Hatchback is no longer available for sale in the UK and production has ceased; a replacement is unlikely

The Fiat Punto has been taken off sale in the UK as production of the model has ended, 13 years after its introduction. 

A replacement for the supermini looks unlikely; instead, the space freed up at the company's plant in Melfi, Italy, will be utilised for a second Maserati SUV, as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles attempts to ramp up the luxury brand's sales figures. 

In its final year on sale, the Punto gained infamy for becoming the first car to receive a zero-star rating from crash safety body Euro NCAP.

The recently discontinued Punto was the third iteration of the model. It originally went on sale in 2005 as the Grande Punto, was facelifted and renamed the Punto Evo in 2009 and then reverted to the original Punto name with a second update in 2012.

It was decided that a new Punto wouldn't be a wise move by late FCA boss Sergio Marchionne following the 2008 economic downturn.

Post-Punto, Fiat will concentrate even more upon its 500 sales spinner, with a 500e electric car - the brand’s first - and a 500 Giardinera small estate on the way for the next-generation city car, which is due in 2019.

Our Verdict

Fiat Punto

Decently spacious for a supermini, with a good range of engines, but the Punto's driving dynamics are less-than beguiling

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7 August 2018

Interestingly the Vauxhall Corsa is based on the same platform as the Fiat Punto.

Even the windscreen & side glass up to the b-posts are identical!!! Vauxhall will have managed to get another year out of it because it's PSA Corsa replacement won't be with us until 2019.

7 August 2018
jagdavey wrote:

Interestingly the Vauxhall Corsa is based on the same platform as the Fiat Punto.  Even the windscreen & side glass up to the b-posts are identical!!!

I never knew that!

7 August 2018

It's like they've given up the fight to build decent cars other one with 500 in the name

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FMS

8 August 2018
xxxx wrote:

It's like they've given up the fight to build decent cars other one with 500 in the name

 

xxxx=zzzz the illiterate keyboard warrior, tilting at non-existant windmills again...do you mean...other "than the" one...

 

What does "It's like" mean in this context?. Do you not then actually mean they have "given up the fight"?. Do you mean something similar and if so, why do you not simply state what that is?. TWIT.

 

According to you, with your all encompassing knowledge of the automotive world, the Panda is an abject failure, despite being in continuous production for many world markets, since 1980 and is just coming to the end of it's life in MKIII guise, new MKIV due 2019.

 

Empty headed TWIT that you are...get off that mouldy sofa, get a job, come off benefits and stay away from the keyboard, at least until you have reached the dizzy heights of primary school year 3 comprehension of english. TWIT.

 

What automotive wonder car have you bought, that the rest of us are denied and which seemingly enables you to foolishly name call everything else on wheels?. TWIT

8 August 2018
FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

It's like they've given up the fight to build decent cars other one with 500 in the name

 

xxxx=zzzz the illiterate keyboard warrior, tilting at non-existant windmills again...do you mean...other "than the" one...

 

What does "It's like" mean in this context?. Do you not then actually mean they have "given up the fight"?. Do you mean something similar and if so, why do you not simply state what that is?. TWIT.

 

According to you, with your all encompassing knowledge of the automotive world, the Panda is an abject failure, despite being in continuous production for many world markets, since 1980 and is just coming to the end of it's life in MKIII guise, new MKIV due 2019.

 

Empty headed TWIT that you are...get off that mouldy sofa, get a job, come off benefits and stay away from the keyboard, at least until you have reached the dizzy heights of primary school year 3 comprehension of english. TWIT.

 

What automotive wonder car have you bought, that the rest of us are denied and which seemingly enables you to foolishly name call everything else on wheels?. TWIT

This is true GOLD! I have been asking him for ages what he drives but never get a response. Just that his father in law I believe has an A3 and that's all I can gather from the posts! Get him on the subject of VW cars and watch him go off on one!...especially if it's diesel! But you will see mild praise for some VW models whilst utter absolute hatred for others and you can't understand why! No point asking Autocar to block him sadly as he'll just come back under another guise! So once again, xxxx...what do you drive?!

