Fiat Linea Classic Overview
The Fiat in India has a great reputation of highly reliable engines and long lasting build quality of cars. Fiat Linea classic is one such sedan that has been in the Indian car market for many years and has been upgraded few times as well. The latest edition of it is loaded with sophisticated equipment and advanced Fiat Linea Classic features get it a classic on-road image. Linea Classic is available in petrol and diesel versions as Classic Active petrol and Classic Dynamic diesel. In diesel version, three variants available such as Classic Multijet, Classic Plus Multijet, Classic Plus Multijet with alloy wheels. Linea Classic Price in Mumbai at CarzPrice
Fiat Linea Classic Exterior
As we mentioned, we are glad about how Fiat has left the exterior almost untouched on the Linea Classic with the exception of a few features. At first glance, the Linea Classic looks like a regular Linea. There are no cues that suggest the missing bits and pieces. But maybe it is due to the fact that the only missing bits on the Linea Classic on the exterior front are the Alloy Wheels and the Fog Lamps. The Linea Classic still feels more expensive than it actually is. With a large satin silver grille flanked by two large dual-barreled headlamps, the Maserati references are quite obvious.
Although the only hint of chrome on the Fiat Linea Classic is the large Fiat logo indented into the radiator grille and a thin chrome surround that envelopes the grille, the Linea still looks just as regal and mature as anything else in it’s segment. As we mentioned, the beautiful multispoke alloy wheels have been replaced by a set of 15 inch steel wheels adoring well-crafted wheel covers however, the Classic Plus variant does get the alloy wheels from the older Linea as standard spec. From the sides too, the Linea is just as before with it’s large proportions accentuated elegantly by the use of well-placed creases and muscular wheel arches making it look classy, especially in the right color.
Fiat Linea Classic Interior
Step inside and you will immediately appreciate the all new dashboard which has a very premium touch to it. Quality levels immediately feel a notch up over the old model with the plastics now being soft touch. Without doubt the new dashboard bring a dose of freshness to the Linea. The design is well executed and has an Italian feel. The use of colours is also well done, with the top of the dashboard getting black colour while the centre uses light beige (with an interesting pattern) and glossy black finish used on the centre console and audio system. Fiat has also added ambient lightning to the car, whose orange colour uplifts the mood in the cabin.
The instrument cluster is all new as well, taken heavy inspiration from the now defunct Bravo. The new cluster has large pods for the speedometer and tachometer (with smaller ones for the temperature and fuel gauges) with a large rectangular display in between for the multi-information system (which shows an array of data) and other tell-tale functions. At first glance, the cluster doesn’t appear as easy to read on the move as the one on the old Linea but with time it grows on you. The old Linea had an open storage space right above the centre AC vents, the new one has a closed one. One cup holder has been removed at the front, right below the AC controls as Fiat has now placed the AUX and USB ports in lieu.
The Fiat Linea has always come loaded and the new model isn’t any different. In fact Fiat has only added features like the top-end variant now gets Cruise Control, a feature of not much use in India. Other features include dual airbags, ABS, leather seats, rear windshield curtain, automatic headlights and wipers (standard on all variants), 16-inch alloy wheels (15-inch on the lower trims), reverse parking sensors (which don’t beep right into your right ear like on the old model), Bluetooth audio system with good sound output, etc. Space inside the cabin is almost unaffected and you continue to get decent interior room with all seats offering good all round support but rear legroom is just about average. The roof lining is very neat but tall passengers will find headroom at a premium at the rear.
The Fiat Linea feels like a tank, build quality is exceptional and you really need to put in some efforts to close the doors, they are just so heavy. The AC chills in no time and we particularly like the way the AC vents are shaped in the new model. The glove box is all new as well and is decently big with a cooling function which has a light and two separate compartments (USB port has been shifted out). The steering wheel is among the few parts on the dashboard which has been carried over from the old car but we aren’t complaining as the steering is one of the best to hold with the right contours. The boot space is decent but ironically the Emotion variant which comes with 205/55/16 alloys comes with a 195/60/15 steel rim space saver.
Fiat Linea Classic Engine & Transmission
The biggest change in the new Fiat Linea Classic is the less powerful engine. The Fiat Linea Classic is powered by the same 1.3 Litre Multijet Diesel the featured on the old Linea with one big difference. The Linea Classic’s 1.3 Multijet features the fixed geometry turbo as compared to the older car’s Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT), which means power is down from 90PS to 75PS. Although that is a 17 percent drop in power, the Linea manages to go about it’s business without much to complain. The lack of power is obvious though when the Linea is taken on the open highway, especially at slower speeds and lower gears. Once the Linea does get moving though, the high torque diesel motor provides enough power to appease any conventional Indian driver. Although we haven’t driven the Petrol powered Linea Classic yet, the power plant that powers it remains unchanged with 88PS.
We do have a bit to complain about the slightly spongy feel of the clutch and transmission overall. The clutch pedal throw most certainly needs some more optimization to make the Linea a little easier to drive. The gear shift too feels a little rubbery and is far from being accurate. The gear ratios too need a serious rethink. While first and second gears are extremely short making the powerband almost negligible, the Linea does settle down well from the third gear onwards making the Linea a very good highway cruiser.
Fiat Linea Classic Driving Dynamics
Fiat hasn’t made any mechanical changes to the Linea so driving dynamics are more or less the same as before. When we first drove the Linea in 2009, we instantly fell in love with it, being thoroughly impressed by its sharp handling characteristics. While Fiat has continued with the hydraulic power steering, the Linea (2012 onwards) hasn’t given the same feel to the driver as before, which is largely because the vehicle has had an increase in ground clearance to 190 mm. This has certainly ruined the sharp dynamics of the car and although it still is quite fun to pilot through a set of corners, it doesn’t give you the same surefooted feel as before.
The steering too lacks the razor sharp precision you would expect from a hydraulic unit but the wide tyres give plenty of grip even while cornering really hard. However high speed stability isn’t as good as before (pre-2012) although the Linea is relatively poised at expressway speeds. Braking performance is good and so is the NVH levels inside the cabin. What is stupendous though is the ride quality, the Linea’s suspension absorbing everything in its path with authority and not transferring any bump to the occupants. The weight of the car can be felt though which is both a good and bad thing.
Fiat Linea Classic Braking and Safety
Fiat Linea Price
Fiat Linea Classic Ex-Showroom Price in ranges from 6,44,713/- (Linea Classic 1.4 L P Classic) to 8,06,877/- (Linea Classic 1.3L Multijet Plus). Get best offers for Fiat Linea Classic from Fiat Dealers
Fiat Linea Conclussion
We cannot say this enough but the Linea Classic is beautiful. Possibly one of the most beautiful saloons India will see for a long long time to come considering recent trends in design. The Linea Classic also handles exceptionally well. Infact, it is better than all it’s similarly priced rivals here too. It is a tad low on power compared to it’s predecessors and is definitely far less equipped that its rivals. Going up against the likes of the Honda Amaze and the Swift Dzire might certainly be something that Fiat never intended to do but by placing the new Linea Classic in a similar price bracket they have done just that.
On the whole, the Linea is an excellent value for money package if you are looking for a larger car that doesn’t cost as much as one would imagine. We also think that the new Fiat Linea Classic will do extremely well with the fleet operator segment and hotel owners looking to add a bit of class to their range. And with Fiat gearing up in a big way with over 100 showrooms by the end of this year, we foresee a drastic change in the way the general public perceive Fiats in general.