What is it?
The reworked Fiat Grande Punto, sampled in full-on ‘Eleganza’ spec, bringing all the trimmings.
Power comes from the 119bhp version of Fiat’s familiar 1.9-litre ‘Multijet’ diesel engine. Eleganza trim adds ESP, cruise control, rain sensing wipers and tasty-looking 16-inch alloys.
There’s a new ‘Blue&Me’ entertainment system now fitted as standard, giving the Punto hands-free phone and MP3 capabilities.
But the most compelling addition is a new, Hyundai-style unlimited mileage five year warranty.
What’s it like?
Copious standard equipment spices up the spacious cabin and makes the Grande Punto feel more upmarket than before. The awkward driving position will present a comfort issue for taller drivers, however.
Adding sharp 16-inch alloys risks compromising ride quality, but we found our test car to be supple enough over most road surfaces.
The familiar 1.9-litre Multijet offers adequate performance, with a useful 206lb ft delivered after 2000rpm. It’ll manage 0-62mph in 10 seconds, and there’s more than enough mid-range urge for decently rapid progress.