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Fiat Linea Hatchback First Drive & Performance

Fiat Linea Overview

Fiat knows very well how to make desirable cars, case in point being the Linea itself. First launched in India in 2009, the Linea hasn’t managed to sell in good numbers owing to poor sales and service offered by its JV partner Tata Motors. Fiat has now gone independent, going the whole mile of setting up its own dealership network with more than 100 outlets across India. This has surely got Fiat in the game and now with the facelifted Linea, the company expects to make a success of its C-segment sedan. Global production of the Linea facelift commenced in April 2012 and it has taken Fiat a whole 23 months to get the car to India. We get behind the wheel of the 2017 Fiat Linea to gauge the changes and if they make a big difference to this Italian sedan. View offers on Fiat Cars from Fiat dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Fiat Linea Exterior

The facelifted Linea looks updated but it still has the same neat and clean proportions which definitely tells you of its classy and premium nature.

Talking about the changes the big grille at the front of the car which was there from the very beginning has been changed and it now has a two slat grille which looks more sober, the air dam too looks bigger and it also has been highlighted with chrome strips which has made the front face of the car more premium. The rest of the front remained same and you will instantly recognize it as the Linea by its huge curved headlamps and a sloping bonnet. You won’t find much of a difference at the side of the car except the noticeable new alloy wheels and side rear view mirrors which gets new turn indicators.

Walk towards the rear and you will notice that the rear bumper has also been adorned with a chrome strip just like its front and a black faux diffuser which has added a tougher look to the car. The number plate now finds its place in the boot lid which is another big change that we noticed at the rear of the car.I already mentioned earlier that the Linea has always been one of the best looking cars that you will find in this segment, now with all these above mentioned changes it has become more matured and looks even more premium and will surely appeal to a large section of crowd.

Fiat Linea Interior

So the Fiat Linea is a beautiful car from outside. The interiors of the 2012 Fiat Linea have been revived too.The 2012 Linea comes with brighter dual tone interiors. The Emotion pack gets the premium leather treatment. It has all the sophistication needed in C+ a luxurious sedan.Part of the new changes in the Dynamic variant is the height adjustable driver seat. The front row seating is comfortable. The beige colored seats are very nicely tailored, though it can be an issue with the kids spilling things on it. The front legroom is good. Everything remains similar as compared to the earlier version except the rear seats, which don’t drop down any longer.Coming to the rear section of the car, the headroom and the legroom are not strong points of it. Taller passengers will have an issue adjusting themselves in the rear seats.The steering wheel on the dynamic is tilt adjustable and also features media and other controls to access the Bluetooth integrated phone feature, which pairs with the phone effortlessly. The instrumental panel is very neat and has the speedometer and the odometer inside chrome rings.

The information display on the instrumental panel shows information about the trip reading, Fuel efficiency, temperature and the distance to empty fuel tank. In addition to this, it also shows the last call made, phonebook and also has a message reader. One can also access the in-car settings by pressing a button underneath the right side of the steering column.The central panel has an integrated music system with 6 speakers. The fit and finish quality is typically Fiat so no complaining on that one. The ebony black grainy dashboard is grand with chrome inserts running across it.

In storage options, the glove box door doubles as the storage area too. Also, in the glove box you will find the peculiarly located USB connectivity option. Then there are 2 glass holders near the transmission stick. The door pockets are just an excuse and won’t hold anything substantial in it. There is a small utility box under the front seat armrest. The rear passengers get a drop down armrest attached to it is pull-out cup holders with some intermediate space. The boot space allotted in the Fiat Linea is a generous 500 litres, sounds good for the weekend trips.

