It seems Kiwi’s prefer Punto Grandes with compression ignition engines. I’d say the odds were skewed by the current model range offering 3 diesel and only one petrol engine but perhaps petrol prices, up to $1.70/l but now only $1:50/l, have changed some attitudes. David Linklater finds the Punto 1.3 JTD isn’t perfect but offers “an equal-parts blend of cheap, cheerful and just plain cool supermini motoring”.
Who needs diesel-powered small cars?
Fiat buyers, apparently. While compression-ignition superminis have bee something of a showroom liability in the past, around three-quarters of New Zealand's Punto buyers are now opting for the turbo-diesel JTD versions...
Fiat New Zealand Punto Model Range @ 09–2006
Grande Punto 5 Porte 1.4 Benzina
Grande Punto 5 Porte 1.3 Diesel
Grande Punto 5 Porte 1.9 Diesel
Grande Punto 3 Porte Sport 1.9 Diesel