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Review of Fiat Linea with smooth engine in 7 lakhs INR

Updated on March 12, 2011

So which you think is best car in 7 lakh segment

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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:

  1. Value for money.
  2. Great features like blue and ME.
  3. Diesel option available.
  4. Fantastic looks.
  5. Interiors are class above.
  6. Linea is bigger than other cars in competition (length wise).

Bad points of Fiat Linea:

  1. Legroom for drivers seat.
  2. Short legs long-arm seating position.
  3. Aftersales service.
  4. Petrol engine is not fun to drive.
  5. Diesel feels underpowered at times but you get used to it.

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    • highway star profile image

      highway star 8 years ago from Mostly Seattle, Amsterdam and Milan

      Very useful hub! FIAT is one of the most economic cars!

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes highway star I agree with you. Fiat was also a decade or two before one of the preferred car in India. Thanks for the comment.

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      princeland 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Really a great hub for a great car. I saw one Fiat Linea on the streets of Delhi yesterday and its looks are really awesome. I have fallen in love with this really good looking car. I will definitely go on to have test drive this week in one of the Fiat showroom located nearby my home.

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Best of luck for your test drive of Fiat Linea. I guarantee that you will feel great after driving it. Its interiors are also brilliant.

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      Rakesh Thakur 7 years ago

      Yes Fiat Linea is one of the best luxurious car in 7 lakh segment. I cannot afford buying one right now but if I had money, I would have gone for this beautiful piece of car.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Mr. Thakur. May God increase your household income and you can afford this beautiful car, Fiat Linea.

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      Shalini 7 years ago

      Very nice blog..

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Shalini.

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      creativeMind 7 years ago from Cochin

      linea rocks... what a car!!!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes it is.

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      car lover 7 years ago

      I saw a Linea yesterday in Ambience Mall in guargaon India. It looks fabulous.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes car lover. Also if you will have a look at the poll section for this hub, Fiat Linea has got most of the votes, so you can think judge on your own how Linea is.

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      Vineet Neo 7 years ago

      I have bought a Linea 2 months back.. its a typical highway car what was provved in my recent visit to Shimla and yes We could request Onida to transfer their jingle to Fiat " NEIGHBOUR'S ENVY OWNER'S PRIDE" .

      I felt pleasure observing many eyes peeping out of many BMW's & Mercedes windows to grab a look of this car...Its a sheer eternal pride to own this.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes Vineet Linea is unique and different. Everyone is running to buy Maruti because of serviceability and inexpensive spare parts of Maruti but people who have a different flair opt for Fiat Linea. Linea is a marvelous car. Best of luck for many more trips of yours riding on your Linea.

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      Vineet Neo 7 years ago

      Thanx Soni,

      Linea gives a pleasure driving a luxury car though a SX-4 reveals a bad interior display and it proves that Maruti could.nt make a luxury car yet again.

      Many small small vaue added features make Linea a chum.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes Linea is a great car...

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      B.D. Singh 7 years ago

      Thanks boss! certainly u have made my decision easier.. i was under a dilema from last 1 months,,, searching the right writeup for Fiat Linea... M planning to buy Diesel Car, Linea Fits under my budget so as Ford Fiesta... but now i'll be having Fiat's Linea under me..

      Good day!

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      Fandd ipanz 7 years ago

      Good you my blog roxeva.blogspot.commy blog thanks

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the link Fandd.

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      nms 7 years ago from Cochin

      yes linea is better option than honda city...after all power comes second to comfort

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for expressing your thoughts on this hub.

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      Vineet Neo 7 years ago

      I have recently found a Card looking like a Credit Card wherein Some Electronic Code and Mechanical Code are mentioned. It was lost in my kit , Could someone help me knowing its usage.

      I believe it carries some imp codes.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Please explain it further Vineet that which type of card you are talking about?

