Fiat Linea Review & First Drive

Fiat Linea Overview

Fiat Linea received a more powerful variant to its range ‘125 S’, delivering upgraded power akin to its name. Based on the regular Linea, it sources power from the 1.4 litre T-jet petrol engine calibrated to produce 123bhp of power as against the 87bhp developed by the regular petrol variant. Other than this, the sedan comes in two more variants powered by the 1.4 litre petrol and 1.3 litre Advanced Multijet diesel engine. Aesthetically, it looks largely similar to the standard model, sporting additional features.

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Rivalling the likes of Hyundai Verna and Honda City in the C segment, Linea gets a new 123bhp 1.4 litre T-Jet petrol engine making it the most powerful sedan in the segment. The diesel range draws power from the 1.3 litre Multijet engine pumping out 90bhp and petrol variants plonk a 1.4 litre Fire petrol engine making 87bhp. All these engines are mated to the five-speed manual transmission missing out on the auto-box. On the feature front, Linea sports a new 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Map my India navigation, Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity. It also comes with goodies including rear view camera, dual stage driver airbags, rear disc brakes and ambient lighting. Test drive for Fiat Linea .

Fiat Linea Design & Look

The 125 S features the same design traits as the facelifted Linea that was launched in 2014. The layout is clean as ever with the only new addition being the ‘125 S’ plastic sticker that sits beneath the T-Jet badge on the boot. It’s still contemporary and the car’s classy persona is supported by elements like the slim chrome strip in the air dam, chrome slat in the rear bumper and of course, the distinctive oval muffler tip.

However, what we would’ve liked is more radical colour options or just something to add that all-important feel-good factor for a buyer who’s making such a ‘heart-first’ decision. We fell in love with the ‘Safire Blue’ paint scheme and black alloy wheels of the 125 S when it was showcased at the auto expo earlier this year. For some reason, Fiat has opted against offering either one these options, which is a let-down.

Fiat Linea Cabin & Space

The Linea 125 S is very similar to its lesser-powered sibling on the inside, with the exception of a new touchscreen for the infotainment system, replete with navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.The dashboard is attractive in design, with a large swath of soft-touch plastic sandwiched between hard, scratchy plastics. The touchscreen is quite tiny, though it is easy to use and features high-definition display. The only grouse is the positioning of the unit itself which is a bit low requiring you to take your gaze quite far off from the road.

One of the Linea’s biggest problems has not been rectified with the 125 S – the poor driver-seating position. The steering wheel juts out too much and the long-travel clutch and other pedals are located too far away, compelling you into a stretched out position. The front seats, however, are large and comfortable. The rear is not the most spacious in the segment, and headroom is particularly tight, and while the seat is generally comfortable, the seatback is a bit flat.The equipment list is still strong, with navigation, automatic headlights, auto AC and rain-sensing wipers, to name a few. The remote-operable boot is a roomy 500 litres, though access to it is restricted by a narrow and high loading lip.

Fiat Linea Engine & Transmission

The Linea 125S is powered by the same 1.4-litre turbocharged T-Jet petrol engine which does duty in the Linea T-Jet and Avventura. The Linea 125S gets a higher state of tune, though. The car now churns out 125bhp of power as again 112bhp of he regular Linea T-jet. This is the same engine that also powers the Abarth Punto and the Abarth 595 Competizione, but in different states of tune. The engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The Fiat Linea 125S is a scorcher and an extremely fun to drive machine. Fiat cars are known for their excellent ride and handling and also their precise steering feedback. The Fiat Linea 125S is not any different. This car is squarely aimed at self-driven enthusiasts.

Get behind the wheel and you will fall in love with it. The Linea T-JET was perfect and this one is just even better. Fiat cars are so much fun to drive and the Linea is another great example of it. The Linea T-JET is one of the most fun cars to drive and own.The Fiat Linea 125S delivers a fuel efficiency of around 10-14 km/l in a mix of city and highway driving.

Fiat Linea Driving Dynamics

As always, the Linea gives you that oh-so-desirable Euro-car ride quality. The car deals with potholes and road imperfections very well, keeping things comfortable in the cabin. It isn’t as settled as the Vento TSI at triple digits speeds, thanks to the 190mm ground clearance and comparatively softer suspension. However, it strikes a good balance of practicality and dynamics, and it won’t crash through potholes like the Volkswagen.

No surprises that the 125 S is a great handler too, and while the steering is a bit heavy, it translates to a very involving drive when things get spirited. The 205 section tyres offer great grip and look cool too, though the lack of mud flaps results in these wide wheels spattering the front doors/rear bumper with debris.The four-wheel disc brakes bite quite sharply and need some getting used to, but they are very reassuring and offer great stopping power. Something you will need with a car that can hit illegal speeds without breaking a sweat.

Fiat Linea Safety & Security

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 Price in Gurgaon

Fiat Linea On-Road Price in Gurgaon ranges from 8,06,897 to 11,20,985 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 Gurgaon. Check for Linea price in Gurgaon at Carzprice.

Fiat Linea Verdict

Fiat has done well to introduce the new updates and, true to its core values, the brand hasn’t shifted focus away from the driver. By giving the T-Jet motor more power, the Italians have made the 125 S one of the best driver’s cars you can buy at a reasonable price (Rs 10.46 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi).However, these token additions aren’t enough to make the Linea sell significantly better. Apart from Fiat’s sales and service network being more of a gamble than a bet, the Linea itself is showing its age and even Fiat lovers are shying away to more proven alternatives. The company needs to revamp its presence in India and go beyond the Linea-Punto formula to win over new buyers and reassure the loyalists that Fiat is indeed, crafted for car lovers.

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