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Fiat Grande Punto Grabs the Compact Car Golden Steering Wheel

Fiat’s Grande Punto

The Fiat Grande Punto has won Germany’s 2005 Golden Steering Wheel award in the Compact Car class in the 30th annual running of the competition organized by the weekly magazine Bild am Sonntag.

The Grande Punto beat the Volkswagen Fox, Renault Clio, Toyota Yaris and Peugeot 1007 in this class, one of seven in this year’s award program.

2005 Golden Steering Wheel Winners
Category Car
Compact Fiat Grande Punto
Mid-size VW Passat
Luxury Mercedes S-Class
SUV Audi Q7
Super Sports Car Porsche Carrera GT
Minivans Opel Zafira
Small RV Hobby T600 GFS

The Mitsubishi Colt took the honors in the small car class last year.

With a 1.4-liter, 77-hp (57-kW) gasoline engine, the Grande Punto consumes 6.1 liters per 100 kilometers (38.6 mpg US) combined cycle and emits 145 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

With its diesel 1.3-liter, 75-hp (55-kW) engine, the Grande Punto consumes 4.7 l/100km (50 mpg US) and emits 123 g/km CO2.

All models of the Grande Punto meet Euro 4 specifications.

Fiat and Ford recently agreed to co-operate on the joint development and production of vehicles in the European small car (sub-B) segment. The cars resulting from that partnership will use Fiat powertrains. (Earlier post.)


Mikhail Capone

I wish we had it in Canada.

Still waiting for the Honda Jazz/Fit... It will probably be my first car (with the CVT).


Just hold out for the hot new engine technologies that are going to flood the market once the fuel scare really hits hard.

The Fiat engine is a compromise. You still need to be capable of putting your foot down sometimes to avoid certain situations. All you will get outof the 1.4 is noise.

For the record I've driven the 2004 Honda and Mitsubishi Colt CVT cars. CVT is the weirdest thing and coming from manual the sensation is that your clutch is constantly slipping. Very unerving. :/

But they are nothing special. The Colt's 70 Kw Mivec engine was especially uninspiring considering the Cyborg came out with a 120Kw non-turbo modification of the same engine in the mid nineties.

Get a WV Golf TDi 2.0. I drove one for a test. Silent and a bit scary when you put your foot into it. (Sorry to sound like a promotion man)
Uses 5.7l/100km with 100Kw, and 320 Nm of torque, which is about three times more then the Fiat in terms of pull.


I *hope* the diesel fuel economy numbers they site are wrong. A modern 1.3L common rail diesel in a car that weighs around 1000 kg should *easily* get in the high 50's mpgs mileage. My 1350 kg 1.9L VW TDI Golf gets 47 mpg with about 50:50 city/highway driving and it's absolutely yesteryear diesel tech.


Mikhail Capone


Maybe it is because of how the transmission is geared? Maybe it is not optimized for fuel economy...


Nope, those are the specs. 5.9 l/100km city (40 mpg US); 4.0 l/100km highway (58.8 mpg US); 4.7 l/100km combined cycle (50 mpg US). That's on a European drive cycle.

Cameron Dell

I've been getting 4.9/100km with my old 1.6 VW mechanical turbo diesel's. I would like too see a real improvement before I fork out for one of the newer common fuel rail. There selling smart car's in Canada right now but where's the trunk. If the manufactures would just wise up being in cars like the Lupo. 85 mpg and a trunk that would get me to the dealership.


Yeah I must agree. A lot of the fuel economy hype revolves around sometimes impractical sized cars.
A new benchmark should be made so that the car in question getting compared has at least roomy rear seats, and a boot that can fit a full complement of luggage.

Something like a Honda Accord hybrid in wagon form that could hit 55-60mpg combined cycle is where we should be looking in the near future.


A big part of the problem is - nobody is going to spend money developing new technology when they already can sell all the hybrids they can make loaded with all sorts of overpriced junk.

If/when people stop putting up with the ripoffs, they will say: "See? I told you hybrids will fail"

Mikhail Capone

"If/when people stop putting up with the ripoffs, they will say: 'See? I told you hybrids will fail'"

The fact that a class A or B car can get similar mileage (mostly on the highway, possibly in the city) to a Prius (even though it gets worse emissions) is not a "Prius Killer" feature because the two cars are different enough on other points.

The Prius is as big as a Camry and has many features that are not available in other cars (at any price, for some).

If the Prius was a small B-class car and got only 60/51 EPA, now that would be a problem. But for a mid-sized AT-PZEV hatchback, it's not bad.


Finally a car with a discriptive name. -DC

Lance Funston

I think if you spent 2 hours on the highway in you Punto and then 2 hours in a Prius, you would experience a world of difference in driver and passenger comfort: space, seats, noise, etc... Especially if you had any luggage.


those mpg figures are in US gallons which aren't as big as everyone elses and therefore the petrol should be around 55-65mpg and the diesel easily 70+ mpg with the modern technology. The only thing is that it could do with a 6 spped gearbox to reduce noise at high speeds, when you get to about 95mph it is doing about 4800rpm where as if it had an extra gear it would be doing about 3600rpm.

Golf TDI Owner

I'm still getting 43+ MPG on my 2002 Golf TDI but wondering when the new Golf will be imported into America. Anyone know? Also why doesn't VW import more of their diesel cars like the Polo and Fox?? Toyota and Honda are making a killing with their hybrid models.

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