It was 2012, when a friend of mine decided to buy a hatchback. As it was I was free, I test drove with him. We drove the beat, Figo and micra. I loved the Figo, with the sensible steering, space in offer. But only issue was the absence of quite a few goodies even in the top variant. My friend went ahead and bought the Beat and I started thinking about getting the Figo. A school friend of mine had just returned from Bangalore after a successful stint with Honda and was waiting to join Air India. Oneday during our regular discussion about cars (both of us share the same prem) he told me have you considered the GP. Although I did thought about the Punto and the Polo but at that time investing a lakh more for the base variant was not possible. Then late 2012 I got married and the plan of owning the Figo was kept in the upper shelf. However the Punto Bug had bitten me by then. Every time when we met we used to discuss how beautiful the Punto looks and how the NACP ratings are. How the swift got a fibre tank and a curb weight less than 100 kgs than a Punto et all. Our love for Punto was a topic of discussion for our other friends.I read a lot about cars and noone who drives a FIAT gave a bad rating. This loyalty was the driving force for my love. Cut to 2015 and a significant job change later, I was about to welcome a new member to our family. My baby girl. While my wife was pregnant my parent had been at our place in Kolkata and I had our Wagon R at my disposal. The need for a car was realised pretty soon and my wife who was against the idea of owning a car before a property suddenly gave me the green signal. The budget after a lot of deliberation was settled to 6lacs. Although I am a FIAT fan boy. ( My wife did knew that), but she liked the Amaze. Given our budget we could only afford the base of amaze in a white or silver. Rejected right away. Then the Jazz released on July 8th. So the choice was narrowed down to 1. Punto 2. I20 3. Jazz 4. Figo. 5. Polo Didn't consider any maruti car for obvious reasons. Test drove all. In my opinion penning down the reasons for rejecting the last 4. 5. Polo - although many like the look, I didn't find the ingress egress easy. I am 6 feet. It was very difficult. 4. Figo- desperately needs a face lift and gen change. 3. Jazz - awesome. Outside our budget. The colour sunset orange only comes from S variant. And in Kolkata its almost 7 lacs. 2. I20 - looks amazing. But couldn't generate confidence while I was inside. Also I had hard time getting the perfect seating position. So, its the Punto. Test drove it on 17th. Booked the same day. Finance cleared on 24th and now I am eagerly waiting for my HOT HATCH in red.