After introducing the Abarth 500 model, Fiat India has now rolled two more products in the country powered by Abarth. One of these is the much hyped Fiat Punto Abarth , which is a hatchback. It is based on the same platform on which, the Punto Evo is designed. This version draws power from the 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine, which is also under the hood of its Linea sedan. However, the firm has attuned this power plant to increase its output to 145bhp, which is insane for 1368cc mill. This helps the vehicle to travel 1 kilometer in just 30.4 seconds only. This is perhaps the only engine option that the company is offering for now. It looks pretty much alike the existing hatchback model, but the exclusive cosmetic package distinguishes it from the rest. Even after having the brand Abarth characteristics, it has been introduced at a very competitive price tag enabling it to give tough times for the likes of Volkswagen Polo GT TSI. There is no wonder if this powerful hatchback gains the upper hand over the others, since it has everything to meet the requirements of power-starved enthusiasts in India. This is perhaps the first car in the sub 10-lakh segment to have disc braking mechanism for all wheels, which balances its immense power capabilities.
As we can see through the images, there are quite a few cosmetic add-ons given to its exteriors like body decals and signature alloy wheels and other sporty features. The interiors are in black color scheme highlighted by ambient lighting scheme on the dashboard. Adding to this, the analogue gauges have red dials that further emphasizes its sporty aura. As for the features, this model gets all the facilities and equipment borrowed from Punto EVO hatchback along with a few other add-ons. To start with the safety department, it has a reinforced body structure with impact protection mechanism for ensuring occupants safety. Besides all this, there are features like airbags with early crash sensors, ABS with EBD, fire prevention system, 3-point seatbelts, central locking, immobilizer and other major protective functions. This version also gets comfort facilities like an automatic air conditioning unit, height adjustable driver's seat, power windows, electrically adjustable ORVMs and numerous other functions. As for the cabin space, this hatchback is designed to accommodate a total of five passengers. The seats inside have an ergonomic design, which is essential for experiencing comfort while driving. We can also see that there is a multi-functional steering wheel wrapped in leather and is affixed with 'Abarth' insignia. Moving on to the entertainment section, there is an integrated CD/MP3 player along with an FM radio. Accompanied with these are the connectivity features like Bluetooth, USB and AUX-In which enhances the conveniences inside.
There are several plus points about this vehicle and its external styling is certainly its key highlight. Although, it looks to be the same like its sibling hatchback, its brand Abarth's cosmetic package is what renders it a outstanding look. Currently, this hatchback is available in black and white exterior paint options. Additionally, its body is decorated with red colored decals that enhances its dynamic appeal. This is indeed a perfect color combination for any vehicle in the sports arena. To begin with the side profile, its door panels have these decals in the lower section with Abarth lettering on it. Here, the door handles are painted in body color, while outside rear view mirrors are in dual color (red and black). They are also integrated with side turn indicator for added elegance and safety. The neatly crafted wheel arches are mated to a set of signature alloy wheels, which have 'Abarth' emblem on them. Moving on to its rear end, it looks pretty attractive owing to its distinctive set of taillights. They have LED look alike brake lights, which amplifies this facet. The rear bumper is in body color with a pair of reflectors. Additionally, there are chrome accents surrounding these reflectors, enhancing its perfect build. This hatchback looks much aggressive from its front facade, thanks to its bold headlight cluster, which houses powerful lamps along with turn blinkers. The radiator grille in the center is has a thick chrome surround. Furthermore, there are red accents on the strips inside this grille that flaunts a sporty silhouette. The bumper below has a smaller air intake section, but the fog lamp console are big and has a thick metallic surround. Its overall look is complimented by the 'Abarth' logo, which is positioned on top of the hood.
As expected, this hatchback is introduced in the sub 4-meter segment with a total length measuring 3989mm. It has a width of 1687mm and a total height of about 1505mm. Its minimum ground clearance is just about 155mm. However, the overall wheelbase of this hatchback is 2510mm, which is good enough for having comfortable cabin space.
This “hottest hatch” of India (as stated by the company), can certainly impress customers with its attractive interiors. The manufacturer has chosen a sporty all black color scheme for its insides. Furthermore, there is an ambient lighting given on the dashboard that compliments well with the insides. Its cockpit has a contemporary design featuring metallic finish in few areas that brings a rich appeal. There is a three spoke steering wheel, which has tilt adjustment facility. Also, it is wrapped with a fine quality leather and have a few switches mounted on it. The 'Abarth' instrument cluster is one of its highlights and design of its center console also matches with the entire setup. Seating arrangement is quite good and comfortable too owing to its ergonomic design. They are properly cushioned for added comfort. What makes it look different from others is the combination of contrasting red and yellow stitching on the seat covers. Aluminum foot pedals, inside rear view mirror, accessory socket and power operated windows are some of the utilities.
