Some friend told me last night that out of around 65000-70000 linea+Punto sold in last 3 yrs, not even 1 accidental death has been reported. I doubt it although i have seen tens of Punto/Linea's deformed by trucks in auto-forums with owners escaping alive & well. In one case, a Tata lorry full of marble stones was literally resting on Linea with half of the car hidden under lorry & cabin inside was fresh like it has just been polished. The owner, his wife & son came out of the car scratch less. Impossible & unbelievable!! I am sure other cars (whatever make or class) would have had their owners lifeless before a Cyanide could do:mrgreen:. The reason is simple "class exclusive forged Front & side impact beams" that even heaviest of trucks would struggle to bend. Remember, i haven't read the security point so far being in your considerations & it's your first drive. Sorry but you should consider it too. I have very high regards for these cars. You would find the rear seats a bit cramped despite of bigger size of FIAT cars, You know why? That is to keep the driver outside beam zone which would absorb the max. impact & for that, they had to make such a massive dashboard (how else you would keep the driver outside impact zone??). Dashboard is almost 50-60% bigger to all it's competitors. Huge raked wind-shield to give best aerodynamics with a cabin of a ship feeling. Yes it keep car's bonnet away from vision but given the advantages, it's more than justified. I personally love it for driving. Don't compare other aspects of Punto with any other car, it simply plays in it's own box, a different league. People pay premium for other cars because of waiting, i am not going to buy them at half of their prize even they deliver it at my door step. I don't want to die horribly like ran-over dog on the road:mrgreen:. In all other makes driver sits so close to front windshield (especially in new crapidic Verna:mrgreen like the steering is bolted directly on windshield. That is an instantaneous death even in case of some moderate impact. From driving point of view, you get a feeling that you are running ahead to your car:mrgreen: reaching the destination ahead of your car. Speed masking is wonderful in FIAT vehicles. If you still in doubt, don't fight yourself. As you commented above, you are not missing anything. Pls don't waste any more time & just grab a Ford Icon TDCI before some-one else take it:mrgreen: It's a steal at whatever prize you mentioned. Goodbye & wish you luck for your new drive.