Fiat Linea Test Drive

Posted by admin at January 21st, 2009 under Auto Pictorial Review |

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Fiat Linea Pictorial Review – exteriors

A true leader is not who never losses but who has the ability to come back strongly after the loss.  Fiat wants to be a leader. Fiat who once ruled the market now struggling to revive its glory. To make a mark again in India, Fiat has reorganised and overhauled its India operations. It tied up with Tata Motors for joint distribution and manufacturing of cars. Last year it promised exciting cars for the Indian market. In 2008,  Fiat launched 500 cinquecento. Fiat kickstarts 2009 with linea, while the former is just a brand buliding exercise, this launch is siginificant and litmus test for fiat. Let’s check out Fiat’s new linea, can it turnaround the fortune for Fiat India???

Fiat Linea: This is not a car you will come across everyday. Linea is special, this kind of styling you won’t find any other car. The ferrari maker has done what it is best known for. It’s true that linea is nothing but flowing lines. Every where there is eye catching curved shapes, you can’t find a rectangular structure. Every forms and shapes excites you, nothing you would have seen before.

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Fiat Linea: The design is unmistakably italian, parabolic drop like headlamps nicely sits on the sides of the masculine larger chrome grille. Rakish windscreen and bonnet are homogeneous thus dynamism is ensured even when the car is standstill. The 15″ alloy wheels, chunky rear view mirrors and flared up wheel arches gives a sleek side profile for the linea. The rear is simple and uncluttered. Look the linea from any angle, it cool. Admiration guaranteed.

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Fiat Linea: Linea comes with two engine options. 1.4L Petrol engine is a Fiat’s popular Fully integrated robotised engine’ (FIRE) unit oozing out max power of 90PS and 115Nm of max torque at 4500rpm. Our test drive car is a diesel one and under the hood it has the most successful award winning 1.3-litre 16v MultiJet diesel. Fiat has put in VGT (Variable Geometry Turbo) and tuned up the engine for more power. Multijet diesel generates 86PS of peak power at 4000rpm and 203Nm of peak torque at 2500rpm.

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Fiat Linea: Switch on the ignition, you know whether its a diesel or a petrol. But as start flooring the accelerator you can listen the diesel clatter that creeps into the cabin. But on the performance front, this multijet is a gem, it is perky and loves to be revived. There is no discern-able turbo lag. Light gearbox offers precise shift and linea is most driveable in the city. Out on the highway the things change otherwise. While the 120kmph comes quicker, the needles struggles to move after that. The engine turns noisy at higher speeds. However the multijet again proves its frugal character, even while towing 1200kg linea it returns a mileage of 14kmpl.

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Fiat Linea: Though the steering is not light, it is responsive. Linea’s Mcpherson strut and non independent torison beam suspension set up makes it a impressive handler. Throw her into a corner at high speed, turn the wheel still it goes in the intended direction. 195/60 tyres offers impressive grip and brakes delivers a decent bite.

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Fiat Linea: Linea is available in four colours – flamenco red, minimal grey, parla champagne and hip hop black. Thankfully we got the hip hop black linea for our test drive. It is gorgeous and the black colour gives a premium feel. If you are going to book a linea, do have a look at the hip hop black.

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  1. Calve sateesh says:

    Hi, I want to know more about the Petrol version as i was zapped by the looks of the car. Does the car sport the same Petrol engine wherever it is sold internationally or is this engine a India Specific

  2. Nikhil Belsare says:

    I have been following this blog for a while now. One thing I couldn’t help but notice is that the quality of some of the newer posts is not good. Particularly the language and the grammar. At some places prepositions are gobbled. While at others incorrect tenses are used. Please proof-read your stuff before posting. It may drive away your regular readers.

