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Fiat Punto hatchback (2012-2018) - MPG, running costs & CO2

Old petrol engines mean Fiat Punto can't match more up-to-date rivals' efficiency

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While a diesel engine with excellent fuel economy used to be available, the Punto line-up is now petrol-only. Other running costs won’t be too high, though. Headline prices for the Fiat Punto look really attractive, because the entry-level Pop+ model is priced lower than rivals such as the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Vauxhall Corsa and Mazda2. But it doesn't come with much standard equipment at all, so it's probably best avoided unless you're after seriously basic motoring.

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The below average resale values are where used buyers should definitely consider the Punto. The later Puntos lost half their value after the first two years.

Fiat Punto MPG & CO2

While a frugal diesel engine used to be available, the dated petrol engines are less efficient. The entry-level 1.2-litre engine, available in either Pop+ or Easy+ trim, returns 53.3mpg and emits 124g/km of CO2. Road tax for every Punto registered from 1 April 2017 costs £145 annually.

The 1.4-litre petrol engine is available in Easy+ trim. Despite being the only model to come with stop-start technology, it can only manage 49.6mpg and emits 132g/km of CO2,

Most rivals feature more up-to-date petrol engines with three cylinders instead of four, turbocharging, or both, and return over 60mpg as a result.

Insurance group

The exact insurance group that your Fiat Punto falls into depends on what engine you choose, but in general this is a cheap car to insure. The 1.2-litre models fall into groups six and seven and the 1.4-litre is in group eight. The Volkswagen Polo spans from group four to 13, while the Hyundai i20, is in groups five to 12.

Warranty

All Fiat Puntos came with a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty from new. There’s also an eight-year rust warranty and three-year paintwork warranty for added peace of mind.

Servicing

The Fiat Punto has service intervals of every 24 months or 18,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. Fiat’s servicing costs tend to be reasonable, too. You can opt for the 'Easy Care' service package, which allows you to pay for services up front – including parts and labour – on a one to five-year basis.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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