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Fiat Punto Dynamic JTD (2007)

by Russell Manning,reviewed April 2007

Punto is the first Fiat passenger car in Australia in nearly 20 years.

This Dynamic model, with turbo-diesel engine and five-speed manual transmission, claims a stunning 4.6 litres/100 km fuel consumption.

However, the car’s credentials are undermined by modest performance, a clunky gearshift and dire low-speed tractability.

It’s better on the highway where, with turbo boost, it proves adequate. Watch the hills though, as it quickly runs out of puff.

Punto handles capably and is well equipped, particularly in safety terms. It has a five-star EuroNCAP crash rating.

There is some engine drone, while interior trims are a concern in an otherwise well-built vehicle.

The biggest question mark relates to value. Its price is high.

Fiat Punto Dynamic JTD 2007

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Car Details

Vehicle make Fiat
Vehicle model Punto Dynamic JTD
Vehicle type Light Over $20,000
Year 2007
Price when new $22,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 1.2-litre, 4-cyl. turbo-diesel
Max power 66 kW @ 4000 rpm
Max torque 200Nm @ 1750 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h .3 secs
Braking from 80 km/h 24.6 m
Capacity (ADR FIGURE): 4.6 litres/100 km

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.