Dec 292015






Superminis can be stylish and fun and great value. So which is best? The Italian or the Spaniard?

Why Buy?

The Punto has it all really, looks stylish, is spacious inside, is very sporty to drive and there is lots of standard equipment and safety kit. Built by VW but cheaper is the main appeal, SEAT’s though have a sporty style too, but the handling is not as sharp and ride bumpy.

Which models?

This is the pretty restyled Punto launched in 2006 and made until 2010. All had electric windows, CD player and great brakes, Dynamic model has air con. The revised Seat Ibiza from 2008 has very sharp and distinctive styling and decently equipped. The S model has air conditioning.

Are they reliable?

Both cars are easy to live with and cheap to service, however, the stand out Warranty Direct statistic is the repair costs as the Fiat is significantly cheaper to fix. Electrical issues are always annoying, but the engine problems with SEAT are always going to cost more to sort out.

How much do they cost?

Prices start at around £1800 and that will get a very tidy 2006 1.2 Active model. If you want to spend £4000 and get a very recent 2012 1.2 POP. £2700 buys a 2009 1.4 TDI Ecomotive from a dealer with a warranty. £4000 will get a 1.2 S 5 door with a petrol engine.

Sum Up

Although there is a lot to like about the more modern SEAT, the Warranty Direct figures indicate that the Punto is the better used buy.

Fiat Grande Punto

Average Repair Cost: £212.87

Axle and Suspension: 28.57%*

Electrical: 38.10%*

Steering: 19.05%*

Warranty Direct Rating: Above Average

* – failure rate

SEAT Ibiza 

Average Repair Cost: £367.69

Steering: 21.05*

Electrical: 10.53%*

Engine: 47.37*

Warranty Direct Rating: Below Average

* Failure rate

  One Response to “Used Car Direct with The Reliability Index: Fiat Grande Punto vs SEAT Ibiza”

  1. As a transparent and free data source for the car buyer, the Index provides you with valuable information on the sort of costs you can expect with your car, how frequently it might go wrong and which parts you should expect to go wrong.

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