A friend of mine bought it and I was offered to show him how to do a heel toe downshift on his Punto.
Let's start with the nice bits. The interior is not bad. Decent quality, not high class but not bad. Exterior wise, it is a nice little hatch with a little Italian flair. The engine is also rather Italian, meaning smooth revving. Nice eager revving unit.
The not so nice bits revolve around driving it. In particular, the 3 pedals. Gosh, they are spongy beyond belief! The clutch pedal is so small! It's probably a quarter or half the size of a regular wallet. And it is so spongy that you can't feel the biting point thus I stalled the engine on my first try. Which was embarassing as hell.
Attempting to do heel toe on this is made even harder with the spongy accelerator. You have to practically dislocate your ankle and depress the pedal 3/4 way down to have the engine blip up the revs. I got 1 correct shift and like 10 mishifts.
The rest of the car is fine. Design, build and execution. It is just that the pedals, which allow for the driver to have an intrinsic connection to the car is so wholly neglected that it is appalling.
This car is for cruising. Be gentle and laid back and the car will serve you well. My friend loves his punto and I can understand why but those pedals really really bug me.