Fiat Linea Hatchback First Drive & Performance

Fiat Linea Test Drive

Fiat Linea Overview

The Fiat Linea has always been a fun to drive car and the current model gets upmarket interiors and a healthy equipment list that makes it quite a good value for money offering. The interiors get a dual tone theme with a Fiat 500 like contrast mid section that houses circular chrome ringed air vents, the piano black housing for the middle air vents also look nice while the shiny black stereo compliments the air vent housing above. The Emotion variant also gets leather upholstery to give the car a premium appeal. Check for HDFC car loan.

The Fiat Linea comes loaded with a stereo, power windows all around, tilt adjustable power steering, electrically adjustable ORVMs, automatic headlamps with programmable follow-me-home function, rain sensing wipers, central locking, mileage computer, rear defogger, disc brakes all around and anti-lock brakes as standard. Top end models also get, rear a/c vents, a rear arm rest with cupholders, front airbags, a rear sun blind, cruise control, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, climate control, Bluetooth compatible stereo with steering mounted controls and a height adjustable driver’s seat.

Under the hood, the new Fiat Linea will continue to be powered by a turbocharged 1.4 litre petrol engine developing 116PS of power @ 6,000 rpm and 207Nm of torque @ 4,500 rpm, a naturally aspirated version of the 1.4 litre petrol engine developing 90PS of power @ 6,000 rpm and 115Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm while the 1.3 litre turbo diesel engine develops 93PS of power @ 4,000 rpm and 209Nm of torque @ 2,000 rpm.

All three engines are mated to five-speed gearboxes and like earlier, there is no automatic variant for the Linea.

Fiat Linea Style

Fiat Linea exudes an international appeal in the style statement it carries which makes it a head turner wherever it goes. The front as well as rear overhangs seem quite proportionate which is one of the biggest advantage in its aerodynamic structure. The front looks quite sophisticated with a chrome plated front that proudly carries Fiat badge in between.

The twin pod headlights are carefully underlined by a pair of fog lights that improve vision in misty foggy times. The side profile is a combination of sophistication and muscle. The beefed wheel arches gradually merge into the waistline. The 16’inch alloy wheels looks stunning and play an important role in defining its distinct style statement.

The stylishly protruding electrical ORVMs, clutch style door handles and a nicely embellished C pillar gives a coupe-like look to this sedan. The rear profile looks equally attractive with a large boot lid, chrome linings, and three light clusters of tail lamps. The ground clearance of 165mm accompanied by a strong suspension makes it a suitable option in terms of Indian roads. Fiat currently offers this sedan in seven vibrant colors which adds another feather to its cap.

Fiat Linea Space

On the inside you get the same refreshed interior of the 2014 Linea and the only addition is an intuitive five-inch touch screen system. Although the screen is on the smaller side, it is a high res unit and the piano black finish surround looks really nice. The dashboard itself has a nice flow to it and all controls fall to hand easily. The dull white and grey dual tone colour theme is livened up by the dim orange ambient lighting on the dashboard. Quality in some sections is exceptional and you get nice soft touch plastics for the dash top. But as you go lower down you will find some hard plastics and there are some ill-fitting panels too. But overall fit and finish is more than acceptable and is a huge jump over the original Linea.

Although the dashboard is ergonomic the same can’t be said of the driving position. Like before the pedals are still a bit off-set, the steering is placed too high and close to the driver and the front seats lack enough thigh support. On the positive side they are well contoured and back support is good too. At the rear, space is just about enough but the bench itself is comfy with good thigh support and a well-judged backrest angle. But headroom is in short supply and even people with average height will find it a bit cramped. The car still boasts of a humongous 500 litre boot that can accommodate your weekend luggage easily. But a larger opening and a lower loading lip could have make it more practical. For more information on Fiat Linea check Aryavarta

As far as equipment is concerned the Linea comes with a long list of features. The touchscreen infotainment system comes with a radio, Bluetooth connectivity, AUX, USB and you also get a navigation system. You also get unique bits like rain sensing wipers and automatic headlamps which add to the feel good factor. On the downside the Linea doesn’t get a rear camera, but thankfully the car comes equipped with parking sensors.

Fiat Linea Engine

The Linea 125S’s 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo petrol engine pumps out 123bhp of power and 208Nm of torque, as compared to the 114bhp in the old car. The 9bhp hike in power is prominent at low revs. Where the old car had lots of lag below 2000rpm, the updated engine has a more linear power delivery and it feels more free revving than before too. Don’t get us wrong, there is still lag at low revs but unlike before you don’t have to constantly shift to get the most out of this engine. Which is a good thing as the gear shifts are imprecise and you need a second push to slot in the gear properly. Even the clutch is on the heavier side and the long pedal travel doesn’t help matters either. But it’s on the highway where this motor comes in its own and the strong midrange really thrusts this sedan forward. This makes overtaking just a tap of the right foot away and the Linea 125S is genuinely a great long distance car.

Now to the aspect the Linea has always shone in. Despite raising the ground clearance to an SUV rivalling 190mm, this Fiat is still one of the finest in terms of both ride and handling. The steering which feels a bit heavy at low speeds, comes alive as you go faster and it provides good feedback and it weighs up consistently too. The car does roll quite a bit when you corner hard but never to the point of feeling nervous or out of its comfort zone and the wide 205 section tyres provide loads of grip too. If the handling is good then the ride is even better. You do feel some firmness at lower speeds but is well judged and the Linea absorbs the biggest of potholes with aplomb. The high 190mm ground clearance combined with the long travel suspension makes it perfect for our ever broken and rutted roads. Straight-line stability is exceptional too and this combined with the potent engine makes it a potent long distance tool. The brakes though feel wooden and a more progressive brake feel would have been welcomed.

Fiat Linea Driving

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.

Fiat Linea Safety

Braking and safety, both these aspects have been looked well by Fiat in Linea. The halting of front wheels is supported by disc brakes while the rear wheels have been awarded with drum brakes. The larger diameter of disc brakes allows instantaneous deceleration of car while the safety aspect in sudden braking is looked into by Anti Lock braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) system that distributes braking force equally to all four wheels preventing sliding and squealing of tyres. Other measures taken to ensure safety of its passengers include an Anti-theft engine immobilizer, Fire Prevention System (FPS), 3 safety headrests, programmable speed limit that helps controlling speed of the car, digital door open indicator, power steering, and double crank prevention system.

Fiat Linea Costin Ahmedabad

Fiat Linea On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 8,41,744 to 10,67,529 for variants Linea 1.4L Active Fire and Linea 1.4 Dynamic Advanced Multijet respectively. Fiat Linea is available in 3 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Fiat Linea variants price in Ahmedabad. check for Linea price in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

Fiat Linea Conclusion

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

Will the Linea appeal to a car enthusiast? Absolutely yes. It’s got a willing motor that is refined and combined with its sorted dynamics you get a sedan which is apt for every driving condition and need. Sure at Rs 10.63 lakh it is on the expensive side and Fiat’s after-sales and service network is sparse, but for the money you get a sedan which stands out from the other boring sedan crowd and is sure to put a smile on your face every time you are behind the wheel.

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