Fiat Punto returns to Australia; plug-in TomTom nav optional

After a lengthy hiatus the Fiat Punto has returned to Australian shores, but the aggressive pricing hides some missing features, such as USB and auxiliary ports on the base Pop model.

All Punto models are equipped with a 57kW/115Nm 1.4-litre petrol engine under the hood equipped with automatic engine start/stop.

The returning Fiat Punto starts at A$16,000 drive-away for the entry-level Pop with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard; a Dualogic semi-automatic transmission that has a robotically operated clutch is a $1,500 option. Standard features include power front windows, air conditioning, six airbags, remote central locking, and a steering wheel that’s adjustable for height and reach. The audio system comes with six speakers, Bluetooth, CD slot, and AM/FM radio; disappointingly a USB port and auxiliary jack aren’t available on the entry-level model.

Next up is the A$19,300 (no drive-away pricing here) Easy that adds Dualogic semi-automatic, 15-inch alloy wheels, power rear windows, reversing sensors, a driver’s knee airbag, cruise control, leather on the steering wheel and gear lever, darkened headlight inserts, and an armrest for the front passengers. The sound system gains the USB port and auxiliary jack that should also be on the entry-level Pop.

At the top of the pile is the A$21,800 Lounge (again, no drive-away pricing on this model) that has 16-inch alloys, a sports bodykit (kind of ironic given the car’s laid back name), front fog lights that double as cornering lights, dual-zone climate control, leather seats with electric lumbar adjustment up front, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, ambient lighting, tinted glass, chrome exhaust tip, and aluminium coverings for the wing mirrors. Options include a pair of sunroofs and heated front seats.

All models can be equipped, for A$595, with a TomTom navigation unit with a 4.3-inch touchscreen that plugs into the top of the dashboard and integrates with the sound system.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]