Serious efforts have gone into making the Avventura look different from the Punto Evo. The basic silhouette sans the boot-mounted spare tyre may still be of the hatchback, but in flesh it plays the part of an entry-level crossover pretty well.
The front design has least number of changes compared to the Punto Evo. It gets a rugged looking black coloured front bumper and similar black body cladding for the wheel arches that make the car look wider. While I won’t deny that the Avventura, like its hatchback counterpart, looks aggressive; I also feel it is quite ‘fishy’. It actually looks like a giant catfish and in the zafferano orange here it also gives out aposematic signals.
It is the side and the rear profiles that distinguish the Avventura from the Punto, with the boot-mounted spare tyre. Like for many in the animal kingdom, this is just a deceptive tactic to look bigger, and it comes with its own set of flaws. For one, despite the compact size, the boot cannot be accessed in the tight spot. It is not directly mounted on the hatch, but on an independent arm that has to be moved sideways like rear doors of old school SUVs, before vertically opening the hatch door. Also the spare tyre and the arm are going to rattle in the long run.
The black elements are in plenty to create a nice contrast and also to add a premium touch. The Avventura badging is loud and carved into the body cladding; it creates a tough image and also reiterates the fact that this is not a custom Punto. The tail section is a little too cluttered, the spare wheel occupies majority of the space – everything below it is black and everything above it is like the Punto.
In this flamboyant colour and contrasting body kit, the Avventura grabs attention. More importantly, unlike the Volkswagen Cross Polo and Toyota Etios Cross, it appears to be a different car.