Fiat Linea Facelift Performance & Test Drive

Fiat Linea Overview

The Fiat Linea has been in the market for a long time now. The automaker has been selling the same generation of the C-segment sedan since 2009 and that’s stretching it far too long. The Linea has, however, received a lot of updates over the years. This time around, Fiat has plonked in the 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine in a higher state of tune apart from a couple of new features. So let’s check out what the 2016 Linea 125S is all about. Book a test drive for Linea in Tryaldrive

Fiat Linea Look

The Fiat Linea 125S is based on the current generation Linea. t has got some cosmetic changes too. The Fiat Linea 125S looks premium no doubt and is also a desirable car. It was always a beautiful looking car and still is. The Linea can still give a run for their money to many a competition, even after so many years.The Fiat Linea 125S has a black coloured front grille with the outside ring plated in chrome. The headlamps remain the same as on other Lineas. The front bumper is also the same but it gets a black centre part. The fog lamp bezels are also black in colour and this gives it an urban car appeal. The rear portion is the same, the only difference being new 125S badge on the boot lid. There is also a chrome plated exhaust tip present, which adds to the sporty appeal in the car. Fiat hasn’t made any changes on the Linea as it was showcased at the Auto Expo.

Fiat Linea Comfort

The interiors of the Linea is where the biggest change has taken place. It has a newly designed instrument panel, which is similar to the previous Linea. However, it is the instrument cluster and the centre console that have been revised. The new instrument binnacle compromises of four-dials and an information reading system for the driver that has two trip readings, their average speed and fuel consumption and instant fuel efficiency.The centre console now has a newly designed music system and there is an inbuilt light for ambience lighting in the dark. The Blue and Me has been upgraded and now five phones can be paired, though only one can be used at a time. The Linea now even gets cruise control as a new feature along with reverse parking sensor. The Linea comes loaded with ABS, dual airbags, Bluetooth, auxiliary input, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers on the Emotion variant.

The space on the Linea remains the same. It has large and comfortable front row seating, however the steering can be adjusted only for tilt and not reach. The centre armrest has been made smaller and there is a slot for a cup holder, before the rear AC vent. The rear seating space is similar and there is sufficient kneeroom, the head room though is a bit tight for tall people. The support of the seats is good for the back and thigh could have been better. The boot too is large enough to gobble luggage of four for the weekend. The volume of the boot if given a number is 500 litres.

Fiat Linea Gearbox

The 2016 Fiat Linea 125S is powered by the same 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine that was also offered earlier. This time around, it is tuned to produce 125 HP of power which translates into an increase of 11 HP over the previous tune. Top whack comes in at 5000 RPM while peak torque of 210 Nm is churned out between 2000-3500 RPM. The engine comes mated to the same 5-speed manual gearbox and 0-100 km/hr timing is claimed to be 10.4 seconds (we timed it at 10.7 seconds on the VBOX). 100 km/hr in top gear comes in at 2500 RPM. Under hard acceleration, we did get some wheelspin in 1st and even 2nd gear!

The engine has brilliant pulling power right from low RPMs. Once the turbo kicks in post 2000 RPM, the Linea 125S accelerates like a rocket and the sheer feeling is thrilling. Power delivery continues all the way to higher RPMs and the sedan never feels out of breath. The engine loves to be revved all the way to 6500 RPM. In terms of fuel efficiency, the claimed figure is 14.2 km/l but we managed to extract 5-6 km/l under hard driving and 8-9 km/l under relaxed driving. The clutch has a very long travel but still doesn’t feel too heavy. The gearbox is notchy as before.

Fiat Linea Driving

The Linea comes with double-acting dampeners, which soften the ride of the sedan. It glides through potholes rather than crushing through them. This makes the ride suppleness excellent even on bumpy or bad surfaced roads. The suspension does a good job of absorbing the potholes as irons out the ride for the occupants.The handling of Linea is definitely one of the best in its segment. It has a smooth ride and still amazing handling too. Despite the increased ground clearance, the Linea does handle well. Even the steering wheel of the Linea is just amazing and the body control too. Fiats are loved by car enthusiasts and there is no reason why the Linea won’t be.

Fiat Linea Safety

The Fiat Linea 125S comes with ABS and dual front airbags. There is no other safety tech on offer. Fiat’s service has been pretty dismal and there are very few service centres in the country. This is one of the major downsides of even recommending the Linea to anyone. Ownership experience isn’t that great and with hardly any dealers in sight, where will you book your car?

Fiat Linea Price in Hyderabad

Fiat Linea Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,01,819/- (Linea 1.4L Active Fire) to 9,83,450/- (Linea 1.4L T JET Emotion 125 S). Get best offers for Fiat Linea from Fiat Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Linea price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Fiat Linea conclusion

The Linea is a spacious sedan with several brownies and the pricing is good too. The T-Jet will be our pick of the lot if you need a powerful and fun to drive sedan.Fiat has improved the Linea with the updated engine which provides thrilling performance. You even get a touchscreen infotainment system this time around. However, the car itself is very dated and there are definitely better products available for that price. The Fiat Linea 125S will probably be bought only by hardcore fanboys of the brand because for any other regular customer, the C-segment offers a plethora of other options.

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