This brand has always taken care about the passenger comfort in all its models, and this one is no exception. One of the main facility that it comes with is the fully automatic climate control unit featuring a foot level air circulating vents for rear. This helps to spread the air evenly in the entire cabin to make a pleasant environment inside. Also, there might be an integrated audio system that lets its occupants to enjoy their favorite music whenever required. The speed sensing volume controls are also provided inside for added convenience. Not to forget that the seats can provide enhanced comfort and support all through the journey. Moreover, the driver's seat also has height adjustment facility and lumbar support too. One of the main facility inside the cabin is the advanced instrument cluster with a few functions included. Some of these are digital clock, odometer, trip meter, distance to empty indicator, fuel consumption display, and real time mileage indicator as well. In addition to these, stuff like tinted glasses, storage spaces on door trims, cup and bottle holders, assist grips and vanity mirror integrated sunvisors are also present in this hatchback. Furthermore, the aspects such as electric boot release, large glove box compartment, tilt adjustable steering wheel and electrically adjustable outside mirrors assist in improving the comfort levels to a great extent.
The dimensions seem to be just perfect with ample head and shoulder room. The leg space too looks very sufficient. The boot volume is also good and the rear seat aids in making more room for luggage.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
After going through its power figures, we can expect that this vehicle to be good at acceleration. The manufacturer claims that the vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph mark in mere 8.8 seconds and can travel from 0 to 1 kilometer in just 30.4 seconds only. As for maximum speed, it can clock about 180 to 190 Kmph.
Engine and Performance
As we expected earlier, this latest hatchback has arrived with a 1.4-litre, T-Jet petrol engine fitted under its bonnet. This is a turbocharged motor, which is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission gear box that distributes power to its front wheels. This drive train comprises of 4-cylinders and 16-valves altogether making a total displacement capacity of 1368cc. It is also incorporated with a multi point fuel injection system for optimum power output and performance. It has the ability to churn out a maximum power of 145bhp at 5500rpm and yields a peak torque output of 212Nm between 2000 to 4000rpm. This mill is claimed to return a fuel economy of about 16.13 Kmpl.
This sensational product draws the power from a 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine, whose capabilities are boosted to improve power output. However, this doesn't seem to have affected its fuel efficiency, as it is claimed to give a mileage of approximately 16.3 Kmpl (as per ARAI).
Power of Fiat Abarth Punto
Like mentioned above, the Italian automobile firm has tuned this 1368cc power plant enabling it to generate more power. As a result of this, it is able to churn out 145bhp of maximum power along with 212Nm of hammering torque.
Stereo & Accessories
Packed with this powerful hatchback is a sophisticated in-car entertainment that comprises of various equipment. To start with, there is a CD/MP3 player along with an AM/FM radio tuner. Besides, there are USB and auxiliary input options, which provides added convenience to the occupants. It also has Bluetooth connectivity for music streaming and voice connection. It also features an SMS readout facility as well as speed sensing volume controls. Aside from these, the controls for audio system have been placed on the steering wheel, which makes it easy to operate the audio system.
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Braking & Handling
Compared to the existing Punto EVO hatch, this latest model might have a lowered suspension, which eventually improves its handling characteristics. As for the front axle, there is an independent wheel type of suspension accompanied with torsion beam suspension at the rear. Both the axles are further loaded with helical coil springs and double acting telescopic dampers and stabilizer bars for making the drive jerk-free. As for the braking, all the four wheels have been assembled with a robust set of disc brakes, which are necessary for this powerful hatch. This mechanism is assisted by the anti lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution, which makes cornering stress-free and more safe. Also, it has a hydraulic power assisted steering column that is good at offering response, depending upon the speed level.
Safety & Security
This Italian automaker seems to have packed this stunner with some crucial safety function to guarantee a secure ride to its passengers. One of those features are the dual front airbags with early crash sensors, which takes the safety to the next level. It also has the ABS along with EBD, which is important for this kind of a hatchback. Its engine immobilizer with rolling code is also integrated to this vehicle that helps to prevent any kind of unauthorized access. Not to forget, it has a robust body structure with impact protection beams and crumple zones to reduce the risk of injury. The instrument panel too aids in alerting the driver by giving out necessary updates likes seat belt warning light and programmable speed limit buzzer. A few other such safety features are also provided inside like 3-point seat belts, automatic door locks, high mount stop lamp, front passenger airbag deactivation, central door locking, fire prevention system and height adjustable front seatbelts.
This latest Punto Abarth has a breathtaking appearance, thanks to its modish set of alloy wheels. These rims are of size 16 inches and in a Scorpion sting design. High performance tubeless tyres of size 195/55 R16 have been adorned to them to ensure a smooth and comfortable driving experience.
1. Acceleration and pickup seem quite good.
2. Stunning exteriors are a visual treat.
3. Incorporates a highly reliable disk braking mechanism.
4. Stylish interiors with a comfortable seating arrangement.
5. Despite of high power output, its fuel economy is good.
1. Its 155mm ground clearance turns out to be a disadvantage.
2. More body paint options could have been offered.
3. Safety standards doesn't seem much advanced.
4. List of features might have to be increased further especially, in terms of comfort.
5. Touchscreen infotainment system could have been given.
Fiat Abarth Punto price
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