Fiat has eliminated the diesel units that are normally found in most mid-sized family sedans, but the newest addition to the Fiat Punto 2018 range has been the TwinAir unit borrowed from the 500. According to our review, the 0.9 liter, two- the cylinder unit worked beautifully and did not feel short of breath as one can imagine.
The highlight of the range is now the non-turbo 77hp version of the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine, which feels solid, fluid and torquey. Pushing away from the lights and the front-drive Fiat Punto 2018 feels much more agile, at least in the lower half of its rev range.
But these remaining gasoline engines are nowhere near as good as the 1.3 Multijet diesel, which was 74 hp and 85 hp, was under the hood. Using a common-rail injection process with up to eight individual cycles, it is exceptionally quiet, vibration-free and, at first glance, features a solid mid-range poke slab, giving the new Fiat better cruising credentials, outstanding performance in gear and decent economy.
The road performance of Punto is rather attractive. The steering is slightly weighted to the rim, but it also gives a feeling of disconnection. Head into a roundabout or a fast turn, and you’re never quite sure where the front wheels are. At speed, the Fiat Punto 2018 is quite difficult to place accurately.
Pushing through a series of turns, the Punto shows a certain degree of lateral grip on the rise, but you do not think you can exploit it because the car runs a reasonable amount and because of the lack of confidence in where is the front. The ride was not half bad, especially on the very poor surfaces near the Balocco Fiat test track. This car is working pretty well.
As far as standard equipment levels are concerned, there are two Pop+ and Easy+. The entry-level model includes air conditioning, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, 15-inch alloy wheels and front power windows, while Easy + adds 16-inch alloys, air conditioning, headlights fog light and a TomTom navigation system.