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Fiat Linea Classic Hatchback First Drive & Overview

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. View offers on Fiat Cars from Fiat dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Fiat Linea Classic Style

The Fiat Linea Classic looks like the regular Linea but is devoid of many features. Thus on the exterior side, you will find the front fog lights, alloy wheels, body side moulding, chrome door handles and chrome lining on the doors missing. Now these features do add to the premium touch of the vehicle but the lack of it on the Linea Classic isn’t much of a bother because the car continues to look attractive even in lower trim. If anything, the lack of 15-inch wheels do rob away the beautiful stance of the car. Mind you, the Linea is a long car and by far the longest in its segment (4560 mm length) which means you will always have the feeling of driving something bigger than what you paid for.

Fiat Linea Classic Space

The interiors of the Linea have Italian styling influences. The beige and black interiors with the silver centre console is simple and most of the controls are user-friendly. The interiors have been ergonomically designed. The mirrors are electrically adjustable, but need to be folded manually. Driving at night is never an issue with the bright twin-barrel headlamps. The Linea has a centrally integrated audio system that plays a single disc with USB connectivity in the glove box which can be slightly difficult to locate. The controls that are mounted on the steering wheel control the audio system through the Blue&Me – some sub-menus of which like hooking up your phone via Bluetooth can take a bit of time to understand.

The seating position in the Linea is more than adequate. There are a fair number of storage spaces for knick-knacks, but there is a lack of functional cup holders in the Linea. The doors won’t hold any bottles, and keep a large-sized milkshake from McDonald’s in the cup holders ahead of the gear lever, and they will tip thanks to the protruding centre console. This brings the total number of useful cup holders in the Linea to two, both of which lie in the centre armrest at the rear.

Fiat Linea Classic Engine

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

Fiat has been known for giving a good blend of ride and handling in its cars. The Linea’s mature underpinnings means the Classic rides very well, better than the regular Linea thanks to the higher profile rubber. However handling isn’t as good due to the car being undertyred and the steering lacking the feel you expect from a Fiat car. Sure the hydraulic unit is heavy at low speeds and quick at high speeds but it isn’t feedback rich. There is pronounced body movement at high speed and that really robs away the feel from the car although the Linea remains firmly composed on the highways. Turning radius seems better thanks to the smaller wheels. Brakes are aided by ABS and offer very good stopping power, there is no EBD though.

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 Hyderabad

Fiat Linea Classic Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,55,365/- (Linea Classic 1.4 L P Classic) to 8,20,975/- (Linea Classic 1.3L Multijet Plus). Get best offers for Fiat Linea Classic from Fiat Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Linea Classic price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Fiat Linea Classic Conclusion

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.The Linea Classic competes in an extremely competitive segment – the C-segment sedan. It takes on the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and the Hyundai Verna. As of today, the car feels dated when compared to others but a lower price tag means it gets in to consideration for the car-buying decision.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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