Debut of Fiat Linea has passed quietly, as if the Italians were afraid of the evil eye. The first time a novelty, which did not cause much excitement, was noticed at the Istanbul Motor Show. Many visitors have decided that what they see is not a serial car, but a guest from future, in other words, the concept car. Sedan Fiat Linea is based on the hatchback Grande Punto that is why so many new items of these two cars have similar design: strongly inclined windscreen, short and sloping hood, the small triangular windows on the front doors, elongated body shape.
Four, or even five, if it's necessary, people can be comfortably accommodated in the cabin. When the seats are laid out the volume under the trunk lid figures up to 500 liters. If we fold the seats, we will increase the useful volume up to 870 liters. It is a very good result for the C-Class sedan. It is not difficult to find a comfortable position behind the wheel, range of adjustment is also wide. The first minus is an armrest between the seats. If you lean on it, you will find it difficult to change gears. Profile of the steering wheel is the second minus. "Tides" in the areas of professional grips are too big. The central console is very logical and pleasant to use. Controls of ESP, trunk and alarm are located on the top. Just below there is a modern audio system Blaupunkt; under it we can find the climate control knobs. New instrument panel does not shine with expressiveness. Dials glare, so the information is read with difficulty. But the amount of available data is pleasantly surprising. LCD display in the center shows not only on-board information about the mileage, fuel and temperature, but also communicates with the world through software. With the assistance of Microsoft Corporation vehicle is equipped with Blue & Me. All information from the phone, such as caller ID or SMS is broadcasted on the screen of on-board computer.
The car is equipped with two petrol engines: a base 1.4 Fire with a power of 80 hp and a new turbocharged T-Jet, 120 hp. The line of gasoline engines is complemented with high-performance turbodiesel 1.3. Multijet 16v 90 hp, winner of the prestigious title "Engine of the Year." All the versions of Linea are equipped with 5-speed MCP. The turbodiesel can be equipped with robotized gearbox Dualogic, working both in automatic and manual modes. Small volume of 1.4 liters is enough. Due to the turbine engine power is 120 hp at 5000 min-1. A torque of 206 Nm is available at 2,500 min-1. Such indicators with the weight of the car 1160 kg can achieve tolerable dynamic characteristics