Fiat Linea

₹ 11.03 Lakhs

On-Road Price, MumbaiEx-Showroom Price, Mumbai

Overview of the car

Sedan

Manual

Diesel

17 Mileage

45 Litres

2 AirBags

5 Seater

3 Years / 1,00,000 kms

Performance Metrics
170

kilometers per hour

Top Speed
17.81

seconds

0-100 kph
10.8

Meters

Turning Cycle
Tech Specs

Engine

Displacement
1248 cc
Max Power
92 bhp
Torque
21.31 kgm
Number of Cylinder(s)
4

Dimensions

Wheel Base
2603 mm
Ground Clearance
190 mm
Bootspace
500 ltrs
Turning Circle
10.8 mtrs
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Suspension & Chassis

Front Suspension
Independent with Mc Pherson Strut, Helical Springs and Stabiliser Bar
Rear Suspension
Torsion Beam , Helical Coil Springs, Double Acting Telescopic Dampers and Stabiliser Bar
Steering Type
Hydraulic Power Steering
Tyres
Front: 195/60 R15
Rear: 205/55 R16
Front Brakes
Ventilated Disc
Rear Brakes
Disc
Reviews and Video
NARAIN IMG

Narain Says

The Linea has a solid chassis with a good mix of ride and handling. Despite the high ground clearance, it’s a car that's comfortable taking corners enthusiastically. The hydraulic steering offers great feel and feedback.

HORMAZD IMG

Hormazd Says

The changes to the exterior and especially the interior have really transformed the Linea – it definitely feels more upmarket and premium. Sadly the lack of automatic option and sparse sales and service network have not helped the sales.

TorqueX Review

What you’ll like?

Ride and Handling, Turbo Petrol Engine

What you won’t like?

Rear Seat Space Ergonomics

TorqueX Says

More Exiting to Drive Than its Rivals

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Autocar Review

Fiat Linea Review, Road Test

Fiat Linea

We got our first glimpse of the facelifted Fiat Linea all the way back in May 2012, when it was launched in Turkey. It’s been quite a wait, but the car finally made its Indian debut at Auto Expo 2014. When we saw it in the metal, there was no doubting that the facelift had been very successful, but now we’ve managed to get behind the wheel to see exactly how much of a transformation Fiat has managed to give its mid-sizer, and if it has what it takes to take on this hotly contested segment.

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.

The bigger changes, however, are on the inside, where Fiat has worked hard to improve the ambience. There’s an all-new dashboard that just oozes Italian flair in its design. The new colour scheme is black and cream, with a glossy black finish for the central AC vents and audio system, which are very neatly integrated. There’s soft-touch plastic on the dash too, and even concealed ambient lighting that bathes the cabin in a warm orange glow. The outer AC vents are now round, feel premium and add a little bit more character.

 

Inside a hooded binnacle, you’ll find new dials that, although elegant looking, aren’t easy to read on the move. There’s also a big digital trip computer screen that gives you a lot of information, including distance-to-empty.

The cabin quality is a step up, with buttons and levers that feel solid and well damped in their operation; look around a bit, though, and you will find the odd rough edge. The perforated leather seats, both front and rear, offer superb support, although knee-room for rear passengers is not up to the class standard, and taller folks will find their heads brushing against the well-finished roof lining. The Fiat Linea remains a well-equipped car, and cruise control has now been added to its long list of kit, which already included things like auto headlamps and wipers, and a collapsible rear curtain.

Under the skin, the Fiat Linea sedan remains unchanged, and that means the same solid chassis with a good mix of ride and handling. The ground clearance is now up to 190mm in certain models, but this is still a car that’s comfortable taking corners enthusiastically. Fiat has stuck with hydraulic power steering, and although that means great feel and feedback, it’s still not as good as a Ford Fiesta’s. The grip from the four 205/55 R16 Goodyear tyres is great too, although interestingly, the spare is a 195/60 R15 space-saver with an 80kph restriction.

 

The engine line-up is largely the same too, although the naturally aspirated 1.4-litre petrol is now the preserve of the Linea Classic. So that leaves the VGT-equipped, 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine (which now gets a bit more grunt at 92bhp and 21.3kgm) and the 112bhp, 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo petrol. The diesel, as before, is sluggish until 2,000rpm, after which the punch really comes in strong. It gets quite noisy after 3,500rpm all the way up to its 5,200rpm redline. The T-Jet is familiar too, with its punchy mid-range that’s both useful and exciting; although the little lag until 1,500rpm is still present. The five-speed gearbox feels nice and mechanical to use, and the clutch is light, which should be helpful in traffic.

 

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.

Kartikeya Singhee

 

Fact File

 

Engine

Fuel Petrol / Diesel
Installation Front, transverse
Type 4-cyls, 1368cc, turbo-petrol / 4-cyls, 1248cc, turbo-diesel
Power 112bhp at 5000rpm / 92bhp at 4000rpm
Torque 21.1kgm at 2200rpm / 21.31kgm at 2000rpm

Transmission

Gearbox 5-speed, manual

Dimensions

Length 4596mm
Width 1730mm
Height 1487 / 1494mm
Wheel base 2603mm

Chassis & Body

Weight 1258kg / 1268kg

Economy

Tank size 45 litres
 
 
 
 

Comfort & Convenience

  • Central Locking
  • Remote Locking
  • Total Immobilizer
  • Climate Control
  • Remote Boot Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Rear Wiper
  • Rear Defogger
  • Front Power Windows
  • Rear Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Electric Adjust wing mirror
  • Dead Pedal
  • Cruise Control
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sunroof
  • Refrigerator
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Air Conditioner
  • Electric Sun Blinds
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
  • Reversing Camera
  • Hill Start Assist
  • 360 degree camera
  • Heads Up Display
  • Stop/start
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED Lights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Rear Power Outlet

Drivers Aid & Safety

  • ABS
  • ESP
  • EBD
  • Brake Assist
  • Parking Sensors
  • Airbags Total (2)

Seating

  • Driver Seat Height Adjust
  • Split rear seats
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Folding Rear Seats
  • Front Adjustable Headrests
  • Rear Adjustable Headrests
  • Passenger Seat Height Adjust
  • Lumbar Support
  • Third row of seats
  • Seat Massagers
  • Seat Memory
  • Cooled Seats
  • Electric Seats
  • Driver Seat Power Adjust
  • Rear Seat Foldable Table
  • Rear Seat Centre Armrest

Entertainment & Communication

  • TouchScreen Audio System
  • Audio system (with Radio)
  • USB Port
  • Bluetooth & Streaming
  • Steering Audio Controls
  • Speakers
  • Hands Free Telephony
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Single CD Player
  • Rear seat screens
  • Subwoofer
  • Voice activated controls

Tyres & Wheels

  • Spare wheel
  • Space saver
  • Alloy Wheels
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