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      Vineet Neo 7 years ago

      Well Soni its a Card of the size of a Creidt/Debit Card with following features:

      FIAT written on the top

      A Key's picture below that

      Then comes CODE

      ELECTRONIC CODE:

      MECHANICAL CODE:

      And on the back of the card is written-

      CAUTION-Keep this card on a safe place , do not leave in the car.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I think this smart card is made up for obtaining or making duplicate keys for your Fiat car in case you have lost the original keys of your car and it is really dangerous for your vehicle's security if you have missed that. I advice you to contact Fiat's customer care for lodging a complaint of your lost card.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi Soni - just saw this hub - I like the look of the Linea - and I'm a Fiat fan. So maybe the next car, I'm thinking? Good review!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot Shalini for spending your precious time in reading this hub on Fiat Linia.

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      Vineet Neo 7 years ago

      Thanx Soni,

      I think you are ryt ...I will get in touch with FIAT CC dept.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure Vineet to help a person in need for some to the point information and that's what we content writers are here for, whether it is on remote controlled toy cars or real cars or some places to visit around the world, we are here for our visitor's service.

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      Saurabh 7 years ago

      Thanx Soni for the review on Linea..Helps fixing on the car to buy atleast...but then agian in Linea which version...Active/Dynamic/Dynamic Pk/ Emotion/ EMotion Pk and again which of those in Petrol/Diesel...I am looking at a option in terms of overall comfort and value for money... Pls suggest !!

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      Sexy jonty 7 years ago from India

      Very well written hub .....

      very much informative ......

      Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot sexy jonty for your well wishes. Best of luck to you too.

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      shailesh 7 years ago

      i am confused between ford fiesta, honda city and LINEA...

      FOR VICH shud i go for?

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Shailesh, if you want a vehicle under you which has speed, power, performance, name, and fame plus the most important point if you want to look unique and different from the crowd, then go ahead with Fiat Linea. It's really sexy car in my opinion and looks unique.

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      boris 7 years ago

      Really this Fiat is very economic - but a lot of people lament from Fiat. I will bet on Honda!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for sharing your idea and view on Fiat and Honda.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes kinghostile, Fiat is a great company providing great cars.

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      Sripad 7 years ago

      I am still worried about after sales and service in Bangalore

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Sripad, do not worry a lot. Serviceability of Fiat Linea is Bangalore has been great. Visit this forum link: http://aolautos.carwale.com/Forums/ViewThread-1072...

      and check on your own. Also you can visit this team bhp forum http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-drives-initial-...

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      walkin 7 years ago from India

      Fiat Linea is a great Car !!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yeah, I know that.

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      priya 7 years ago

      i like that car

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yeah, Fiat Linea is really cool.

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      Pushparaj 7 years ago

      Wow..Its is great site..Very informative...

      Dear soni..

      I am looking for a car at arround 7.5 lac..So I thought of going Linea emotional petrol. Honda city is not affordable for me. But there is so many commnet on linea petrol power and pick up...Also I find very less linea on road, although its released to market 1 year back...SO me confused ...could u guide me ...

      Thanks in advance

      Raj

      Hyderbad

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      See Pushparaj, Maruti and other brands of cars in India are very popular and Fiat is not so much popular, though it was among the first models of basic cars launched in India more than 3 decades ago. The most important thing when choosing a car is what you want to have in the car and what extra things you are looking for, I mean specs, mileage, speed, serviceability plus many more things. It's your hard earned money so you want to invest this money in a good transport or vehicle which can serve you and your family needs. For this, it depends on your own decision on which car fulfills your needs, etc. You can see less Fiat Linea on Indians road because it is not so much popular like other brands. Fiat is very popular in Europe and is a reliable brand for cars over there. That's what is the information I can share with you. I do not want to recommend anything or write a single name of the car because I don't want your money to get wasted after buying a useless car. There are a millions of sites and reviews on cars available on the internet, you just need to go through them and make your decision. At least, after buying a car with your own decision, you will feel on your own satisfied. Best of luck.

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      pranav  7 years ago

      great

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot Pranav.

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      vineet 6 years ago

      Hi Soni,

      Could u pls present the current sales performance of Linea , I am quite frequently seeing Linea in New Delhi these days and even in Mumbai.

