Linea Diesel Emotion (7th Aug 2010)

By for Fiat Linea from New Delhi 2010-08-08 12:41:21.0
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Pros : 1. Appearance 2. Fuel Economy 3. Huge bootspace

Cons : 1. Leg space smaller as compared to SX4. 2. Resale could be second


Yesterday I went for the test drive, the looks are really attractive and yes it is indeed a cedan. the interiors are really stylish and the controls on the panel of driver's side give amazing feeling as that of a cockpit. I feel this is 1 of the better choices among other cars between 8 to 10 lakhs for mileage being the foremost and the engine durability as well. Well I am yet to buy this car & will post more once I am done with it.

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  • Naren |01 Nov,2010 11:37:34 PM

    Well, I have a Linea Emotion PK (Diesel). When I took delivery of the car I made one specific change. I switched all the 5 standard tyres of spec. 195/60/R15 to Bridgestone Tyres of spec. 205/65/R15. Please note R15 is the Rim size specified in inches. 195 0r 205 is the nominal width of the tyres in mm measured from outer wall to outer wall. 60 and 65 is the ratio of the height of the wall of the tyre to its nominal width. This change in tyres effectively raised the ground clearance from 161 mm specified to 175.5 mm. The cost incurred was Rs. 10,000/-. Please note this change made a fantastic difference to the ride quality. no more problem of the nose hitting bumps. Road grip is far better and improved even on curves at high speed. Average on long drives is coming 16 kilometres. At the same speed the car is covering 105 kms as against 100 kms with the standard tyres (The circumferential distance covered per revolution of the wheel is more with the new tyres) The blokes at Tata Motors have not been able to recalibrate the milometer/kilometer readings as yet ( I do not understand why as only a simple ratio requires changing by means of their scanner). I would suggest to all owners of the Linea 'CHANGE ALL YOUR TYRES' and you will find the performance dramatically improving and your rating and appreciation of the car will zoom.

    G K Arora |17 Nov,2010 09:28:29 PM

    Mr Naren If changing the tyres can do such wonders to the car, I wonder why Fiat people didn't think of it? Can you tell me how is the performance of AC? When I had a test drive, I found AC below par. You need a really good AC for the heat of Delhi.

    Nikhil |08 Feb,2011 10:04:35 PM

    Hi Naren, I read your comment about change of tyre from 195/60/R15 to Bridgestone 205/65/R15. I own an Emotion Pk Fiat PUNTO. It has run around 38K km and I need to change the old GT3 tyres. I am quite impressed by your observations and would also like to change to 205/65/R15. Just wanted to know if I can do so on my Punto (which also uses tyres of the same profile)

    parag |11 Feb,2012 01:29:40 PM

    Hi Naren.... Good that you changed the tyres.... I had the same query to one of the tyre dealers and they informed that this cannot be done as it would interfere with the inner arc..... whats your take on that.... wht abt upgrading the rims to 16 inch .. i believe in FIAT 2012 the same ahs been done I clocked 7000 km and got 21.5 on highways driving at 130 also touching 175 at certain times and am getting 17.8 in delhi

  • Rohit |30 Nov,2010 03:57:13 PM

    Mr. Arora, I also faced a sub-par A/C performance to begin with but that was taken care of as soon as I got the 3M reflective window films put up in the car - It specially helps once you have the film over your windshield. The AC prformance went up by atleast 30% if not more and it cost me only around 5/6k. And thanks for the tip Naren - I own a Emotion Diesel myself - have already clocked 17k on it - shall change to the specs you mentioned once i am done with 30k - isn't that when you ought to change the tires?

  • Naren |14 Dec,2010 04:41:21 PM

    I am pleased to update my previous comments: After covering 2000 kms I have obtained the following results: 1.Lowest milage------12.5 kms/litre in heavy traffic with frequent stops at redlights. 2.Maximum milage------22.8 kms/litre across a stretch of 237 kms of which about 100kms was a four lane National Highway and balance was the state highway which was in terrible condition ( Nagpur to Jam --NH7, Jam to Bhadravati, near Chandrapur-- state Highway) 3. Average milage across 2000 kms of which 40% was in City---15.21kms/litre. Please note I have found that to obtain the best milage always change gears so as to run the car at an engine RPM of 2000 when the car produces the max. torque. this holds for city driving also. Fiat in the new T-jet has changed the tyres to 205/65/R 16, i.e they have changed the Alloy Wheel Rim size From R15 to R16 which is 1 inch larger in diameter. I hope this answers Mr. Arora's query. I have achieved the same with the Tyre size mentioned in my Previous Comment. A colleague of mine who discarded his old tyres on the Linea and copied my idea reported that he was totally amazed by the change in feel and drive of the car. Stability improved dramatically in the worst road conditions and the drive in sharp turns was very positive. As far as the AC is concerned I have faced no problems. My normal auto setting on the climate control is 20 deg C. In City driving I keep the air circulating internally only. In case it is a hot day I just increase the Fan speed while still keeping in the auto mode. There is one more tip: Purchase a Digital Tyre Inflator (not one of the cheap chinese makes) from Link Image Makers , Pune costing around Rs.3000 (tel: 020-24495739). The advantage of this is you can digitally set your tyre pressure on the instrument in psi/bar/kpa. The instrument runs from the 12V supply near the gear changing lever. You have to just connect the nozzle to the tyre nozzle and start the instrument. The Instrument automatically stops when the correct tyre pressure is reached. I find that once in 3 days or before a long drive is enough. It takes approx 1 to 2 mins per tyre. Maintaining the correct Tyre pressure will increase the life of the tyres and maintain the milage obtained at the optimum.

    Tanmay |04 Jul,2011 02:40:36 PM

    Hi Naren, I too copied your idea and changed my front tyres of Line MJD to R15/65/205, but i am skeptical to put the same in rear, as m concerned that the tyre shouldnt rub against the arc when it is loaded with 3 passengers.Whats your experience.Awaiting your reply eagerly.

    Naren |04 Jul,2011 11:39:42 PM

    Hi Tanmay, I have faced no problem of the tyre rubbing against the arc with two passengers sitting on the rear and the dicky fully loaded with luggage. After covering nearly 7000 kms in the car, on long distance highway driving I am regularly clocking an average above 20.5 km/litre (without applying any correction factor for the increased diameter of the tyres, with the correction factor the average becomes 21.15 kms/litre). There is no noticeable wear on the tyres as yet.

    Tanmay |05 Jul,2011 05:44:57 PM

    Hi Naren, Thanks for replying ! Actually, i changed my rear tyres to R15/65/205 today itselves and tested them,noticed that it is getting rubbed with my wheel arc on speed breakers and potholes.I am planning to go for R15/65/200 or R15/60/200.....would this affect my car handling and other stuff? What would you recommend?

    Tanmay |05 Jul,2011 05:46:26 PM

    I meant keeping the front and rear tyres of different specifications

  • muralidhara |17 Dec,2010 10:18:13 PM

    I intend to purchase linea emotion pack petrol..... but worried much after reading the reviews about ground clearance , a/c performance and pickup ....... Can anybody sincerely advice me about this .. should i go for this car or not ? ...then if not this car , then which car should i go for in the same price tag ? plaese reply soon ...

  • Aditya |29 Nov,2011 03:13:10 AM

    go for the verna fluidic

    parag |11 Feb,2012 01:32:36 PM

    Read the actual road test for Fuidic before u buy.... its coslty as well as jittery on corneers at high speed... light metal used to reduce the wt and increase mileage.. safety is concern....... as per me it gvs the same mileage or may be less as that of fiat... however low speed acceleration is muct bettr in verna

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