|£9,785 – £10,485|
If you’re in the market for a small hatchback-type van then give Grande Punto some serious consideration. It’s a real gem.
On the face of it there’s no logical reason for Fiat’s Grande Punto three-door hatchback van to exist. After all, its Fiorino stablemate offers more cargo space and better load area access. Grande Punto Van remains an appealing package, however, thanks to its sharp styling and lively on-the-road performance.
Top payload capacity is 520kg, the compact Fiat offers a modest 1.0m3 cargo area and it comes with a superb engine.
We’re talking about the always-impressive 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel with 75bhp/190Nm on tap in either Euro 4 or Euro 5 emissions specification. Married to a five-speed manual gearbox, it’s flexible, packs plenty of punch for its size and won’t cost you a fortune in fuel.
Fiat quotes a combined cycle economy figure of no less than 62.8mpg and we see no reason to disagree. CO2 output is a planet-saving 119g/km.
ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution are standard features. Driver and passenger airbags come as standard too in the stylish and roomy cab.
Another feature is the City Function button; sometimes referred to as the 'girly button' by more macho drivers. Hit that, and the power steering becomes a lot lighter to make the van easier to park in tight spaces.
Service intervals are set at 18,000 miles while Grande Punto is covered by a generous three-year/120,000-mile warranty. The little Fiat will set you back £9,685; money well spent in our opinion.
Replaced by a new Punto Van range in the summer of 2012.