Review of Fiat Linea with smooth engine in 7 lakhs INR
I will go for Fiat Linea
Hey friend. I am also looking to buy a new car in the same budget and I had some questions a few days back about some different types of car models and makes. So I visited the showrooms of Hyundai, Ford, and Fiat. When I was visiting these showrooms, I took a pen and paper and noted down some things, which were necessary for comparison between them. My visit to these showrooms was really wonderful and I test drive each and every vehicle, as I wanted to get the best car.
Here are some of my questions to which I got answers after reviewing and comparing them. Please read them as I think these will really help you theory wise for comparing these models, but I would highly recommend you to test drive and compare them on your own before buying.
Question No. 1: Does the New Honda City has a CD player or only the USB port?
Answer: It just has a USB port but you can upgrade to a CD player; however, USB functions are more easier and user friendly. You just have to copy songs to your USB and its done. No ripping CDs anymore.
Question No. 2: Which car's gearbox is better?
Answer: Honda City no doubt is the best when it comes to the gearshift.
Question No. 3: What about Verna, Fiesta or SX4?
Answer: Verna is the best of the above. SX4 is very low on mileage. Do not expect more than 8 kmpl in Delhi and 11 on the highway, even the steering is too heavy on the SX4, though the space is good. Fiesta is good but low resale value after 2 years.
Question No. 4: Is Fiats long-term commitment to India a problem?
Answer: That is a question no one has an answer to, but Linea has got a very good sales number in the month of January. This could just be the car that revives the Fiat brand in India. It is TATA who is providing after sales for Linea. If you look at other companies, everyone has problems due to the credit crunch like Toyota, Ford, GM TATA, all of them. This is one question no one has an answer to honestly
Question No. 5: How about Skoda or a modified SUV?
Answer: Currently, this is one of the most competitive segments in the Indian car industry and has many competitors with varied talents.
Question No. 6: I am looking for a car with nice and smooth engine?
Answer: Honda City, Ford Fiesta, Fiat Linea, and Hyundai Verna have refined engines (both diesel and petrol in case of Fiesta, Linea and Verna). SX4 is a little gruff sounding one compared to these.
Question No. 7: What about the seating system in these cars?
Answer: Seating three at the back is easiest in Linea and City. It is tougher to seat three in SX4 at the back. Fiesta has the capacity to seat three abreast but the legroom is tight.
However if you like driving yourself and love the pleasure of a journey or even a commute, choose Fiesta 1.6 S with your eyes closed. SX4 offers good value for money but there are few things going for it in the sense that it does not win any aspect hands down. Verna is too soft and boring to drive in petrol form and the interiors are dull and boring.
But if you are looking at a better overall package, then its between Linea and City. The Linea has a better ride and handling and that Italian flair, beauty, and Charisma that will hardly fade in years to come, something which Japanese cannot match. Linea is a keeper. If you buy it, you would want to keep it even after 5 years.
So according to me up, I think Fiat Linea is the best option as you can save 1 lacks if your budget is 8 to 9 lakhs because Fiat Linea's on-road price is approximately 7 lakhs.
I will provide more reviews on Fiat Linea, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Verna, and New Honda City individually in my upcoming hubs. Bye for now.
Good and bad points of Fiat Linea
Good points of Fiat Linea:
- Value for money.
- Great features like blue and ME.
- Diesel option available.
- Fantastic looks.
- Interiors are class above.
- Linea is bigger than other cars in competition (length wise).
Bad points of Fiat Linea:
- Legroom for drivers seat.
- Short legs long-arm seating position.
- Aftersales service.
- Petrol engine is not fun to drive.
- Diesel feels underpowered at times but you get used to it.
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