OP Ed: Why the Fiat Punto Evo is the hottest hatchback in India today

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Well, in India, a hot hatchback isn’t your asphalt scraping, 290hp Golf R with genuine carbon fiber bits and pieces. What we have here are asthma patients calling themselves Usain Bolt. A spoiler here, a skirt there, along with the mandatory racy graphics is supposedly enough to validate their performance credentials. The circumstances are such, but there are still a handful of decently performing hatchbacks in the country that will titillate just a tiny bit of the desperate Indian enthusiast.

2014 Punto Evo night (3)

The Fiat Punto Evo promises to clear up the mess that Fiat India had been swarming in- the poor boys from Italy were just all over the place. They say a lot of valuable customer feedback has gone into making the new Punto Evo a better-rounded machine- and it works!  The Punto’s character is all about winning hearts. It ain’t here to start a sales storm, and more than anyone else, Fiat India knows it.

From Italy, with snob

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I mean seriously, why would anybody even care about the mundane Marutis that have contributed majorly to the untimely demise  of many a car enthusiast? The Punto Evo looks searing hot amidst other Indian fare, especially with the new color palette.  Those authentic Italian curves can easily make the likes of the measured Polo and the oddball Swift break into cold sweat, while those Italian lips kiss them goodbye. The extra dollops of chrome on the Evo might not strike a chord with some, but we love it. If the Polo goes around in a well tailored suit, the Punto has swag!

Torquey Trail

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The 90HP diesel version is the most powerful in its class, at least on paper. The petrol variants are a bunch of wheezing calamities which is a bit of a let down.  The trusty diesel offers good performance across its rev band.  In fact, after the premature demise of the Volkswagen Polo GT TDi and TSi variants, the Punto Evo appears to be the clear winner. However, the freshly launched ones stole the game somewhat, and so did the Avventura (read review here).

Bend it like Balotelli

2014 Punto Evo India review (7)

Puntos have always been dynamically sorted. The steering offers valuable feedback while the suspension is well composed and allows generous amounts of spirited driving making the Punto Evo fun around corners, enough to keep that enthusiasts’ grin plastered for a long time.

At the moment, the Punto Evo’s the most obvious enthusiasts’ choice- no two ways about it. The performance, dynamics and looks all come together and hit the sweet spot. Folks with an enthusiastic bent of mind look no further- the Punto Evo is the undisputed hot hatchback in the country today. Italian flair always wins hearts.

I can totally understand if you don’t concur with me here. It’s an opinion, and I have a right to it. Do let me know if you disagree, though, and I would be happy to put forth a stronger argument. Bouquets, brickbats – bring them all on!

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  • turboss says:

    Ayan: Buddy with regards to everything you mentioned in the above mentioned post, I respectfully agree. But then, I do have only one complaint against FIAT which is that they tampered with their timeless design which was so beautiful and so understated. I mean I am quite furious now with the fact that is trying to do a Hyundai rather than doing what it used to do the best. This Punto will be old in 6 months. But one fine day, (I believe) you will catch a glimpse of the older Punto and feel “Damn, why isn’t this feeling the age..??”

  • SS says:

    Ayan — Do you feel that the 1.3 Multijet mill (even the 90 HP) is good enough for the performance enthusiast? Or, the 1.4 Petrol is a better bet when it comes to sustained 120+ speeds? Agreed that Punto is dynamically accomplished but does any of the engines do justice to the sorted chassis and steering? Performance for an average driver is how the car builds speed and reliably eats up the highway miles when fully loaded. Even a Nano is brilliant in the city. And what about Fiat’s aftermarket support? Is that good enough to support this decent product since it’s one aspect which is as important as a good car.

  • DK says:

    very good article and no wonder they say,” there are other cars and there is fiat “