Fiat Linea is a four-door sedan manufactured by the Italian automaker Fiat. Introduced in the year 2007, this family car has now become the darling of car lovers across the globe. Based on Fiat’s Grande Punto Platform, the Fiat Linea is designed by Centro Stile Fiat. It is assembled in various countries like Brazil, Turkey, India and Russia.
Fiat Linea debuted in Turkey, and is positioned by Fiat as a world car for the developing countries. It is 4560 mm long, 1730 mm wide and has a height of 1494 mm, making it a spacious and comfortable vehicle to travel. It comes with a T-jet engine and is available in four trims – Active, Dynamic, Emotion and Emotion Pack. All these variants are available in both petrol (1.4L turbo charged) and diesel engines.
Some of the standard features loaded into Linea include automatic climate controls, steering-wheel mounted controls, speed sensing front wipers, dual AC vents at the rear, Advanced DIS (driver information system) and the like. However, the lower end models of Fiat Linea, available in the Indian market, do not offer safety features like ABS and dual air bags.
Other features that add to the overall look of the vehicle include 16-inch alloy wheels, disc brakes, enhanced ground clearance, Italian leather seats and first class interiors as standard. Apart from these, the Linea also offers some of the top-most safety and comfort features like power windows with auto up/down feature, hydraulic power steering, theatre dimming lights in the cockpit, driver seat adjustment, ORVMs, programmable speed limit warning, fog lamps on the front, rear roof light, and a foldable remote key.
The top variants of Linea come with other features like 15-inch alloy wheels, ABS with EBD, music system comprising of CD player with 6 speakers, armrest with glove box for the front seat and double folding rear seat. Additional features like collapsible sun curtain in rear, sunglass holder, leather mounted steering wheel and gear knob, remote electronic boot opening, and front seats with back pockets are available in the car.
The top most variant of Linea, Fiat Linea Emotion Pack, offers some extra features over those in the lower end versions. These features include a Blue&Me system with Windows media player and voice interaction and commands, dual airbags in the front, seat belts with pre-tensioners, load limiter for the driver and front seat passenger, steering mounted audio and Blue&Me controls.
Linea is a great car for the family and comes at a reasonable price too. It has managed to fight off tough competition from its rivals like the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Ford Fiesta in the sub-sedan segment and hold its own.