There are reasons the New Fiat Linea is a favourite with enthusiasts and those who want a car to be admired in. It is competitively priced, offers features that match the best in the segment, has a fuel efficient engine choice for mile munchers and a sporty petrol engine choice for performance seekers.
Here are five reasons the New Fiat Linea is the best choice in its class. The New Linea could well be on its way to becoming one of the more popular choices too.
Biggest size, strongest build for the price
The New Fiat Linea is the longest car in its class at 4,596 mm in length (an increase of 36 mm from its predecessor). It’s also the strongest in its class, evident from the thickness of the doors and boot lid. They close with a solid thunk, compared to the tinny clank of some others. This thick metal is also evident in the slightly higher kerb weight of 1,268 kg for the diesel. The New Linea also has the longest wheelbase compared to others in the segment, such as the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento. Its wheelbase stands at 2,603 mm.
Yet when it comes to price, the New Linea is very competitively priced. Its petrol range starts at Rs. 7.44 lakh and goes up to Rs. 9.01 lakh for the top-end Emotion petrol variant. The diesel New Linea range starts at Rs. 8.15 lakh and goes up to Rs. 9.72 lakh for the fully loaded Emotion variant, which is still much lower than some of the others in the segment, such as the Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
Highest ground clearance in class
The New Fiat Linea has the highest ground clearance in its class, at 185 mm. In fact, the T-Jet Emotion variant has even higher clearance at 190 mm, which is more than some SUVs have! All the other cars in its segment have ground clearance under 170 mm. The Vento is at 168 mm, while the others are about 165 mm. Not just ground clearance, the New Fiat Linea also has a full under engine shield that protects it from stones on bad roads. This makes it an ideal car to tackle bad roads. It also has the biggest wheels in its class – with 205/55 R16 tyres. This combination of best ground clearance, chunky wheels and full underbody protection makes the New Linea well prepared to handle bad roads.
New Fiat Linea T-Jet has best torque in class
Performance seekers will tell you there’s nothing better than having a lot of torque on tap for that quick overtaking manoeuvre. And that’s what the New Fiat Linea T-Jet petrol offers. With its 1.4 litre turbo-charged petrol engine, it puts out 207 Nm of torque at 2,200 rpm, which is the best in class. This abundance of torque makes the New Linea T-jet a peppy performer, allowing drivers to just rev past the competition with the turbo-charger at full boost. The only other turbo-charged petrol car in that segment is the Vento TSI, but it makes lower torque of 175 Nm, while the Verna and City petrol variants are lower still.
Hydraulic steering offers good handling
The New Fiat Linea is one of the few cars to still offer hydraulic assist power steering. This provides a slightly heavier and more precise feel to the driver than what electric power assisted steering systems provide. Therefore, it also offers a much better driving feel. Combine that with a robust suspension system that is slightly stiff, reducing body roll in corners, yet providing a supple and pliant ride at high speeds, and you’ve got a winning combination. Enthusiasts love the feedback that the Linea’s steering offers of the road.
Best warranty coverage in segment
The New Fiat Linea offers the best warranty coverage in its segment, which means it offers the most peace of mind when it comes to ownership experience. Fiat offers a three-year, 100,000 km standard warranty on the New Linea, and also offers a 2-year extended warranty valid until the car touches 150,000 km, or a full five years. None of the other cars in the segment can match that. The Volkswagen Vento has a 2-year plus 2-year warranty that lasts up to 100,000 km. The Honda City’s extended warranty runs out at 80,000 km.
There are other areas too where the New Linea is equal to and better than its competition, making it brilliant value for money – such as the refinement levels because of the extra cladding it has, or the comprehensive Blue&Me Bluetooth system or extra details and settings of its multi-information display.