That vintage Punto holds a special place in my memory. Not for its styling. And not for any other characteristics it might have had. As a matter of fact, I have no real memory of the latter. That's because a 1996 Punto was the first car I ever drove in England and my still-strong memories are of my disorientation and struggle to deal with driving on the"wrong side" of the road. (Tip: before setting out, fix in you mind the location of the inside rear-view mirror -- that done, much of the rest falls into place.)
As for the Punto's design, it was tall and space-efficient. But the exterior was a bit soft and nondescript. Presumably Giugiaro was breaking away from his hard-edge, crisply-formed, large-windowed "three-box" mode he used successfully for Volkswagen and other clients. The Punto was not one of his better results.