quotient but it is too common, boot space and waiting period made me stay away from it. i20 is a good VFM car but no FTD quotient Buying Experience: After all TDs and several hours spending reading reviews and ownership reviews decided to buy Exotica Red Fiat Grande Punto Sport. Special thanks to fellow teamfiatians who helped me clearing my doubts during my hunt for the car ::T Booked the car from Prerana motors lal bagh road, bangalore. Bought the car under company lease policy. The car was delivered within 2 weeks after the formalities from leasing company. Did a PDI, Prerana motors have arranged a car for us to go to the stock yard and there was no major issues found during PDI. Got standard freebies and managed to get a FREE reverse parking sensors (original fiat accessory). Overall satisfied with their service. On second day there was a problem, MID always showed “Boot Open” message even though the boot was closed properly. It was an issue with the boot lock, the sensor wire got cut. They replaced the lock and the issue was resolved. Photos: Initial Impression: I got the delivery of the car on 21st June 2012 and I have done 1600 km so far. Its a great feeling to own a Punto and i am loving every bit of it. The solid feel, high speed stability and the steering feedback is an absolute delight. Mostly driven the car in bangalore city and MID shows an average mileage between 12-14 kmpl in city. I get 12 kmpl during spirited driving. Did few short highway trips. On highways its very hard to go slow and i was unable to control myself. First trip, odo at ~500Kms and i have taken her to 120 - 130kmph. Second trip, odo at 1000 Km and again maintained speed b/w 110 -120 kmph. Once i touched 170kmph when me and a skoda laura had an ego clash . During this trip it returned 15 kmpl. Doubt? touched 170 kmph will this cause any damage to engine? Turbo Lag: I have few queries here. Initial first week(when odo ~300km) 2nd gear was taking time to reach 2k rpm mark and the lag was irritating in traffic but after rpm reaches 2k mark there is a sudden surge of power. 2nd gear does improved slightly when odo was around 500 - 600 km. After all the short highway trips mentioned above now odo is at 1600 km. From past few days i am feeling the sudden surge of power(in all gears) have reduced after 2k mark. Here i am having doubt, i sometime feel the power delivery has become more linear or is there a problem? I also have a feeling that power delivery below 2k mark has improved but again i am having a doubt whether its really the case or is it now that i am used to it so i feel so? Is this a normal phenomenon with Multijets or is this a problem in my case?