Fiat Linea Classic First Drive Review & Performance

Fiat Linea Classic Test  Drive

Fiat Linea Classic Overview

Fiat hasn’t had a great time in India recently, with its two-model line-up failing to bring buyers to its showrooms. Now, in a bid to recover its fortunes, the company will soon launch a facelifted Linea. It, however, won’t be phasing out the current car and will sell it alongside the new car. To make space for the facelift, the current car has been given a major price reduction and a new name. It’s now called the Linea Classic and is available with both petrol and diesel engines in two trims.

To go with the price cut, the diesel car is now powered by the detuned version of the 1.3-litre Multijet engine with mechanical changes that help save on costs. This is the same 75bhp state of tune as the Punto and Maruti Swift. To make up for the lack of power, the gearbox has been suitably modified so as to not hamper the car’s performance.

In real-world conditions, this has worked to an extent. In city traffic, the Fiat Linea Classic has enough grunt most of the time and it responds well when there is a need to pick up the pace. But a lack of power is apparent on more open roads. There is that slight hesitation at lower speeds that most small-capacity diesels have, but the sudden surge as the engine picks up speed is missing and it takes its time to respond too. Flat-out performance, however, is not too far off from the 89bhp Linea – the 75bhp Classic’s 18.92sec 0-100kph time is just 1.11sec slower.

Fiat Linea Classic Style

Its image is well designed with plenty of aesthetics that make it look very elegant. Its front fascia consists of a bumper which is in body color. This is available to all the variants as a standard feature. While the front radiator grille in the top end is in silver, rest have it in black. Whereas, grille has chrome over its surround. On its either sides, there are dual parabola headlamps integrated. Outside door handles as well as the outside rear view mirrors are painted in body tone. There are steel wheels integrated to all the trims, while the top end is offered with wheel covers. The rear end has a sleek boot lid with a pair of radiant tail lamps surrounding it. This also has a company emblem in the center along with the other standard variant badging as well.

Fiat Linea Classic Space

The Linea Classic comes with a grey dashboard with beige seats and accent pieces. The dashboard is quite similar to the Linea T-Jet though several features of the regular car are missing here. The Classic has a conventional knob-type air conditioning system in comparison to climate control offered in higher spec vehicles. The Classic Plus does get a climate control air conditioning option though. To know more details on Linea Classic check Trauma2011

The infotainment system also seems to be dated. The Blue and Me Bluetooth setup is missing along with USB and Aux input.The car also gets manually adjusted rear view mirrors instead of electronically adjusted ones. There are no steering mounted controls and the instrument binnacle has been revamped. The seats have also been revamped and are definitely not as comfortable as the regular sedan. However, there is ample space as compared to several vehicles at a similar price point. There is a supersized boot in place as well.

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. Apply car loan for Linea Classic.

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 Riding

With regards to the braking mechanism of this sedan, front wheels are equipped with ventilated disc brakes whereas, the rear ones have a pair of standard drum brakes. It is further integrated with an anti-lock braking system with an electronic brake-force distribution. This will allow the driver to have stronger control over the vehicle over all kinds of roads. In case of suspension, the front axle has an independent wheel whereas, the rear axle is mated with a torsion beam type suspension. These axles are integrated with helical coil springs with double acting telescopic dampers along with a stabilizer bar. A hydraulic based power assisted steering is bestowed for much efficient handling along with tilt adjustment facility. About 5.4 meters of its minimum turning radius is very useful, particularly on narrow roads.

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 Cost in Ahmedabad 

Fiat Linea Classic On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 7,20,729 to 9,16,836 for variants Linea Classic 1.4 L P Classic and Linea Classic 1.3L Multijet Plus respectively. Fiat Linea Classic is available in 3 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Fiat Linea Classic variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for Linea Classic price in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

Fiat Linea Classic Conclusion

The Linea Classic is definitely one of the most beautiful, spacious and comfortable sedans out there and the price point is particularly attractive as well. If you can make do with the lack of some features, this is the car for you. To know more about Fiat Cars in India, visit here for more details.

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