So I log on today to post my first ever new car ownership review. The Red Avventura came home today after a long wait of 2 months and 5 days. And I see the pathetic sales figure for Feb2015 posted by Fiat. For the life of me, I just do not fathom why people hate this brand so much that they don't touch it with a barge pole. But I fear not, for I have something rare and exotic. It is a head turner and most of all, drives like a friggin dream. The search for a car began from way back in Jun 2014. This car was to be the one for the long drives with family. The main car for our city drives are still to be the Maruti Zen mpfi which serves as a good workhorse but not a good mile cruncher for a family of 5. We nearly booked the Grande Punto 90HP when we say the news that the Evo was coming out. So we decided to wait. Meanwhile, the Polo 1.5 TDi was launched. We nearly booked the Polo 1.5 TDi but seeing the new Punto Evo, we took a TD of it and came away completely confused as the Punto still drove with heart. Finally, with a heavy heart my wife agreed on the Punto. When we went to check the colors in the flesh, the Avventura stood in the showroom grinning at us. My wife loved it at first go and we booked a TD which happened the very next day. Needless to say, the ECU remap in the Avventura was much better than the Punto and the high seating position was very comfortable for my wife. I too loved the ride and its higher GC. We booked it on 31-Dec-14 and multiple delays by the dealer caused it to come after 2 months. No harm, no foul. I live in the Banjara Hills area of Hyderabad which offer some wonderful undulating roads that rise and fall due to the hills. These roads are pure driving pleasure as turns come quickly before you know it. Sharp 90 degree turns at some places. Having taken out the Avventura tonight for a nice 30 km ride, I can confidently say as I type now that the drive was one of the most pleasurable in a long long time. Throwing this car around corners was so much fun. The steering is so precise that it is almost telepathic. And those suspensions, those lovely suspensions soaked in every single pothole with aplomb. Why? Why don't Indians look at Fiat? Today's Feb15 sales saddens me. Things are going from bad to worse for Fiat. A few but large mistakes of the past seem to be eating them up. And to only think that the most successful car companies in India use Fiat engines to shore up sales is such an irony. Talk about the power of a brand. However I digress. Back to the Avvy. I don't care for the Blue & Me because I don't want my car to have my contacts list. The stereo system is fine as it plays from an USB drive which is all I need. The AC works great. The motorised side mirrors are good. The height adjustment for the seat belts is awesome as my wife and I will be driving and they serve both of us well. The split seats are just what we need when transporting luggage. The car has control. I have not experienced such confidence in the ubiquitous i20 or in any Maruti car. This car has character. It is finicky yet charismatic. Removing the rear wheel external cover is a herculean effort. I made the showroom staff open the rear wheel cover for me during the demo today. It took 3 of them to open it and show me the wheel. So if a wheel gets punctured on the highway, I may need a chainsaw to cut open the cover and take out the wheel. Like I said, classic Italian disdain. But all that is forgotten as the roll on times of the car and its linear acceleration steal the limelight. There is no doubt that I have picked up a brand which is a legend in driving. But alas, I also pray that this brand lasts long enough in this idiosyncratic country where herd mentality rules the roost. Hopefully another 10 years so that I can get service and spares? God bless Fiat's fight in India.