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Fiat Punto Evo 1.4 Active £159

posted on Apr 30 2010 by Gary Shapland

Fiat Punto Evo 1.4 Active £159

You can lease either through your business or as an individual, this superb newly launched Fiat Punto Evo 1.4 Active from as little as £159pcm+VAT based on a 3 year lease agreement with a profile of 3+35. Other models of Fiat Punto Evo are available for leasing so please contact us for a quotation.

This is the latest Fiat Punto Evo you see all over the Tv right now. It is reworked and comprehensively facelifted version of the Grande Punto with a raft of modifications to help it compete in the bulging supermini segment. Let's get one thing straight from the start and that is the 'Evo' bit has nothing to do with performance, so calm down hot hatch fans (there'll be an Abarth Punto along for you in due course.)

The 'Evo' stands for evolution and is all to do with the process of modernisation that Fiat has put the Grande Punto through to make it into this cosmetically and technically enhanced model. The biggest changes are under the bonnet where revolutionary new engines - known as MutliAir petrols and MultiJet diesels - have been introduced. These are not only super-efficient but have more power than their capacity suggests. The high-end 1.4-litre turbo petrol produces an impressive 133bhp yet returns close to 60mpg.

We suspect it's going to be the 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel with 93bhp is expected to be the biggest seller, and this motor can return a massive 67.3mpg. That's possible because it uses a revolutionary new common rail injection process, with eight individual cycles. Without doubt it's the engine that best suits the Punto Evo, offering smooth, reasonably quiet and fuss-free progress. Extra bits of jewellery like LED running lights and a new honeycomb front grille have been added to enhance the Punto Evo's look, but otherwise the Grande Punto's sleek and neat silhouette remains unchanged.

Quality has been a big and much needed focus point here though, particularly in the cabin, which has been refitted with plusher textiles and more equipment, including an integrated TomTom system with Blue&Me multimedia as an option. This allows MP3 playback from a USB stick or iPod. A flimsy cabin was one of the biggest complaints customers had with the Grande Punto in the 2008 JD Power survey (where it placed a disappointing 92nd out of 100) and is something Fiat has worked hard to successfully fix here.

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