The Italian automobile maker Fiat first launched the Linea in the Bursa plant in Turkey in March 2007. In India, this car made a grand entry into the automobile market in September 2009. The sedan is available in 1.4 litres petrol, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, I.3 litres Multijet Diesel Active, I.3 litres Multijet Diesel Dynamic, and I.3 litres Multijet Diesel Emotion variants. The ex-showroom price starts from INR 7.16 lakhs, and petrol and diesel versions have certified fuel efficiencies of 14.9kmpl and 20kmpl respectively. Currently, Linea offers tough competitions to other sedans like Honda City, Toyota Etios, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento, and Hyundai Verna.
The Italians are remarkable for their sense of design and style, and it gets reflected in their automobiles as well. The front, as well as the rear end of Linea, is quite proportionate which offers a substantial aerodynamic advantage. The boot lid, bumper, and the cluster of lights are almost similar in both the ends. The front end has sufficient dose of elegance with a Maserati like bi-parted grille guarded on both the sides by pod lights. The chrome plated front with the Fiat badge in between exudes an International statement. The only distinguishing feature in the designs of the diesel and petrol version is the presence of ‘Multijet’ symbol. The cars are available in five premium shades- Minimal Grey, Hip Hop Black, New Pearl White, Magnesio Grey and Bronzo Tan.
Fiat Linea has an ergonomically structured cabin with many advanced features like electrical ORVMs; steering mounted audio controls, dual airbags, ABS, touchscreen infotainment system, and large glove box. You would find extensive use of soft-touch plastic neatly positioned in between the hard ones in the interiors. The car also has automatic headlights, air con, and rain sensing wipers. The space in the front and rear seats are large and comfortable for the riders. The spacious boot (500 Litres) is remotely operable, and the sedan outclasses various other automobiles in the same category regarding handling.!
Linea has two petrol and three diesel variants. The petrol versions get powered by 1368 CC turbojet engine with a maximum power of 123 bhp@5000 rpm, and torque of 207 Nm@2200 rpm. The sedan has four cylinders, and the power gets transmitted by 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The diesel version has a slightly toned down 1248 CC engine with a force of 92 bhp@5000 rpm and torque 210 Nm@2200 rpm. The other specifications are quite similar in both the fuel types. You will find alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyre size in this sedan.
Here are some of the advantages of riding the Fiat Linea.
• The car has strong built with the ergonomically designed elegant body. The firm suspension with the ability to swallow bumps and potholes and the light steering makes the riders zoom through the roads. • The 5-speed turbocharged 1.4 L engine offers sufficient power to Linea. • The engine-noise is quite low in the lower revs, which makes the drive comfortable. It provides one of the best low-speed rides in the segment. • The interior of the car is soft to touch, and the materials are of high-grade quality.
In spite of great design and style, there are some cons of owning Fiat Linea.
• The after sale service of Fiat in India needs improvement. • The infotainment system is not very large and requires upgrading. • At the higher revolutions, the engine noise becomes significant, which the riders do not expect from a top class sedan.
Finally, we can say the overall drivability of Fiat Linea is excellent; however, the after sales treatment of this automobile company has a vast scope of improvement.