2020 Fiat Punto Just when it appears the automotive business has misplaced its method with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for each countryman, a simple automobile emerges. For over 50 years, this car has been the 2020 Fiat Punto.
Often derided by fans as home equipment, the no-frills commuter car will get the overwhelming majority of consumers where they wish to go in the method they need to get there, safely and at a value. The 2020 Fiat Punto does it even better.
Exhibit A that the automotive industry has gotten a bit nuts: the common transaction value for a brand new automobile is greater than $37,000, in line with Kelley Blue E book. Simple to blame the automakers in this era of no accountability however we’re the ones paying those giant prices for big autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For just under $23,000, the 2020 Fiat Punto places each dollar to purposeful use.
Though it rides on a new platform, the 2020 Fiat Punto blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball sport. On closer inspection, the Hybrid gets blue accents across the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it seems extra composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that attempted too arduous to be totally different. The Fu Manchu entrance fascia is extra streamlined and less offended, and the entire look is smoother front to again. But still, the one time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar touchdown gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The first-ever 2020 Fiat Punto within the US is constructed on Toyota’s twenty years of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the present Prius, with two motors and an environment friendly 1.Eight-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Whole output with the fastened ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system makes use of exhaust warmth to heat engine coolant and get the engine heated quicker. The cabin heats quicker, too, which could be significant for cold-weather consumers cautious of the chilly vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electric automobile.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as a lot as the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a shocking little bit of pop. Extra importantly, it is rated at 53 mpg metropolis, 52 mpg combined, similar as hybrid variations of the Honda Insight, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For traditional hybrids with no plug, the 2020 Fiat Punto trails only the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round town, with the electronically controlled brake set within the drive mode, the 2020 Fiat Punto averaged more than 57 mpg in our week round city. Setting EV mode helps conserve power below low throttle up to about 20 mph, and then once more at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, so long as there’s enough cost in the battery.
The battery is located under the rear seat, so you don’t lose a lot cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for an even load flooring. Rear seat room is sufficient sufficient to suit two teenagers, and overall it felt roomy enough for a family of four.
The one trim within the Hybrid comes customary with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, with automatic emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise management that works each at freeway cruising speeds and in commuter site visitors from 24 mph all the way down to a stop. It additionally comes with the eight-inch contact display with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster display to stay competitive.
Priced at solely $three,000 greater than the 2020 Fiat Punto and $1,200 less than a similarly geared up Honda Insight (EX trim), the 2020 Fiat Punto is the perfectly practical, remarkably affordable around-town car.
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