Low running costs thanks to economical engines, impressive MultiAir petrols, neat styling inside and out, good levels of standard kit, comes with a driver's knee airbag.
Overly firm ride, gear change not positive enough, too expensive.
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It may have a new name but the Fiat Punto Evo is essentially an 'evolved' version of the Fiat Grande Punto which was launched in 2006. That's not a bad thing though - the Grande Punto is a good hatchback that's fun to drive and good value - and the Fiat Punto Evo builds on that.
The most obvious changes are on the outside where it gets a front end inspired by the funky Fiat 500. It certainly gives it a softer appearance compared to the Grande Punto although the styling does seem to divide opinion. There are changes on the inside too with a redesigned dash and a better quality feel.
But the biggest changes come under the bonnet. There are new petrol and diesel engines which focus on economy and efficiency but not at the expense of performance. All the engines use a start/stop system to reduced fuel consumption when sitting in traffic and this has real benefits for the MultiJet diesels which can average more than 65mpg.
Refinement has been improved, so the Punto Evo is quieter on the motorway and it's an easy and enjoyable car to drive. The one letdown is an overly firm ride which is especially noticeable on models with larger wheel, but this doesn't detract too much from what is a very likeable hatchback.