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Is the original Punto's driving spark back in this much improved model? Well, it depends on which variant you are driving.
There's the entry-level 8-valve 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol models, with Dualogic semi-automatic gearbox offered as an option on the 1.4.
Further up the range the Fiat is equipped with the brand's award-winning two cylinder 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol engine.
This confection is a little noisy but not without its appeal, particularly as it's mated here to a six-speed manual gearbox.
More surprises lie further up the petrol-powered range, where Fiat's clever MultiAir technology features in a normally aspirated 1.4-litre engine developing 105bhp.
DESIGN AND BUILD
Italian design always has been and always should be about style.
The very first Punto was no great looker but it did have a cheeky charm that small families loved.
The MK2 model was smarter and more sophisticated but one of Fiat's finest moments came with the introduction of the third generation version, the Grande Punto, in 2005 with its mini-Maserati looks. And it's these that have supplied the inspiration for the car we have here. Redesigned body-coloured bumpers front and rear reprise the clean, effective styling that made the Grande model great.
Take the interior with its revised diamond-embossed dashboard. In actual fact, there wasn't too much wrong with the original design that a better choice of colour, trim and materials wouldn't have put right.
MARKET AND MODEL
This Punto may these days be a relatively minor player in the British supermini sector but Fiat still offers a sprawling range of trim and engine options priced in the usual £10,000 to £15,000 bracket common to most Fiesta and Corsa-class cars. There are four main trim levels — Pop, Easy, GBT and Sporting.
Whichever model you end up deciding upon, the equipment basics should be in evidence.
That means electric front windows, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a trip computer, remote central locking, daytime running lights and an MP3-compatible CD stereo.
So, over two decades and eight and a half million sales on from the launch of Fiat's original Punto, this is where we've ended up.
And although much has changed, much too has also remained the same. Just like the 1993 original, there's still a cool class-less character here that usually evades most mainstream superminis.
Fiat, I think, have done enough for you to give this car a second look. Try one and you might be glad you did.