Fiat Linea Classic Facelift First Drive & Gearbox

Fiat Linea Classic Overview

Less is good, right? Fiat thinks so, which is why they’ve just launched the Fiat Linea Classic in New Delhi. For those who’ve always wanted to own Linea but weren’t ready to pay Rs 7.12 Lakh , well, Fiat has answered your prayers with the Linea Classic.

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Starting at Rs 5.99 Lakh, Fiat has gone way too aggressive with the pricing of the sensational sedan. Design wise, it looks identical to any Fiat Linea that you’d normally spot on the road, though the “Classic” badge at the rear is a dead giveaway. Looking around the Classic, one can easily spot the consequences of the aggressive pricing. Test drive for Fiat Linea Classic

Fiat Linea Classic Exteriors

It seems the Linea was not designed by engineers but by an artist in the serene meadows of Italy. In modern times, where aggression and fierce looking cars are in vogue, the Linea chooses to illustrate relaxed lines.This voluptuous looking sedan is the biggest in its class. Designed in ““Centro Stile Fiat”, the design centre in Turin, the Linea is based on the same platform as Grande Punto. Both the cars have the same design philosophy where the classic styling meets the modern trend.

A facelift for the existing Linea is just round the corner. It gets a grand radiator grille with inter linked slats. The large headlights with twin barrel lamps look very elegant. The bonnet does not feature unnecessary crease lines and just flows to the windshield. It also offers rain sensing wipers and dark sensing auto headlights. The T-Jet badging also features on the radiator grille which looks like a typical RS-esque of Skoda.

The long stretched look of the Linea Classic makes it look very subtle yet impressive. It also offers a ground clearance of 185mm which is the best for tackling bad roads. It gets chrome under window line as well as chrome lines on the doors too. The ORVMs are very nicely planted on the front doors and are body coloured. These mirrors can be adjusted electrically. It could have done with turn indicators embedded in them but perhaps the Italians thought it would spoil the design.

Since this is the T-Jet variant, it gets a boot lid spoiler and chrome exhaust to highlight its sporty nature. The exhaust pipe does not blend well with the overall design as it sticks out in a weird way. But overall, the Linea comes across as a very beautiful car to look at. It is a welcome change over the out-of-the-production-line looking types.

Fiat Linea Classic Interiors

On the interior front, the Linea Classic lacks quite a lot of equipment you will find in cars of a similar price. Manually adjustable rear view mirrors aren’t very welcome at this price point as even hatchbacks are now coming with electrically adjustable ORVMs. Cost cutting is evident at several places. Although the car has four power windows, the driver side door has controls only for the front two power windows. The classy white Linea cluster is missing too but what’s really shocking is the spare wheel, which is a space saver of size 165/80/14, when the car runs on a tad bigger 175/70/14 tyres. Other things missing include keyless entry, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted audio controls, etc.

On the brighter side, Fiat has retained one touch power windows, twin glovebox, multi-information display, follow me home headlamps and rear centre arm rest on the Linea Classic. The vehicle also turns off the headlights on its own if you forget to do so. Space inside the cabin of the Linea is generous although the sloping roof line does eat into the headroom of rear seat passengers. The seats are firm but comfortable and the visibility all around is good too, thanks to the large glass area. Fifth passenger isn’t going to be comfortable inside the Linea as the hump is significant and the seat back has the arm rest.For Linea Classic check pasear-w.com 

Fiat makes some solid cars and the Linea Classic is no exception. The vehicle feels well put together and the doors shut with a resounding thud. The AC is a chiller and the audio system offers decent sound quality. The Linea is the only car in its segment which comes with double-blade wipers which clean the windshield brilliantly. So as far as the cabin goes, the Linea Classic does offer more than its rivals with more solidity and a generous boot which can hold 500-litres of luggage.

Fiat Linea Classic Performance

When Fiat launched the Linea Classic, we all were skeptical about how it would perform as the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine only outputs 75 BHP of power and 190 Nm of torque, which is down on the regular Linea’s 90 HP and 209 Nm. Considering the regular Linea isn’t quick and the Linea Classic also weighs as much, we were expecting disappointing performance. However the Linea Classic has surprised us with the way it moves. The engine lacks VGT which has somehow become a blessing for the car in city conditions. Unlike the VGT equipped Linea diesel, this lower output motor has turbolag well contained which gives it slick performance in the city.

The Linea Classic’s mill is very tractable and power delivery is linear. You will never feel the lack of ponies in city conditions. Want to amble around town at 20 km/hr, sure you can do that in third gear without a hitch. 100 km/hr comes up in third gear near the redline while cruising on the highways in top gear at 100 km/hr will make the tacho needle tick at around 2500 RPM. What further complements the Linea Classic’s drivability is the light clutch with a dead pedal although the gearbox is a bit resistant and isn’t a fast shifting unit. One can expect a mileage of 14 km/l in the city and 16 km/l on the highway with 100% AC usage.

The meat of the performance comes between 2000-3500 RPM and post that the Linea Classic’ powerplant really starts to lose breath. NVH levels are good in the lower part of the powerband but once past 3000 RPM, the oil burner starts becoming audible and is very loud post 4000 RPM. The motor itself is very lethargic in the higher end of the power band and redline comes in at 5100 RPM. This isn’t a car you would want to rev hard as there is no top end power. Thus the Linea Classic doesn’t far well in outright acceleration and 0-100 km/hr takes around 18 seconds. You need to downshift on the highways to get going while overtaking.

Fiat Linea Classic Driving

The suspension setup is as best as it can be in this segment. Be it broken roads, speed breakers etc nothing feels uncomfortable. The soft spring suspensions can absorb anything. Even at high speeds, the car seems very much planted on the road and does not drift away when thrown on tight corners. Braking of Linea is decent similar to the other variants. If you enjoy driving petrol cars, then the Linea is definitely a car one would enjoy driving. It scores very high on fun factor but then the fuel efficiency is the least compared to other versions. The company claims an ARAI mileage of 15.7 Kmpl whereas we got a realistic 10 kmpl.

Fiat Linea Classic Safety

The Fiat Linea Classic feature anti-lock braking system in Classic plus and Classic plus alloy wheel variant of Multijet diesel version. The safety features such as engine immobilizer, double crank prevention system, fire prevention system are available in all Linea Classic variants.

Fiat Linea Classic Price in Gurgaon

Fiat Linea Classic On-Road Price in Gurgaon ranges from 7,26,361 to 9,26,793 for variants Linea Classic 1.3L Multijet Plus and Linea Classic 1.3L Multijet Classic respectively. Fiat Linea Classic is available in 3 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Fiat Linea Classic variants price in Gurgaon. Check for Linea Classic price in Gurgaon at Carzprice.

Fiat Linea Classic Verdict

The main strength of Linea Classic is its high-quality engine and strong build quality and the growing service network which was a major setback earlier. And the competitive price tag has certainly given it a good boost in sales figures as well.Fiat Linea Classic competes with Hyundai Verna, Renault Scala, Nissan Sunny, MarutiSuzukiCiaz, Honda City, Skoda Rapid.

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