      I believe thay have crossed 1000 units per month.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Vineet, you are a very good observer. I have been also seeing many Linea on Delhi roads nowadays. Actually, the car is really glamorous and Fiat is a trusted company by many. Though I am not able to tell about the exact current sales performance of Linea but I think it must have crossed more than 1100 units per month because nine months from Linea's launch, Fiat had already sold more than 10000 units in India.

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      Vineet 6 years ago

      U r ryt Soni,

      There is a sales growth of 57% registered by Fiat and the trust is increasing every single day...I give you an example ...I shifted in my society in NCR last year in the month of may and many people came across and took the feedback and as a result I could see almost 20-25 Linea parked in the society.

      The potential is getting unleashed by n by.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's really good to hear that Fiat is again building up its trust in the Indian automobile industry. I think more and more people will buy Fiat Linea as it is a wonderful car. A sales growth of 57% is great for Fiat in India. Afterall Fiat is one of the most trusted car brand in western countries especially in Europe where there are a lot of Fiat lovers.

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      paidwriter 6 years ago

      @soni2006

      any idea about linea with dual logic transmission ?

      Why don't you post some information about it ?

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      That will be a brilliant idea paidwriter (creativemind). I will soon publish an interesting hub on Dual logic transmission Linea. If you have more ideas, you are more than welcome. I need them because I have got bored and don't know what to write.

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      Kitty 6 years ago

      Hello Soni,

      Appreciate your enthusiasm to keep this thread active.

      I am planning to buy a Sedan sub 8L and I have shortlisted Manza and Linea.

      I would have chosen Linea hands down(even though Manza offers additional for the same price range), however I have read on many forums/blogs that Linea Petrol has very poor AC performance. Any comments on this aspect.

      I drive my car (Santro) with 80-90% AC on and I do about 1000kms per month. Considering my present driving statistics, AC is very important for me.

      Thanks in advance.

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      Pranesh 6 years ago

      Ritz small size will make easy drive in traffic.. power steering is enjoyable and sound system will trilled you.

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      Jack 6 years ago

      Getting into & out of Ritz is very easy as it is taller than all the other sedans.Ritz is much powerful and spacious car

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Pranesh and Jack, I know that Ritz is a great car but this article is meant about Fiat Linea, so I request you to talk about Linea or any other Fiat cars.

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      Vineet Neo 5 years ago

      Hi Soni,

      I have an active version of Linea run 43000 KM already, Could you pls suggest if this is the right time to go for change of tyres, Could I opt for Alloyed .

      Which company shall give the best results Performance Vs Cost.

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      Rajinder Soni 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hey Vineet, before changing tires to alloy or something you must know that if you change tires in warranty period your warranty will be lost. First check this and then consider of changing tires to alloys or bigger profiles.

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      dinesh 5 years ago

      i want sale my fiat lenia emoton 31jan2011

      petrol with vip number hr 12 0014 8000 km use oly

      mail me parmar3388@gmail.com

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      Phil 5 years ago

      If you want to find a fiat dealer ship near you check out this really cool new car dealer directory!! No pop ups!! Just a super easy to use directory!! Http://www.wehavenewcars.com

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      Tejas Patel 5 years ago

      Hi Soni,

      I'm planning to buy a car with a budget of 8Lac n Fiat Linea fits my pocket, just a couple of days ago had a test drive n was carried away with its handling n road grip manners however i'm concern about its after sales & service and much more for its availability of spares. i'm not worried about its resale value since i'll b using it for more than 5 yrs. The Emotion model(3rd model) will cost me for about 8,50,000/- on road in Gujarat, kindly help me to take my decision as Dushera is round the corner.

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      Wilson Kendy 5 years ago

      It's great to have the opportunity to read a good quality article with useful information.

      Thanks

      Wilson Kendy

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      flaker 5 years ago

      In south africa the i year old used Fiat Lineas 1.4 Emotion (petrol) are selling for half their new prices.A very huge depreciation.

      This is frightening. Here i would not touch one of these.The i20 or honda would be a better bet

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      hariharan 5 years ago

      fiat is a good car.i wil buy new fiat linea its looking good but i have one doubt resale value after 5 year matching for my decision

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