Take a Punto
FIAT is very good at small cars, especially this one, the Punto supermini. It's a model that's rather drifted off the radar for buyers in this segment in recent years but with the revised version we're looking at here, its appeal seems to have been rejuvenated with almost all of the important boxes ticked.
There's enough advanced engineware beneath the bonnet to satisfy the more demanding technophobe, so running costs are right up with class leaders who haven't anything to match the headline powerplant, a 0.9-litre TwinAir unit needing only two cylinders to develop a revvy 84bhp. The interior at last has a sheen of quality to it. And the styling too has been tweaked for return to chic, cheeky looks that are reminiscent of the original. It's all enough to create a car that needs no apology, no 'Grande' or 'Evo' preface to its name, no desperate dealer offers. Once again sold simply as a 'Fiat Punto', it is at last the kind of car you'd expect two decades of development to have been able to create. Which is just as well for it must compete against a whole range of more fashionable higher profile supermini rivals.