It is quite some time that I bought this car (4th Jan 2013 to be precise) and finally I am out to write the ownership report!! If you think that this is one more post to highlight the problems in the car, you are mistaken as this is my report filled with only positives till date and hoping the same to continue. This was my 3rd car (first was Maruti Alto and second was Hyundai i10). This car happened at a time when I was getting equipped with right knowledge on automotives . I was still a beginner then and hence it was Punto 75 HP. Some more time and research, it would have been 90HP model for sure I guess. The experience with Maruti and Hyundai was really good. Fiat anyways was well known brand then for all kinds of negative stories regarding their sales and ASS. A search in Google for Fiat car problems and a huge list opens with all kinds of scary stories. Also it was the time when Fiat was planning to move out of collaboration with Tata and hence this was a huge risk that I took going against my well wishers, happy to say now that this was one of the risks which has turned out to be a very positive experience. Cars considered: Views are purely personal and no offence meant to anyone. Maruti Swift: A must to have choice for any car buyer in B segment in India. Infact with the facelift in 2011, it was a very competent hatchback with improved suspension and good handling. Anyways I was interested in Zdi variant as braking was OK only in this variant, it was shortlisted till the end. Volkswagen Polo TDI: I was impressed with the quality in and out. But turning on the ignition key and the things that followed threw all these positives right out of the window! So rejected. Any-ways if I was in market today, GT Tdi would have been a very strong contender. Hyundai i20 crdi SPORTZ: Quality interiors, best in class interior space and oozes of luxury all around. Drove it around and there was no difference between my i10 and this i20 on how it drove (not considering the acceleration). Infact I liked i10 better. Rejected. Fiat Grande Punto MJD Emotion: This test drive was right after i20 test drive and the moment I sat in the car, i20 felt so much better. The hard plastics was nowhere in comparison with i20 and so is the space. Took the car out and first thing I noticed was that steering was so hard as compared to i20 or Swift. It was a Saturday and roads were empty, I could do some pedal to metal driving. The difference in handling, stability, braking, ride quality was immediately felt and I was almost sold on the car. So I had two cars now made to the final list. Maruti Swift and Fiat Punto. Former is India's darling and latter is like a step child! Whomsoever I spoke to had only one thing to say and the suggestion is anybody's guess. In the meantime, during the research stumbled upon Team Fiat and actually got a lot of info that solved a lot of my concerns. A week after Punto's testdrive, I was on my way to Coorg and normally I take the bypass road after Srirangapatna. I was happily cruising through and here comes a gentleman in a Red Punto (moron was the word I used then but now I know that a lot of people would have used that word on me when I am in Punto going on uneven roads). He wanted space in a non existent bouncy stretch with vehicles coming from opposite side and was flashing and honking to glory. I was so pissed that I started accelarating and there was one corner where car was bouncing like a bouncing ball and I was hanging on to my dear life and this guy coolly and calmly overtakes me. Now I was literally shocked to see this and when I came back to Bangalore, took one more test drive in a bouncy road ridden with potholes near my home. Then realisation dawned on how I was playing by wire and how he was calmly chasing me and overtook me!! This was the final straw and Punto it was. About the variant, honestly I was not very clear on Fiat's future then and hence opted for 1.3 MJD Dynamic variant as ABS was a must for me. Bought the car from Concorde motors, Dairy circle. car was delivered on 4th Jan 2013. Loan formalities were smooth with Axis bank. Expenses till date inclusive all services and alignments etc is Rs 52965. Odo reading as of today - 54568. Got the car remapped by Wolfmoto folks with 23K kms on ODO and never regretted the decision till date. Map 4 for all the highway drives and Map 3 inside city. As and when car completes 10K kms after service, I am back to stock map and this continues till the next service. All the services were done at Vecto motors, Singasandra. No problems with servicing, just once they did not change the engine oil. Checked it little late and got it changed. Changed the tyres to Bridgestone Potenza G3 of 185/70 R14 size at around 20K kms on the odo. This is it for now. Posting a couple of pics, one during delivery and other clicked recently in Coorg.