It has become a trend and a sort of necessity in the auto industry for car makers to keep coming up with facelifts and updates to their car models often. The latest car maker to have done that is the Italian maker Fiat. The 2012 Fiat Linea and the 2012 Grande Punto both gets some extra equipment levels and a few more added goodies. We drove the 2012 Fiat Linea 1.4 Petrol to investigate on these changes, read on to know all on the 2012 Fiat Linea 1.4 Petrol.
Yes, it has been a torrid time for Fiat for some time in India and there is no denying it but the fact also remains that Fiat makes one of the best cars which are well built and are fun to drive. Well to start off the history of Fiat (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) dates back to 1899 when the company started in Turin in Italy.
Since then the Italian car maker has been building some exciting and pretty car models. Getting back to the Linea, Fiat got the Linea to the world in 2007 as its world car which in simple English means a car platform/model that would be used across the world (mostly developing countries) for manufacturing sedans and large hatchbacks (Grande Punto is also based on the same platform).
The Fiat Linea was launched in India in early 2009. You can read our full roadtest of the Fiat Linea T-Jet here http://www.cardekho.com/road-test/fiat-linea-t-jet-20.htm . Fiat has not messed with the external design or looks of the Linea, the Linea always was an elegant looking sedan and Fiat has done a justice by not trying to change its design as of now. I have said this before and it still stands true, beautiful Italian styling is very much visible on the Linea from whichever angle you see it.
Dimensions of the Linea remain the same and are pretty large as compared to some of its competitors in the segment, with 2600mm of wheelbase and 4560mm in length. The stretched rounded smooth body panels still make the Fiat Linea look trendy and rich. The soft front end is unmistakably stylish with the parabola head lamps along with the chrome mesh type grill adding the sporty feel.
The air dam too gets the chrome mesh grill. The front fog lamps get chrome linings with grey housing around them. Smooth flowing lines on the bonnet add to the richness of the front profile of the Fiat Linea.
The side profile is the best angle to view the Fiat Linea. It is here that you notice the first change on the 2012 Fiat Linea. The ground clearance has been increased considerably and now stands at 185mm which is at par with the Maruti SX4 which till now had the maximum ground clearance in the segment.
The gap between the wheel arches and the tyres is very visible. So it’s bye-bye to scraping speed breakers and bumping the bottoms on bad roads due to the XXL ground clearance on the 2012 Fiat Linea. The 2012 Fiat Linea gets chrome door handles and chrome insert door strips body moulding.
The doors also get blacked out window frames. The 2012 Fiat Linea drives on 195 / 60 R15 meaty tyres on the Dynamic variant while the Emotion version gets R16 spec tyres. All new designed turbine-blade alloy wheels are also seen on the Fiat Linea T-Jet which looks dynamic.
The rear profile gets the chrome body moulding that extends itself to the rear bumpers. Due to the extra ground clearance, the rear of the 2012 Fiat Linea appears much higher than the earlier Linea. The wrap round large tail lamps with clean flowing smooth lines make the boot of the Linea look very neat. What we missed on the 2012 Fiat Linea is the inclusion of turn lights on the wing mirrors and auto fold wing mirrors which would have added further glitz to the overall package.
On the inside the interiors remain the same but Fiat has upped the plastic quality which now feels rather nice to touch and feel. The seats too feel better cushioned. The seat upholstery is light beige for all variants except the Emotion which gets leather seats. The driver side seat has height adjust with near to perfect visibility.
The steering remains the same with steering mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth calling being standard on the Dynamic too. You also get height adjust on the steering. The leather wrapped steering feels chunky to grip. The gear knob also gets the leather touch on it.
The dash is a two tone affair with a mix of black and beige with silver inserts running across it. The better plastic quality on the 2012 Fiat Linea shows up on the dashboard and door pads which feel less brittle and more solid now.
The instrument cluster is the same as the earlier Linea, stylish and rich with chrome linings on the dials. The Linea gets a single zone climate control with AC vents for the rear occupant’s as before. The Blue & Me Windows Bluetooth connectivity system is also retained on the 2012 Fiat Linea.
Rear seats also feel much more comfortable mostly due to the better cushioning. The new additions on the interior of the 2012 Fiat Linea include Auto switching On/Off head lamps, Auto On/Off Rain Sensing Wipers, Follow Me Home Headlamps, Speed Sensing Audio volume for Music player, keyless entry, central locking with speed sensitive lock/unlock feature.
On the safety features the 2012 Fiat Linea gets ABS and front two airbags which is now standard on the Dynamic variant. The AC unit is also upgraded with better flow and quick cooling unit now in place. The cabin area of the Fiat Linea took not more than 3-5minutes to cool in the hot 40degrees temperature at noon. Fiat has taken a strong note from the feedback of its customers and implemented the changes on the 2012 Fiat Linea. And not forgetting the large 500liters boot space that can easily accommodate at least 4 large suitcases on your drive.
There is no change on the engine of the 2012 Fiat Linea. The Linea Petrol is powered by a 1368cc FIRE 4 cylinder petrol engine that makes 93PS of power @ 4000rpm. This engine has 209NM of torque @ 2000RPM. A 5 speed manual transmission is mated to this engine.
Start the 1.4 FIRE petrol engine and you realize that this is a rev friendly engine; the driving character remains more or less the same as the older Linea. The gear shifts are precise with no false shifting that was experienced. The clutch feels light and the inclusion of the dead pedal is welcomed.
The steering feels perfectly weighted for the driver to remain in control at all times. The Fiat Linea with Independent Wheel, Helical Coil Springs Double Acting Telescopic Dampers and Stabiliser Bar on the front and Torsion Beam, Helical Coil Springs, Double Acting Telescopic Dampers and Stabiliser Bar at the rear, in common man’s language let me put it this way the 2012 Fiat Linea thanks to the raised ground clearance now drives on more softer tuned suspensions which gives the comfort level a big boost.
