Fiat Linea, the mid-level sedan from the Italian carmaker has been in the Indian market from 2007. Now it's the 2012 Linea on sale and Team Drivespark test drove the 1.3 litre multijet diesel engine car recently. Here is our review of the new Linea.
We took the Linea out of the city traffic to a not too far hill station out of the city. Our intention was clear that we could try the car on the city roads as well as steep and curvy roads. The Linea that we drove came in an elegant sunbeam beige colour. The beauty of the car started becoming more evident once we took the Linea out of the crowded Bangalore roads.
The Linea's design is elegant with impeccable lines making a smile on everyone's face, though it's not a terrible head turner. And it was matching the natural beauty of the scenic location we drove the car to. The compact design and clear cut dimensions of the Linea helps the driver judge the size of the car very easily. The new Linea also offers best-in-class ground clearance.
The Linea offer a plush, luxurious interior which is ergonomically designed with all controls easy to hands. The steering has got volume controls, traction, and blue tooth control buttons on it. The new Linea also features the revolutionary Blue and Me ‘My Car’ technologies. While Blue and Me, an impressive technology jointly developed with Microsoft, helps making/receiving calls and changing musical tracks by voice control, ‘My Car’ is a smart technology that allows customization with a variety of solutions.
The tilt steering mechanism helps the driver set the steering according to his comfort. The front row of seats are spacious but it was a little cramped in the back side. The headroom is also a little lower for a six-feet tall person.
The Linea offers quality seats which will pamper you. However, we found the material used on the roof a little inferior on quality. The car is also great on practicality and luggage space with many storage spaces and segment-best boot capacity of 500 litres.