Superminis can be stylish and fun and great value. So which is best? The Italian or the Spaniard?
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.
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.
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%*
Warranty Direct Rating: Above Average
* – failure rate
Average Repair Cost: £367.69
Warranty Direct Rating: Below Average
* Failure rate