Of course, no one is going to buy this 1.2 8v Punto if they can stretch to one of the hi-tech TwinAir or MultiAir variants. But you'll need a budget of at least £12,500 for one of those - and probably much more. This entry-level Punto in contrast, requires only £10,000 from you, with a £500 premium if you want to go from three to five doors.
Whichever Punto model you end up deciding upon, the equipment basics should be in evidence. That means electric front windows, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a trip computer, remote central locking, daytime running lights and an MP3-compatible CD stereo. As long as you can avoid the entry-level variant, you can also expect to find niceties like alloy wheels, air conditioning and electric mirrors, as well as the 60/40 split-folding rear seatback that really should be standard across the board.
I'd also want to keep back some cash for the clever Blue&Me infotainment set-up, accessible through a removable 4.3-inch colour touchscreen which plugs into the dash top or can be removed to be used as a portable navigation system. Using this, you can Bluetooth and voice-activate your 'phone, connect auxiliary devices into the stereo with USB and AUX-in sockets and control a TomTom LIVE satellite navigation system, either with your voice or through buttons on the steering wheel.