God has blessed me with my first car that too in my favorite Car Brand Fiat.My quest for owning a car starts back from my school days . i was very fascinated about cars and driving. My need for car increased after my marriage , more than me , the family needed a safe car. This time i have to decide with one car for my family. I set my budget - around 8-8.5 Lakhs. took my wife to almost all the showrooms in Coimbatore & Bangalore. The showrooms we didnt go are Toyota - not many cars on my budget , Tata - a BIG no , VW - not many recommendations from my friends . Honda - Compromised for mileage . 2012 Honda city was lot better than current one. What we liked initially: Skoda Rapid: Solid Build . The dealer promised upto 1 lakh discount for 2015 model. even then the on road price was around 9.6 Lakhs. Figo Aspire: It is a good looking car. But i feel Ford has compromised / Indianized the car with lighter sheet of metal. not the same build as Ford Ikon/ Ford Fiesta classic. but it was one of the cars we shortlisted. I20: Stunner. Loads of features . but my friends in Automobile industry didn't recommend it for Hefty service bills and under powered petrol engine . Diesel one is heavily priced for no reason. I dindt go to FIAT showroom as my wife initially didnt like the brand ,a total shame on my likes. One of my cousins has got Punto EVO 4-5 months back . One of my best friends have Grande punto , he was strongly recommending punto evo as well. i loved Punto from its launch time since its family decision i didnt take them to FIAT showroom. somehow from my heart i knew , i will finalize Punto evo Day has come , we have decided to make a cash advance to Figo aspire . on the way we stopped at FIAT showroom . The game has changed. i liked in and out of Evo Since its launch . My wife had a look she said ok, will go home and decide. went home after hours and hours of convincing Punto EVO came out as Car to be from nowhere Dealership experience: CAI -FIAT from Coimbatore . when i entered inside the showroom , i was looking more punto pure ala Grande Puntos and old Lienea. One Evo , One Abarth and one new Liena. most of the angles all looked same they started asking what i am looking for . I said FIAT punto sportivo . they mentioned that model has been stopped. i asked if they have flat discounts . i showed some newspaper reference. They said there is a flat 40k discount for Punto Evo emotion Diesel . i said my brother has worked in FIAT before , he has brought an evo 4 months back with a decent discounts. Then they asked the reference details . Next day they have confirmed me they can give max of 50K discount. the ORP will be 8.18 L with Mudflaps and floor mats as the freebie. The sales person was very supportive , since i stay in Bangalore i cant do most of my paper work by travelling too often to Coimbatore. He has been visiting my home back and collecting all the docs and made a smoother process. The guys in marketing gave me a regular followups , feedbacks. surprised to hear the promises of the service costs will be as equal to Marutis. About the car: Tuscan wine Punto EVO. Diesel Emotion 75 hp . i am a sedate driver , follows the rule book very seriously , so 75 is enough , though 90 hp is another 30 k more. i loved every bit of the car. Sapce: Just about adequate for the family , not every one is 6 foot tall & not every one is over sized. Boot size is more than adequate for the family needs. Safety: indeed it is one of the most safest in this segment. ABS + EBD + dual Airbag + 1.2 ton kerb weight makes it very sturdy . Braking is top notch. Handling: Excellent handling , again one of the best in this segment. i simply loved the hydraulic power steering , loads of feedback. real pleasure to drive. I loved the 3rd Gear , you can use it like an automatic gear , you can zip around , slow down . just a gear down in 2nd , fit for slow moving traffic. I have driven Swift , Amaze , i20 older version & Alto before . but Punto Evo is world of difference. Clutch is very smooth, gear is pretty cool Mileage: i am not a Mileage person, anything around 12-15 kmpl should work for me. Aftermarket stuffs i added: Sun film, floor mats , car cover . There is a common saying : People who buys FIAT cars are the ones who has the deeper understanding of the Brand and Cars. May be it is true when i see the sales chart for such a good car. i have only few -ves to say 1- i dont want to compare it with I20 , but touch screen display would have been great 2- at least a reverse parking sensor if not a camera especially for ladies ( Though its a men's car ) Had driven around 30 kms on first day and back to Bangalore. now i need to look for an apartment with car parking ,i really dont want to park it on the roads. till then i will miss my Punto Evo.