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Fiat Linea T-JET
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Strong Areas

  • Beautiful flawless design
  • Best-in-class ground clearance
  • Class leading dynamic abilities 
  • Feature loaded functional cabin 
  • Powerful turbocharged petrol engine 

Weak Areas

  • Poor driver`s vision
  • Lacks finesse in fit-finish
  • Compact rear seat space
  • Small dealership network
  • Unanimated diesel performance
Fiat Linea T-JET
 
 

Fiat Linea T Jet 1.4

The more powerful version of petrol Fiat Linea, T Jet makes the cosmopolitan sedan a better value for money proposition.

 


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Amongst the several models that Fiat Linea now comes in we also have the petrol driven T-Jet - a well built saloon whose 1368 cc 4 cylinder engine has been tuned for 113 bhp and 21.1 kgm of torque. This does sound better than the regular petrol saloon with 88 bhp 11.7 kgm torque producing engine.

In fact the one flaw with regular Linea is its lack of zeal for long highway drives. So the Italian carmaker added a new variant with some more ponies. This makes the classy looking beauty a more energetic performer.

So how does Fiat Linea work with its more powerful motor? Ecardlr has an all inclusive report: 
 
Exteriors 
 
Let’s begin with the looks and the features that cast very first impression. Externally, Linea T Jet is the same as usual Linea. Italians are known to be good designers and the coupe like silhouette of this car is a major attraction. A thick strip of chrome lower down the door panels and flared wheel arches are other features that draw attention when Fiat Linea T Jet is viewed from the sides. Thanks to 16 inch alloys the wheel well fills better than the ones on regular Linea with 15 inchers. A full size wheel is also provided. The body coloured ORVMs have been mounted in a stylish manner. But Fiat still uses those flappy door handles for Linea and Punto and these look old fashioned when compared to the pull type grab handles on modern cars.
 
                            
 
The front design is sleek and classy with that large dual port, chrome lined grille extending down the bumper. Dual barrel headlamps look pretty but Fiat needs to improve the luminosity of these lights. Follow me home feature on the headlamps is an add-on that some owners find very useful. Front fog lamps on this car are aesthetically and functionally beautiful.

At the rear a principal difference between Linea and Linea T Jet is the exposed exhaust tip of the car. It protrudes out and hangs quite low. Again, chrome lining on the rear bumper is well suited to Indian tastes. 
 
Interiors 
 
The strong build quality of Linea T Jet reflects in the loud thud that results from closing the doors. At the same time, the coupe like roofline is not practically designed and passengers getting into the rear part of the cabin need to be careful lest they bang their head against the roof edge. 
 
Two tone interiors with seats in a darker shade look pleasing. However the quality of leather upholstery is not very impressive and the plastics have a hard if not crude feel.
 
                             
 
On the instrument console, chrome ringed analogue dials are in white colour with black digits. The small information display screen in between has a digital clock and when it displays the door ajar warning it also tells you the actual door left open. This is neat! Other info given by the instrument panel includes external temperature display, service reminder, a customisable speed limit buzzer and real time mileage indicator. Electronic tripmeter is also standard for all variants of T Jet. With "My Car" feature you can customise different aspects of your sedan. This includes activation and deactivation of passenger airbag, controlling the buzzer & beep volumes, and automatic locking of doors upon driving if desired. 
 
In the cockpit, seat comfort is pretty good and there is a centre armrest (even if it’s little oddly positioned). Driver’s seat is adjustable for height though not in the base (Active) variant. Rear seats are well designed and feel luxurious with excellent back and thigh support. But the car is better suited for only four people. Taller passengers may experience some shortage of headroom. 
 
Automatic climate control in mid and top segment variants works very well and better than the one in regular Linea. Base trim has an effective manual HVAC. For an entertaining drive you get integrated audio system with radio and CD/MP3 player. Mid and top segment variants also have USB port and steering mounted controls.  A handy remote control is provided for the passengers. Bluetooth connectivity enables you to make and receive handsfree phone calls, listen to your messages and change music tracks.
    
                       
 
Space utilisation and packaging is not very well planned and even the cubby holes are tad small. You can’t slip in any bottle in the door pockets. But that large boot with a capacity of 500 litres is roomy enough to hold your family trip luggage. 
 
So the cabin does have its good and bad points in terms of aesthetics and ergonomics. On the safety front Fiat has loaded the car with numerous essentials – there is anti lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution , dual stage front airbags with early crash sensors, central door locking, engine immobilizer with rolling code and fire prevention system among others. Seat belt reminder beep is really loud if you forget to buckle up!
 
