Today my Punto 1.3 emotion crossed 16000 kms in 4 months driving , bought in march , than went abroad for a month . So i drive little over 4000km a month Thats me in UAE , Dubai , past month I had Santro previously that companied me for 90000 kms , it never left me stranded , be it Jaipur, Agra, Shimla,Ladakh or Kaza . If money was not issue I may not have sold it at first place , it was kind of emotional departure . Since fuel expenses were rising and my journeys were increasing so it was time for diesel . I20 was first obvious choice , Punto was not even considered . Showroom experience at all 4 hyundai showrooms was terrible , test drive became a distant dream . It was big let off seeing behavior of Hyundai , I felt as if my personality is not good as all are not even considering that I at their showroom and looking for .. Anyways one day my manager brought his i20 in chandigarh , and I drove it all day , everything was good except AC , it was not even doing work like a cooler , inquired few other owners and found it to be the issue . At that issue i20 was big no , since in india a good AC is must have be it alto or accord . Moreover Hyundai all 4 showrooms have odd behavior , and lost a customer. Polo was way too pricey and not even basic kit and 3 cyl engine . Micra diesel was good contender but it was lacking ABS and small in space . New Swift , every other car is swift nowdays and maruti people don’t even talk abt swift , they just point finger towards waiting periods board for swift. One day I got a call from Fiat Pune as I put email enquiry , visited showroom , Joshi in chandigarh . Their executive was not having deep knowledge but his attitude to sell car was very nice , all staff was very polite and helpful . Offered Test drive in 15 mins that too of 25kms , Liked the car and booked next day. So to be true it was Tata-Fiat showroom experience that made me book the car and I don’t think that test drive gives u good idea of what car actually drives . Things I liked about Punto Build: Any newbie can tell that Punto feels heavier be it lookwise or feel wise . Ride: Punto has a brilliant ride, as speed increses I feel as if its gripping road more and more and feel very safe with very good comfort levels. Handling: Emotion is with 195/60 tyres I changed to Continental CPC2, and I drive mostly on hills , that’s where punto can’t let anyone beat you , it handles so well that its hard to keep it slow on curves. Steering: The steering is just perfect. I don’t like light steerings , they are so scary at speeds , Punto steering is just perfect , even Santro steering with 185/60 tyres was good , but Punto is best. Brakes: Punto has brakes which are more than it actually needed , I mean I have confidence on brakes and 4-5 times ABS saved the day , first time when ABS kicked I thought my brakes have failed Equipment : Its very well equipped , I esp like Seat belt Buzzer and Real time Consumptin et al MID. Stability : At speed 100 one can easily disguise to other saying its 70kmph , and comfort levels at even 120 kmph are awesome. FE: Diesel consumption is satisfactory if not good , since I drive with heavy foot , still it gives 14kmpl in city AC always on , and 18-20kmpl on highways with constant 120kmph with AC . Exclusivity: Many people still ask me which car is this and likes it as its as hardly seen has BMW or Merc . I like things diff from crowd . Wide windows: swift’s 2 rear window glasses combined will make one side rear window glass , it gives feeling of airiness and passenger at back feels good. Few things that I don’t like · Bottle holders : I like things to be well placed , and no bottle holders in door means I have to keep those under seat , that’s annoying sometimes . · Costly service : Rear wiper and wiper arm costed me 662 rs , and 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] service costed 6200 rs , its high , atleast for me its costly . · Steering height: The steering is way too high even at its lowest position and no reach adjustments . · Plastics: plastic on intyeriors is fine , but plastic outside near wipers area is so bad that it cant be cleaned properly without extreme efforts , same is with ORVM mounting plastic quality . · ICE : Head unit is pathetic , I wish if its possible to change it without spoiling the looks , means changing from inside only . User equalizer is also boring one just flat . Song can’t be forwarded with steering controls. · Gears: 1[SUP]st[/SUP] gear is hopeless , it loses 3 seconds if we try to go 0-100kmph , 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] gear is very useful in city traffic , but overall gear shifting and ratios are not good. · Tool kit : all bolts can be opened with L key Or 8 mouthed tool. And no tool is provided in the kit for emergency purpose 2nd service Bill Poor Headlamps : Throw of headlamps is poor , its insufficeint , fog lamps are ok , Planning to upgrade to 4300k xenon bulbs , need some suggestions and reviews for same. ACCESSORIES Accessories Put so far includes Components of Infinity Ref and Polk db 6501 Powered with JBL GTO1004 amplifier . One JBL bass tube . Nice system to be heard inside . Other is window curtains , since films are banned , I bought Hyundai OEM window curtains of Verna , costed 2500 rs Changed tyres from good year to MRF zylo to COntinental cpc2 , MRF were very noisy Few random Pics I feel different from others Being owner of Punto , i somehow like when someone out of jealousy say that it has bad after sales etc etc , thing is i m enjoying my car to the fullest and care for it . Resonant as always with nature's colour's, music and even out of its arid and bleak Image Punto carved out immortal motifs , legends , stories, images in me. It fertilized pschye of journeyman in me , deeply embedded and rooted in tradition. Emotional attachment can be understood or interpreted at different levels. Changing oil , air filter and fuel filter every 7000 kms apart from regular washing are the things i do to take care of car . Big up to Team Fiat whose forums and members didn't let my desire to buy Punto go down .