Fiat claims an overall fuel efficiency of 14.6kmpl on the 2012 Fiat Linea 1.4 FIRE Petrol, while in real world driving conditions we managed to get a fuel efficiency of 12.5kmpl which is not bad considering the drive conditions involved a lot of traffic patches.
The 2012 Fiat Linea competes with the likes of the Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Skoda Rapid, VW Vento, Ford Fiesta and the Tata Manza. With this upgrade to the Linea, FIAT has done a timely-much needed-implant that should boost the sales for the elegant sedan.
You also have the T-Jet Linea and the Linea Diesel on the line up to choose from with prices starting at Rs. 6.9 lakh for the Active variant and Rs. 7.9 lakh for the Dynamic version that we tested. The 2012 Fiat Linea with the add on features and long list of new equipment levels and the much needed extra ground clearance now does make a good option if you are in the market looking for a petrol sedan.
Fiat cars are one of the strongest and stable cars in India. By good customer care services after sale, Fiat can increase its sale rapidly.
First of all , very good ground clearence . Fiat Linea is a good car , but spares are really costly . 1.4L engine will be good power and mileage will be down . Not suitable for those who are looking for a fuel efficient car.....
I had FIAT SIENA which was a superb car in class. I am still love my car due to its comfort, safety, space etc. However, I had bitter experience with WASAN Motors Service who used to give FIAT service. The engineers do not actually know the mechanics. They change parts, keep the car at their garage for months and finally show a big bill while you may find that the car problem is still there beside some other new problem. The worst is that they break AC grills and so not feel for own negligence. FIAT was dumb and used to think that INDIAN users are just beggers and would digest anything. So they did not listen to any complain. I had to take the car to roadside garage for servicing. FIAT should either provide own service or they should quit the market. In any case they must not cheat INDIAN users by not giving proper service.
I agree with Abhijeet. I have owned a couple of fiats too. They are damn good cars. Dump tie ups with Tata service, start your own service with trained mechanics, or else remain with the best cars with the poorest sales. All the other companies use your multijet diesel engine( the finest around) and still sell more cars. FIAT is plane lazy.
Good to see a lot of positive comments for the Fiat Linea :)
I purchase punto 1.4 emotion pack in the month of Jan 2012. As on date drove 4800kms wherein only paid for petrol. The car is awesome to drive on highways as it has great stability. Even better then few sedans on Indian roads . In city the car is slow in taking pick up (only 0-20 km/h) but It realy cruise at 120 to 140 Km/H. On open road I manage to hit 170km/h with AC and 4 people on board. Millage is not that good , its 11-12 km/L in Kolkata traffic and on highway 13-14km/l (instant speed upto 120km/h). We drove at 140-160km/hr (not exceeding 4000rpm) , millage came down to 9-10km/L . Blue and me is very intelligently programmed , specially office going self driven people. there is always a fellgood factor when I am in my car. I am happy with my Fiat. Having finger cross for servicing.
I own a Fiat UNO-2000 model. Done a very comfortable 1,60,000km with out any major complaints. I should say a perfect engine built to really PERFORM. I am still not ready to change it as I love it a lot. Unfortunately Fiat had to stop it. Thanks to TVS Group in maintainig somewhat good inspite of shortage of spares. For a change I prefer a Fiat Linea Or a Grand Punto for its styling. I am still in doubt of its aftersale service quality and availability of spares.I have taken test drive of both and satisfied. Can Fiat-India can assure the querries raised by me..?
really i was planning to buy one of these FIAT, but seing the bad service, makes me to think twice?
same like above comment, I was thinking to buy one Lenia next month. Now ihave to think twice.
The FIAT service was bad during the days of Uno, Palio. But after tie up with TATA it is much better. In fact it may be on par with other manufacturers. There are few service centers that are bad always - like WASAN - and if you need to take service from them only, then you can reconsider else you can simply buy, as it is one of the best cars
I would like to know there is auotomatic transmission available in Linea
I purchased this car in Concorde motors Bangalore on March 27. They offered free insurance (28K) and old price tag which is before budget price. I saved around 15K 28K. Total I got for 10,50,000. Color is Tuscan wine. Exterior This car has most beautiful royal look in affordable sedans. I prefer long cars (Although it is tough to drive ;) ). Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) Very good interior with very good plastic quality. Chrome fittings on dash board gives elegant look. Ac is very efficient, Just cools in 2 mins even in hot sun. 3 rear AC vents are very useful for rear passengers. Sound system is decent with blue and me. One good feature I found is automatically volume will increase in high speeds and reduces in low speeds. Found some vibration noise form speakers. Driver information system works very well. I tested the average fuel consumption, which is displayed in driver information with manual (full tank to full tank). Overall I got 17Km/l with full AC at 23 degree centigrade (Bangalore to Tirupati). Didn't get a chance to verify rain sensors and automatic head lamps. Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox Engine pickup is the area to be improved. I went till 120 kmph, engine is very calm (comparing with ford fiesta classic and innova). Ride Quality & HandlingPreviously I drove innova, verna, fiesta, desire and manza. I feel this car has the most smooth drive among all. Even ground clearance is very good (again I am comparing with fiesta). Final WordsEverything is good. Areas of improvement Service need to be improved. I asked for eye glass holder, which is not available in dynamic version. They quoted 1200/- :( which is very costly. There is no space to keep bottles. This car should come with reverse sensors, which is very useful for such a long car.
fALAR QUE O LINEA COMPETE COM O CITY Ã? BRINCADEIRA, O CITY Ã? MENOR MOTOR MAIS FRACO, NÃ?O TEM NADA A VER COM O LINEA.