Fiat Linea Facelift Review & Test Drive
Fiat Linea Overview
The Italian sense of design and styling is unparallel across the world and the physical proof it is exquisitely cited by Fiat Linea. Designed over the “Centro Stile” platform, Linea is an exclusive piece-of-art that comes with a complete package of power and performance. At present, the sedan is offered with two engine options that include a petrol and a diesel engine. Apart from a beautiful exterior design, Linea incorporates latest safety features and best-in-class comfort features. Fiat presently offers this sedan in five versions that include Active, Dynamic, Dynamic Pack, Emotion, and finally Emotion Pack. Each one of these trims can be availed with diesel and petrol fuel option. The ex-showroom (New Delhi) price of these variants varies between Rs.7.12 lakhs and Rs.9.55 lakhs.
It’s story of elegance starts somewhere from its Maserati like bi-parted grille that is closely guarded by a pair of twin pod lights. This front end smoothly merges into its wheel arches, waistline, and a wide windscreen. The only feature distinguishes between its petrol and diesel version is the placement of ‘Multijet’ badge that lies on left of Fiat’s badge. The rear mirrors the front end as a bright shadow with identical boot lid and bumper along with a cluster of tail lights. On the interior front the car presents a clear picture of Italian style and design. The ergonomically designed cabin speaks a user –friendly language with comfort oriented features such as electrical ORVMs, twin barrel headlamps, centrally integrated music system, USB connectivity, steering mounted audio controls, ample number of storage cubicles, large glove box, and so on.
Linea in every aspect epitomises what Fiat stands for be it design, looks, comfort, or power. The 1.4-litre FIRE and 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine brings the power quotient of this car at par with several other powerful options such as Swift Dzire, Indigo Manza, and a few others. The car is a boon in terms of driving dynamics and handling. The light steering and strong suspension system of the car adds up to the driving pleasure, and the car outclasses several other Indian cars in terms of handling. It is a perfect option in C segment for those looking to drive a vehicle with stunning looks, great design, awe inspiring driving dynamics, and superb power + mileage.
Fiat Linea Exterior & Look
The Fiat Linea has always been one of the best looking mid-size sedans on sale, but five years on, it was starting to look a bit dated. Thankfully, this facelift does a great job of giving it a more premium look, while retaining the car’s clean proportions. The top Emotion variant we’re driving has lots of new chrome trim – the prominent two-slat grille and the new, larger air dam are slathered in the shiny stuff. Around the back, a thick chrome strip adorns the bumper, and the number plate is now on the boot lid, beneath another chunk of chrome with ‘Linea’ embossed on it. The rear bumper also gets a black faux diffuser section, there are good-looking new alloys, and indicators now feature in the wing mirrors. View offers on Fiat Linea in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.
Fiat Linea Interior & Comfort
The Fiat Linea features electrically adjustable ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors), 5 inch AVN (Audio Video Navigation) infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, USB, AUX and SD Card. The top end versions are offered with steering mounted audio and phone controls as well. In addition to the infotainment system, the higher variants of the Fiat Linea is available with automatic climate control while the lower variants have manual AC controls. In addition to the convenience, the company also offers cup as well as bottle holders for both rows, rear roof light, tilt steering, electrically adjutable ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) and a collapsible rear sun blind.
Fiat Linea Engine & Gearbox
Fiat offers Linea with two engine options a 1.4-litre FIRE petrol power mill and a 1.3-litre multijet diesel power mill. Both engines have been placed transversely under the hood and use a 5-speed manual transmission to deliver power to front wheels.
The petrol versions of the car are powered by a 1.4-litre FIRE petrol engine that displaces 1368cc to deliver power worth 91PS against a peak torque of 115Nm. A lag may be felt at higher speed as the engine can manage to pull the 1240kgs kerb weight of the car at lower speeds only. But that doesn’t mean it is slow, the car speedily accelerates from 0-100kmph speed in just 16 seconds and attains a top speed of 165kmph.To know more details on Fiat Linea check Kmindia
The diesel version of the car, on the contrary, is powered by a 1.3-litre 16 valve engine whose power and performance is enhanced by Multijet and Dual OverHead Camshafts (DOHC). The DOHC and Multijet not only enhances the efficiency of this engine but also help in improving its performance. The engine smoothly manages to delivers power worth 86PS along a maximum torque of 203Nm. The Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) supports the engine’s performance and helps it in gliding from rest to 100kmph speed within 15 seconds. The diesel version of Fiat Linea carries ability to attain a maximum speed of 170kmph.
Out of the two fuel options offered with this sedan it is its diesel version that makes it especially proud in terms of mileage. Fiat Linea delivers an ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 20kmpl with its diesel engine. The fuel tank of the car bears a capacity to store 45-litres of fuel in one go which means with the diesel version you can easily travel a distance of 900kms in one go. The petrol version on the other hand delivers mileage of 15kmpl as certified by ARAI. The range of distance that can be covered via this version with a full tank is 675kms, not bad considering its cost and segment.
Fiat Linea Driving Dynamics
Performance is another section where Fiat Linea makes an strong impressions as compared to its rivals. The strong suspension system of the car allows the car to smoothly pass over all kind of potholes and doesn’t let passengers realize small bumps and cracks over road. The front portion of the car bears independent wheel, double telescopic dampers, helical coil springs, with stabilizer while the rear is supported by double acting telescopic dampers and torsion beam type helical coil spring.
The multi functional steering of the car excels in all parameters and allows smooth handling over all kind of speeds and roads. The steering feels light except for the twists and turns where it gets a bit heavier due to its strong suspension. The 5-speed gear shifting is smooth and offers excellent drivability over all kind of city roads and freeways.Check car loan for Fiat Linea at Fincarz.
Fiat Linea Braking & Safety
In terms of safety, the Fiat Linea is offered with ABS (Anti lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), dual front airbags, reverse parking sensors for the higher variants. All versions are offered with central door locking, immobiliser, speed sensing door locks and Fire Prevention System.
Fiat Linea Price in Ahmedabad
Fiat Linea On Road Price is 8,41,744/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,61,479/- in Ahmedabad. Fiat Linea comes in 5 colours, namely Magnesio Grey,Sunbeam Gold,Tuscan Wine,Hip Hop Black,Minimal Grey. Fiat Linea comes with FWD with 1368 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 112 bhp@5000 rpm and Peak Torque 207 Nm@2200 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Fiat Linea comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .
Fiat Linea Verdict
Overall, Fiat has done a great job of breathing some life and a bit of feel-good factor into its ageing mid-size sedan. Sure, the engines and mechanicals haven’t changed, but then they were quite solid to begin with, and though the competition offers better rear-seat space, the Linea is still a very supportive and comfortable place to be. The changes to the exterior and especially the interior, however, are what have really transformed this car – it definitely feels more upmarket and premium now. Most of all, now that Fiat is quickly establishing its own strong dealership network, and with an attractive price range of Rs 7.6-9.8 lakh, the Linea is well poised to claw its way back into the mid-size sedan rankings.Tags: Fiat