Engine, Transmission and Performance 
 
The ignition console is once again poorly assembled and you really need to look when you are inserting the key to spark off the ignition. At idling Fiat Linea T Jet can get loud but this is not really because of the 1368 cc petrol engine – that is refined. The racket is produced when the radiator and air conditioner fans are running. Nevertheless, idling the turbo is good for about a minute, before and after each drive. 
 
This 1.4 litre petrol engine makes Linea T Jet more powerful than VW Vento. But the turbo lag is felt below 1500 rpm. Above the 1700 rpm mark you will find this car peppy enough to run in city traffic. From 2000 rpm the power delivery gets stronger and this continues all the way to 6000 rpm. The engine does start feeling strained once the needle crosses 5000 mark on rev counter. The actual strength of this motor is its remarkable torque of 21.1 kgm (that comes at 2000 rpm). This is much better than Vento's spec of 14.9 kgm.
 
                  
 
As a nimble car T jet completely outperforms its sibling the regular Linea. When the accelerator pedal is floored you will see that it attains the 0-100 km/hour dash in just 11.5 seconds which is 3.64 seconds faster than the old car. When the turbo runs at full spool at about 2200 rpm the spike in power is sensed and the T Jet truly pushes you back in the seat. The car could have been quicker if it was not for its heavy kerb weight of 1230 kg. 
 
You enjoy revving this saloon all the way up to 5500 rpm and thence onwards the engine starts to feel exhausted. The maximum power of 144 bhp comes earlier at 5000 rpm and the rev limit comes at 6600. So it is best to drive the T Jet in punchy mid range and up to 5500 rpm on highways. Gear ratios have been changed significantly and you will enjoy working through the cogs but driving with a turbo means that you will have to change your gear pattern as you drive, particularly in the city. This is because the turbo kicks in only after 2000 rpm. So if you find yourself in wrong gear and need to overtake suddenly the effort will be wasted as the engine loses boost. On a positive note, overtaking ability is noticeably better than plain vanilla Linea. If you are revving little over 2000 rpm you would not even need to shift down the gear.
 
Speed of 150 km/hour is achievable but considering traffic conditions even on our highways getting to the claimed top speed (186 km/hour) seems impractical and unsafe. In-gear performance of this car is also fine even with the turbo that comes only after 2000 rpm. 
 
The gearshift quality will not be appreciated by driving enthusiasts. The throws are long and the shift is rubbery. It’s not the slick manual transmission that you get with Volkswagen Vento. The clutch pedal however is light. A short stubby gear shift could have been more in line with the nature of this car. Automatic transmission would also be a welcome feature for Linea.

Ride and Handling

Ride quality within the city is good as is also the case with other Lineas. Fiat’s work on suspension calibration is remarkable and like a prime European car T Jet keeps you comfortable while ambling in the city. Most undulations on the road do not filter through the cabin. Even on highway speeds you will not always need to slow down on broken tarmac. There is some bobbing over really big bumps on road and the handling does not feel sharp then. It is a flat ride for most part and road grip remains admirable. That said, the ride quality of the less powerful version of Linea is still better. 
 
The hydraulic steering wheel has good feel especially at speeds but you can maneuver the car quite easily in city traffic conditions and parking zones too. Linea T Jet remains well in control around the corners and there is not much of body roll. Actually the chassis composure and road grip around fast sweeping corners is really admirable. Braking capability is another strength of this car. Linea T Jet also has a better ground clearance than the regular sedan with its bigger wheels and tyres. 
 
Fuel Economy 
 
Like its siblings, Linea T Jet too is not a fuel efficient car though its FE figures are slightly better than the model with 88 bhp, 11.7 kgm torque producing engine. So you can get 10.3 km/litre in city and 15 km/hour on the highways. Disappointing? Not much if you consider the improved turbo boost while driving this car in city.
 
Verdict 
 
An efficient car that pleases owners with its practicality and driving dynamics, Fiat Linea T Jet is promising and reliable. This one should have been part of Linea’s line up in India from day one. If you are looking for a driver’s saloon within Rs 10 lakh range, it is a good choice. It is just Fiat’s after sale service that keeps some people sceptical about the brand but Linea T Jet also comes with 3 years / 100000 kms warranty. 
 
The three variants available Active P, Dynamic and Emotion cost Rs 7.69 lakhs, 8.52 lakhs and 8.94 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi) respectively. 
 
Comfort: 4/5
 
Refinement: 3.5/5
 
Safety: 4/5
 
Ride: 4/5
 
Handling: 3.5/5
 
Value for Money: 4/5

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