Fiat launched Linea Classic in India in September 2013 at an unbelievable price range of INR 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Currently, the car is available in one petrol and three diesel variants- Linea Classic 1.4 Petrol, Classic 1.3 Multijet, Classic Plus 1.3 Multijet, and Classic Plus With Alloy 1.3 Multijet. You can own the sedan in five attractive colours- Tuscan Wine, Pearl White, Minimal Grey, Ocean Blue, and Hip Hop Black. The powerful turbojet engine churns out 89 bhp@6000 rpm power while gliding through the highways. Car experts believe, Linea Classic offers fierce competition to Dzire, Ford Fiesta Classic, Honda Amaze, Nissan Sunny, and Chevrolet Sail.
Externally Linea Classic looks almost like a regular Linea in most of the aspects. The Italians are always conscious of the designs, and this gets represented in car manufacturing as well. The automobile giants have left the exterior of Linea Classic almost untouched, so you would find the same silver grille guarded on both the sides by dual-barrelled headlamps. You will also see the large chrome Fiat Logo indented into the satin silver radiator grille which gives a Maserati like feeling in a budget sedan.
A few bits and character are missing from the regular Linea like the absence of alloy wheels and the fog lamps. Here 15-inch steel wheels are present within the beautifully crafted wheel covers. Overall the car looks regal and mature externally giving a sophisticated feel to the riders.
Though the interior of the car offers a bold look, there are several areas where upgrades are necessary. The air cons have an old conventional knob for control instead of the climate control features available in the new cars. The infotainment system also needs advanced features like USB or AUX input slot. Nowadays, using a CD as music files is an outdated feature, so the absence of USB slot makes the car loss out in the infotainment system. The car has also ditched the electronically operated ORVMs, and the steering mounted audio controls in a bid to reduce the cost. The interiors are in grey, and the USP of this sedan is its dimension. There is enough space for a comfortable ride.!
Linea Classic has a powerful 1.3 Litre Multijet Diesel and 1.4 Litres Petrol Engines. The maximum power 75 bhp@4000 rpm and torque is 197 Nm@1750 rpm in the diesel type. While in the petrol version the values are 89 bhp@6000 rpm and 115 Nm@4500 rpm. Both the fuel types get powered by 4-cylinder, 5-speed gear having a forward drive train. The car has a firm suspension with ventilated disc and drum brakes in the front and rear end respectively. The mileage of the vehicle is 19.5Kmpl and 14.9Kmpl in the diesel and petrol version.
Here are the advantages of owning a Linea Classic.
• The car has a solid body and a powerful engine. The dimension of Linea Classic is one of the best in the given price range. • The exterior of this sedan has a large chrome Fiat Logo within the silver grille. Linea Classic looks sleek and stylish externally. • Overall the car offers superb ride quality with strong suspension, entirely remaining unaffected by the condition of roads. • You find a huge 500 Litres boot space for family holidays in this vehicle.
Detailed below are the cons of driving Linea Classic.
• The infotainment system needs a serious uplift. Features like a large touchscreen and USB slot should have been present in this car. • The alloy wheels of Linea are also absent here. • Air does not have a climate control system, which is a regular feature in most of the new-age sedan.
Overall we can say, it is worth buying Fiat Linea Classic if you love spacious cars. However, many advanced features are absent in the interiors to reduce the cost of this vehicle.