Fiat has always strived to bring forth some of the finest cars for its buyers over the years and they have also succeeded often. One such creation modelled by these Italians is the Fiat Linea which first saw the light of the day on March 26th, 2007 in Turkey. It was subsequently launched in other countries in different models and loaded with different engines, and finally delighted the Indian market in 2009.
The Fiat Linea looks both elegant and powerful at the same time as it has been decked with some nice features both externally and internally. This car has been given rather smart automatic traits that add a lot to its quality. For example, the headlamps that turn on and off automatically based on the outside light conditions, and the rain sensing wipers that also turn on automatically when rain is felt on the windscreen. These rain sensing wipers turn off by themselves too when the rain stops. The Linea also moves with finesse as its graceful alloy wheels grip the roads firmly (although it’s not available on all variants).
The inside of the Linea is also done up tastefully in premium Italian leather- trimmed upholstery in dual tone colours. It comes fully loaded with an automatic air conditioning system and an integrated hi-end music system. These however come in select models. Fiat Linea comes equipped with a special “My Car System” which is necessarily a computer information set-up with a digital interface that lets you choose different customizable settings for your car. These include digital odometer, external temperature indicator, date & clock setting, front passenger airbag deactivation and many more. A “Blue and Me” technology has also been embedded in the Dynamic and Emotion range which is a voice command activation technology with controls on the steering wheel for changing music, receiving calls and having text messages read aloud.
The Fiat Linea in India comes in four variants:
Fiat Linea Active which comes in two engine types: the 1.4 L Fire Petrol and 1.3 L Multijet Diesel
Fiat Linea Dynamic which comes in two engine types: the 1.4 L Fire Petrol and 1.3 L Multijet Diesel
Fiat Linea Emotion which comes in a single engine type: the 1.3 L Multijet Diesel and;
Fiat Linea T Jet which comes in three engine types: the 1.4 L T-Jet Active, 1.4 L T-Jet Dynamic and 1.4 L T-Jet Emotion.
The Linea comes with a fuel tank capacity of 45 litres and as per Fiat’s claims; the Linea Multijet engines efficiently gives a charming mileage of 20.4 kms/litre whereas the Linea Fire Petrol engine and the T Jet engine rolls out a mileage of 14.9 kms/litre and 15.7 kms/litre respectively. They come with a 5 speed manual transmission gear box.
The Linea comes laden with safety parameters but sadly these are not available on all variants. The Dynamic and Emotion range is equipped with Early Crash sensors, Dual stage front airbags and an Anti Lock Brake System. What is available however in all variants is - central door locking, driver seat belt warning lights and a Fire Prevention System or FPS. The Linea comes in a range of sophisticated colours to choose from such as Oceanic Blue, Tuscan White, Minimal Grey, Hip Hop Black and Pearl White. It has been priced between 7.12 lakhs and 9.55 lakhs (Ex Showroom price- Delhi).
Linea is no ordinary car and this is validated by the number of accolades that have been conferred on it in the recent years. In 2009, CNBC Overdrive awarded Linea the ‘Midsize Car of the year’. Later in 2010, it was awarded ‘Car of the year’ by UTVi Autocar and the ‘Midsize Car of the year’ by NDTV Profit.
The Fiat Linea is thus quite an appropriate vehicle for a small family car although only the upper variants have been gifted with tons of special qualities. Nonetheless, the car’s overall driveability and performance is quite brilliant to give a tough competition to others in its segment.