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Difference between Grande Punto and Multiair Sporting Punto?

Hi all is there much difference between two?-My wife is after trading in her Grande Punto for 4 door multiair Sporting 1.4 I know the Grande is 1.2 and two door but apart from tinted glass and other cosmetic changes is there really any difference?-thanks
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Re: Difference between Grande Punto and Multiair Sporting Punto?

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Hi all is there much difference between two?-My wife is after trading in her Grande Punto for 4 door multiair Sporting 1.4 I know the Grande is 1.2 and two door but apart from tinted glass and other cosmetic changes is there really any difference?-thanks


engine is different. dash is possibly different depending on spec level.
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Re: Difference between Grande Punto and Multiair Sporting Punto?

A multiair engined punto will be either an evo or a 2012 facelift, none of the multiair engines were fitted to the GP.

There are a number of different versions, even in Sporting trim. The evo sporting was the 135 multiair turbo, later ones are lower powered.
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Re: Difference between Grande Punto and Multiair Sporting Punto?

After 2012 fiat dropped the grande/evo labels so they are all now just 'Punto'

Essentially the same cars but lots of tweets and changes have occurred over the years
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Re: Difference between Grande Punto and Multiair Sporting Punto?

Thanks all-is the 1.4 much quicker?
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Re: Difference between Grande Punto and Multiair Sporting Punto?

Being a sporting its usually faster than standard 1.2 or 1.4 petrol. An multiair allows more power on less fuel. Bit like Ford's ecoboost
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Re: Difference between Grande Punto and Multiair Sporting Punto?

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Being a sporting its usually faster than standard 1.2 or 1.4 petrol.
I have to dispute that, most fiat 'sportings' are mechanically no different, it usually means a body kit, spoiler and a set of alloys.

The 1.4 will of course have more power than a 1.2 and the multiair 1.4 is a little over 100bhp compared to the normal 1.4 Punto which is 77bhp so stands to reason the multiair will be quite a bit quicker
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Being a sporting its usually faster than standard 1.2 or 1.4 petrol. An multiair allows more power on less fuel. Bit like Ford's ecoboost
It's nothing like Ford's ecoboost! The multiair engines use a single can shaft the pressurise oil filled chambers between the cam shaft and the valves; valves are then used to control the build up of pressure and therefore the valve opening. As well as variable valve timing, multiair allows total control of the valve lift which means it can be used to regulate the volume of air entering the cylinder. This allows the traditional throttle, and its associated losses, to be eliminated. The multiair technology is unique and a genuine innovation where as ecoboost is marketing nonsense for an engine with a turbo charger.

For the OP, fundamentally the two cars are the same but the newer car will have the revised interior, bumpers, lights etc and obviously the very different engine. If buying new be sure to get a huge discount as punto sales are tiny these days, there are more modern and better cars available.
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Re: Difference between Grande Punto and Multiair Sporting Punto?

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It's nothing like Ford's ecoboost! The multiair engines use a single can shaft the pressurise oil filled chambers between the cam shaft and the valves; valves are then used to control the build up of pressure and therefore the valve opening. As well as variable valve timing, multiair allows total control of the valve lift which means it can be used to regulate the volume of air entering the cylinder. This allows the traditional throttle, and its associated losses, to be eliminated. The multiair technology is unique and a genuine innovation where as ecoboost is marketing nonsense for an engine with a turbo charger.

For the OP, fundamentally the two cars are the same but the newer car will have the revised interior, bumpers, lights etc and obviously the very different engine. If buying new be sure to get a huge discount as punto sales are tiny these days, there are more modern and better cars available.
This. If one of the German manufacturers had come up with Multiair it would be heralded as the greatest innovation since round wheels by the motoring press, as its Fiat's invention no-one knows what it is.
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