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Fiat Linea Classic Facelift Review & First Drive

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 Look

The design of the Classic is very familiar as it happens to be the previous Linea. True to its Italian roots, the styling is bang on with the correct bits of everything everywhere. The front is graced by that detailed chrome grille, and that marks the end of chrome. The chrome strips on the sides and door handles, fog lamps and alloy wheels are gone. Yes we agree that those touches made the car look great from good, but no matter, the basic design is attractive enough to worry others in the segment. The body is so proportionate that this design will never get old. And the steel used for the body panels is thick and sturdy to last ages. And then it all ends at the smooth and serene rear.

Fiat Linea Classic Comfort

The inside of the Linea Classic is true to the name it carries. The styling is sober with a nice solid touch to all the switches and toggles. Cost cutting implies you do not get much in terms of kit here. You get a CD changer with four speakers, but no AUX/BlueTooth/USB. There are power windows on all four sides, but the driver can control only the front two from his end. Two glove boxes add a lot of convenience. The air conditioner is quiet effective and it really chills the cabin. The thing that we love most is the solid sturdy feel of the cabin. Everything is put together well and will last through ages. The seats are supportive but lack comfort. We believe long drives in these seats could get tiring. The steering is perfectly sized and weighed. However, a leather wrap would have been a welcome touch.

The Linea Classic is actually well equipped when you consider the list price of the car. Linea Classic’s longest wheelbase in the segment implies that there is ample space in the entire cabin. The only issue is headroom at the rear for taller passengers, which is not adequate. The boot space is very considerate with 500 litre capacity.

Fiat Linea Classic Gearbox

The variant that we are driving has a 1.3 litre Multijet diesel engine that produces 75bhp of maximum power and a healthy 197Nm of peak torque at a low 1750rpm. The petrol variant on offer has a 1.4 litre Fire unit that pumps out 89bhp of power and 115Nm of peak torque. Both these engines are mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The diesel variant is the pick here. It has a bagful of torque and combined with that quick shifting transmission, is a treat to drive. There is a slight lag before the turbo spools up, but then it has a lot of grunt to put many others in the segment to shame. Acceleration numbers are not scorching, but adequate to make the car exciting. We noted a good 160kmph on the highway, with still more in reserve.

The Fiat Linea Classic feature powerful and well-proven performance engine in both petrol and diesel versions. The famous 1.3L Multijet diesel engine is improvised for delivering quicker acceleration as compared to earlier version of the same. The strong suspension system designed absorb most of the road shocks assuring best of comfort and the tilt-adjustable steering system makes it easy for driving on congested roads and sharp turnings.The diesel version with 1248cc engine can deliver average mileage of 16.2kmpl in city conditions and up to 19.2kmpl which is also the Fiat Linea Classic mileage as per ARAI certification. In petrol version it can deliver upto 14.9kmpl in standard road conditions.

Fiat Linea Classic Rideing

The handling is perhaps the best bit about the Linea Classic. The steering is direct and tells you exactly what the front wheels are up to. Take it out for a spirited drive and you will come back with a fairly large smile plastered on your face. The ride quality is again very impressive. As it is a big sedan with 2603mm of wheelbase, and it feels big to drive as well. It stays planted to the tarmac on high speeds and ride quality evens out bumps for occupants. The suspension has been carefully adjusted for Indian roads and all you hear is a thud when you drive over a pothole. The clutch does get annoyingly jerky at low speeds, but it is a small price to pay for all the other advantages.

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 Hyderabad

Fiat Linea Classic Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,58,293/- (Linea Classic 1.4 L P Classic) to 8,24,061/- (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 Bottomline

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.

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