Fiat Linea Transmission

There are no changes to the engines of the Fiat Linea which continue to offer the same output as before. The facelifted model is available only with the 1.3-litre Mulitjet diesel and 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engines. Neither powerplants need any introduction as we all are very familiar with them. The 1.4-litre T-Jet mill outputs 114 PS of peak power at 5000 RPM and 207 Nm of peak torque at 2200 RPM. This turbocharged heart makes the Linea a whole lot of fun to drive and can put an instant smile on your face anytime, all the time. Once you whizz past the turbo lag, you are greeted by a strong mid-range where the Linea simply moves ahead with gusto only to be bogged down past 5500 RPM as the top-end of this mill isn’t very strong. Still city drivability is excellent and the T-Jet motor is among the best petrol engines in its class.

Coming to the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine which outputs 93 PS of power and 209 Nm of torque, you get decent performance although more is expected at this price point. This small capacity diesel motor has a good mid-range punch and once past the turbo lag, you get going quickly. The gearing is on the taller side and you can whizz past 100 km/hr in third gear itself. Our VBOX run shows that 0-100 km/hr takes 16 seconds which is slower than other cars in this segment. Fiat should really have plonked in a bigger motor in the Linea as most cars at this price point output above 100 BHP of power. Both petrol and diesel motor use a 5-speed gearbox and gear shifts aren’t the smoothest around with a hint of rubbery feel. The clutch too has a lot of play but is light. Owing to the heavy weight of the Linea, neither the petrol nor the diesel Linea boast of class leading fuel efficiency figures. Expect 10 km/l in the T-Jet and 14 km/l in the Multijet in real world driving conditions.Check for Fiat Linea in inlnk.in 

Fiat Linea Driving

Fiat hasn’t made any mechanical changes to the Linea so driving dynamics are more or less the same as before. When we first drove the Linea in 2009, we instantly fell in love with it, being thoroughly impressed by its sharp handling characteristics. While Fiat has continued with the hydraulic power steering, the Linea (2012 onwards) hasn’t given the same feel to the driver as before, which is largely because the vehicle has had an increase in ground clearance to 190 mm. This has certainly ruined the sharp dynamics of the car and although it still is quite fun to pilot through a set of corners, it doesn’t give you the same surefooted feel as before.

The steering too lacks the razor sharp precision you would expect from a hydraulic unit but the wide tyres give plenty of grip even while cornering really hard. However high speed stability isn’t as good as before (pre-2012) although the Linea is relatively poised at expressway speeds. Braking performance is good and so is the NVH levels inside the cabin. What is stupendous though is the ride quality, the Linea’s suspension absorbing everything in its path with authority and not transferring any bump to the occupants. The weight of the car can be felt though which is both a good and bad thing.

Fiat Linea Safety

Fiat Linea is blessed with a number of safety features, which make it a reliable option to drive. Advancements like engine immobilizer with rolling code ensure that no outsider slips inside the car without the permission of the driver/occupants. Linea has a special fire prevention system that ensures that all the passengers are safely removed out of the car in case of fire. Other safety features of Linea include double crank prevention system, driver seat belt warning light, ABS and brake assist.Along with a decent output, the Linea is also blessed with a decent braking mechanism. The T-Jet Active version is featured with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), which ensures a smooth braking and no skidding even at high speeds. Along with, the proficient suspension system of this car ensures that it remains stable and balanced even in non-favorable driving conditions.

Fiat Linea Cost in New Delhi

Fiat Linea On-Road Price in New Delhi ranges from 8,00,182 to 11,23,571 for variants Linea 1.4L Active Fire and Linea 1.4L T JET Emotion 125 S respectively. Fiat Linea is available in 5 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Fiat Linea variants price in New Delhi. Check for Linea price in New Delhi at Carzprice

Fiat Linea Round Up

The Linea with a more premium and stylish new exterior is definitely a worthy competitor to the other midsized saloons of its class. The powerful Petrol engine is an added advantage which surely keeps it ahead of its competition, with all the equipments list and a new dashboard the Linea interiors too has become classier and will keep the occupants engaged. Priced quite competitively the facelifted Linea is surely a car worth buying