  3. P.Syam Sunder says:

    Hi, How do you rate petrol linea vs SX4 and CITY with respect to driving comfort, Noise in side while driving suspension etc. More or less every manufacturer is giving all features like airbag,ABS etc . Same way Ford Fiasta vs linea vs verna. 90% of my drive is in city. Can some one advice which one is best for city drive and having maximum driving comfort?

  4. Ankit Joshi says:

    yaa i like this car very much. if anyone look something diffent and a bit to put on with some class then this is the right car usually ford maruti car roming around every where this is the car who give an statment very evening when you come across local market everyone seeking for the name of car and one thing i notice if you see gril in front side it give an rough look of audi styling and also due to sedan class car it manipute it low priczing index many of people in my city when look it from front side then came out with prices like 12 13-15 and a man with 19 lakhs. respected blogger stand for hiphop black yaa it amazing and fulfill an younger and also proffensional looks about mileage it run it upto 100 Km it soozzz and achive 100+ in few sec and retun very easily like it acsilater do.and give remarkable avg at hiway 17-18.03 and at city it just touch 15.45

  5. Cliford Shelton says:

    The black linea sure is a great looker… i suppose this is the dynamic version of the linea isn’t it? did anyone get to look at the active version? the cheapest one around… but doesn’t sport the silver grill in front… i am planning to buy one… but want to badly have a look at a black active version.. to decide if the extra 40k for the dynamic is worth it…

  6. pankaj says:

    I own a linea top model fully loaded version. lot of problems: 1. air conditioner does not work effectively, you feel like sitting in front of a cooler not an AC 2. the mileage is 5-8kmpl. i have decent driving skills. i drive an maruti esteem as well as get 14kmpl out of that. 3. finishing of the car is not good – you will find many loose ends, especially in the bonnet 4. service centre is pathetic. just visit them once and see for yourself – no one to attend to the customer. no delivery on time (it takes 2 days for them to service, you give the car today and get it tomorrow!!) best part is, my car is only 20days old and these are the set of problems i face… imaging the older ones :) btw, you can test drive one vehicle which is old and you will notice the gear box is not smooth at all.

  7. Prasanna says:

    I feel there are a lot of crooks writing fake reviews on websites.Maybe they are paid for it . Anyway, I feel that people must include pictures for a review.

  8. AJAY says:

    @PANKAJ – I KNOW YOUR REVIEW IS PURELY FAKE. I OWN EMOTION PK PETROL LINEA WHICH GIVES ME A HIGHWAY MILEAGE OF SHARP 17 KMPL WHEN TWO PEOPLE IN CAR. AC IS PRETTY GOOD WHICH HAS ALSO REAR AC. HOWEVER IT MIGHT NOT BE AS GOOD AS HONDA CITY , STILL IT IS PRETTY GOOD AND NOT PATHETIC MY DEAR. AND SERVICE CENTRE IS PRETTY DECENT AND MUCH MUCH IMPROVED THESE DAYS. DONT QUESTION ABOUT LINEA’s BUILD AND FINISH QUALITY. ITS SIMPLY SUPERB AND BETTER THAN ITS COUNTERPARTS.

  9. Vg says:

    Chutiya ajay

  10. vaibhava says:

    A star is a true city car and can meet all the requirements of a city car. Good fuel efficiency and great design.Fuel economy is what matters most these days as the concern for the environment is up most.You simply fall in love with this small bundle of energy and vivaciousness.

  11. srini says:

    Maruti Suzuki SX4 is definitely one of the dominant leaders in its category. An excellent performance and exceptional looks make it a dream machine.Excellent, good looking, comfortable and stylish car. It is really value for money and a hard competitor for cars in its segments. Maruti Udyog has proved its worth once again in Indian car market.

  12. mohit says:

    pankaj,i think u dont own it thats why u r jealous of it..i have linea fire,it is absolutely awesome,giving me 13kmpl in city with no problems…

  13. mohit says:

    vg ..maa chuda..

  14. Hallie Atthowe says:

    Very nice article, just what I wanted to find.

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