9 August 2018
AddyT wrote:

FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

It's like they've given up the fight to build decent cars other one with 500 in the name

 

xxxx=zzzz the illiterate keyboard warrior, tilting at non-existant windmills again...do you mean...other "than the" one...

 

What does "It's like" mean in this context?. Do you not then actually mean they have "given up the fight"?. Do you mean something similar and if so, why do you not simply state what that is?. TWIT.

 

According to you, with your all encompassing knowledge of the automotive world, the Panda is an abject failure, despite being in continuous production for many world markets, since 1980 and is just coming to the end of it's life in MKIII guise, new MKIV due 2019.

 

Empty headed TWIT that you are...get off that mouldy sofa, get a job, come off benefits and stay away from the keyboard, at least until you have reached the dizzy heights of primary school year 3 comprehension of english. TWIT.

 

What automotive wonder car have you bought, that the rest of us are denied and which seemingly enables you to foolishly name call everything else on wheels?. TWIT

This is true GOLD! I have been asking him for ages what he drives but never get a response. Just that his father in law I believe has an A3 and that's all I can gather from the posts! Get him on the subject of VW cars and watch him go off on one!...especially if it's diesel! But you will see mild praise for some VW models whilst utter absolute hatred for others and you can't understand why! No point asking Autocar to block him sadly as he'll just come back under another guise! So once again, xxxx...what do you drive?!

Several cars and motorbikes actually although it's got nothing to do with you!! Why don't you ASK EVERYONE WHAT THEY DRIVE.  Still upset over the fall of diesel sales and losing to  many arguments are we?  

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

9 August 2018

Probably never driven a car let alone owned one :)

9 August 2018
FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

It's like they've given up the fight to build decent cars other one with 500 in the name

 

xxxx=zzzz the illiterate keyboard warrior, tilting at non-existant windmills again...do you mean...other "than the" one...

 

What does "It's like" mean in this context?. Do you not then actually mean they have "given up the fight"?. Do you mean something similar and if so, why do you not simply state what that is?. TWIT.

 

According to you, with your all encompassing knowledge of the automotive world, the Panda is an abject failure, despite being in continuous production for many world markets, since 1980 and is just coming to the end of it's life in MKIII guise, new MKIV due 2019.

 

Empty headed TWIT that you are...get off that mouldy sofa, get a job, come off benefits and stay away from the keyboard, at least until you have reached the dizzy heights of primary school year 3 comprehension of english. TWIT.

 

What automotive wonder car have you bought, that the rest of us are denied and which seemingly enables you to foolishly name call everything else on wheels?. TWIT

You're so sad.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FM8

10 August 2018
xxxx wrote:

FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

It's like they've given up the fight to build decent cars other one with 500 in the name

 

xxxx=zzzz the illiterate keyboard warrior, tilting at non-existant windmills again...do you mean...other "than the" one...

 

What does "It's like" mean in this context?. Do you not then actually mean they have "given up the fight"?. Do you mean something similar and if so, why do you not simply state what that is?. TWIT.

 

According to you, with your all encompassing knowledge of the automotive world, the Panda is an abject failure, despite being in continuous production for many world markets, since 1980 and is just coming to the end of it's life in MKIII guise, new MKIV due 2019.

 

Empty headed TWIT that you are...get off that mouldy sofa, get a job, come off benefits and stay away from the keyboard, at least until you have reached the dizzy heights of primary school year 3 comprehension of english. TWIT.

 

What automotive wonder car have you bought, that the rest of us are denied and which seemingly enables you to foolishly name call everything else on wheels?. TWIT

You're so sad.

Sad! Coming from xxxx who can't even tell us all what THEY drive. TWIT. You've made me swear again you foolish, illiterate individual... Got to go now, mother says it's time for bed.

7 August 2018

Long overdue, its well past its sell by date and was never any good, sadly. But it still looks good, thanks to Italdesign. There really should be a replacement though.

XXXX just went POP.

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Our Verdict

Fiat Punto

Decently spacious for a supermini, with a good range of engines, but the Punto's driving dynamics are less-than beguiling

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