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Linea is Impressive Sedan with under powered engine

By Ajeet Rana on 17 August 2013

Car's Age: 1-3 years

Summary

Overall Rating 4
Exterior 4
Interior 3
Ride Quality 4
Maintenance 500/ month
Mileage (city) 14 KMPL
Mileage (highway) 20 KMPL

Detailed Fiat Linea Review

What's Good?

- Gives a grand look - Robust in built - Fuel consumption is frugal - Performance on hills is good - Low on maintenance - Excellent safety features - Spacious second row seating - Big boot space

What can improve?

- The ground clearance is inadequate it scrapes every now and then, and that is not a good feeling esp on rough terrain. - Immediate attention is required to make its torque curve match with gear selection - It drags in first and second gear - In third gear it should go up to 60-70 kmph at engine rpm not more than 2500 - The fourth gear should take you to 90-100 kmph at engine rpm upto 2500 - The car is quite stable till 120 kmph, it should have improved stability characteristics 150kmph. - Steering needs to be soft & accelerator pedal needs to be soft, the pedal pressure required to accelerate it gives you a feeling as if it is resisting your command of acceleration. However after you cross 80 Kmph the engine kicks in power and there after it is hard to beat.

Exteriors (4/5)

4

Interiors (3/5)

3

Ride Quality (4/5)

4

Overall Comments

- With its large size it gives a look of luxury, chic car. - The most impressive of this vehicle is side profile.

- The feel of seats esp my cars could have been better with leather seats. - The stereo is satisfactory till middle range but tends to crackle on high volume. - seating comfort is quite good. We did 500 Kmph trip on one occasion with my mother in law in the back seat with lower back discomfort. She was absolutely comfortable at the end of journey.

Ride Quality of this vehicle is excellent. As passengers in front or rear seats this is an ultimate vehicle. Handling- Handling of the vehicle needs to be improved. It gives you a feel of unwilling horse not willing to cantor while rider is cajoling it to gallop. However after 80 Kmph it is a machine you will fall in love. braking- Braking is quite effective and reliable. engine performance- The engine needs tuning for indian conditions, because the same engines on other platforms gives you desired acceleration. However engine is quite smooth upto 120-125 Kmph.

If its interiors are improved a little and engine and transmission matching is done as per indian city traffic condition. This vehicle can be a front runner for indian market.

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