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Tweaks for 2012 Fiat Punto

The Punto, Fiat’s rival for the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, has been tweaked for 2012, with cleaner, more frugal engines and more generous equipment options. Prices start at £9,900.

Changes include the introduction of the two-cylinder TwinAir engine, which offers 98g/km CO2 emissions. That means free annual VED and congestion charge exemption, coupled with an enjoyable exhaust note and peak power of 85PS. 

The cleanest engine, though, is the 85PS MultiJet 2 diesel. This 1.3-litre engine has the same peak power output as the TwinAir, at 85PS, but with a more useful 200Nm of torque from 1500rpm. Emissions are 90g/km, with EC economy of 80.7mpg on the combined cycle.

There are also two 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol engines – a 105PS version and a turbocharged 135PS version. The latter offers the best performance in the Punto range, with 0-62mph taken care of in 8.5 seconds. Finally, there are 1.2- and 1.4-litre ‘FIRE’ petrol engines, which form the entry point into the range. The 1.4 is the only engine in the Punto range offered with a semi-automatic transmission.

Five trim levels are offered, from entry-level ‘Pop’ to the top-of-the-range ‘Lounge’. Mid-spec Easy trim is expected to be the best seller, and it offers alloy wheels, remote central locking, air conditioning and heated mirrors. The top-spec Lounge gets a different interior trim, climate control, cruise control and ambient interior lighting. Those who want a sporty look will choose the GBT, with lowered suspension, privacy glass, spoiler and side-skirts.

Prices start at £9,900 for the entry level Pop 3-door, rising to £12,700 for the TwinAir 5-door. Those who want a diesel can get one from £11,900. The 'warm' 135PS MultiAir 3-door is £15,200.

Road Test and Video of 2012 FIAT Punto TwinAir

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