Fiat has just unveiled its facelifted Linea with a host of interior and exterior upgrades. The updated Linea will be sold with a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol T-Jet, a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre Multijet diesel. But how does the updated Fiat Linea fare against its rivals – the all-new Honda City, the popular Hyundai Verna and the capable Volkswagen Vento? Here's how the top variants of these four mid-size segment competitors match up.
Let’s start with the prices. The top petrol Vento Highline trim costs Rs. 8.95 lakh, while the diesel Vento Highline is priced at Rs. 9.26 lakh. The top-spec Linea Emotion costs Rs. 9.01 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 9.72 lakh for the diesel. The Hyundai Verna top 1.6 SX (O) petrol trim costs Rs. 9.42 lakh, while the diesel powered 1.6 SX (O) variant retails for Rs. 10.71 lakh. The Honda City VX petrol manual is priced at Rs. 9.75 lakh, while the diesel powered City VX is priced at Rs. 10.89 lakh.
The top Vento Highline trim comes equipped with rear AC vents, rear parking sensors, height adjustable driver's seat along with tilt and telescopic steering. On the exterior, it gets chrome on the front grille, trunk and on the front fog lamp surrounds. It also gets 15-inch alloy wheels, leather on the seat covers, gear knob and handbrake lever, a four-speaker audio system with aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-function steering wheel and electrically adjustable outside mirrors. On the safety front, it gets airbags for the driver and front passenger and ABS.
The Linea Emotion comes equipped with a height adjustable driver’s seat, automatic climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery and chrome accents on the exterior. Additionally, it gets rear AC vents, a four-speaker music system with two tweeters and CD, MP3, USB, Bluetooth and aux-in compatibility, steering-mounted audio controls, reverse parking sensors and 16-inch alloy wheels shod with 205/55 section tubeless tyres. The new Fiat Linea also gets Microsoft’s ‘Blue & Me’ software that allows pairing of up to five mobile phones. For safety, it comes with dual-stage front airbags, and ABS.
The City VX variant gets a four-speaker audio system with a five-inch screen, four tweeters and CD, MP3, aux-in, USB and Bluetooth compatibility, steering-mounted controls and height adjustable driver’s seat. It also comes with a rear camera with three view options (Wide, Normal and a Top-down view), 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, electrically folding wing mirrors with turn indicators, cruise control and rear AC vents. Additionally, it gets an electric sunroof, leather upholstery and an engine start-stop button with a smart key. It also has ABS with EBD along with airbags for the driver and front passenger.
The Verna SX (O) matches the competition on the safety front with ABS and EBD and airbags for the driver and front passenger. Hyundai has recently also added side and curtain airbags to the top-end Verna 1.6 SX (O) variant. It has a long features list with electrically adjustable wing mirrors with LED turn indicators, reversing camera and rear parking sensors. In the audio department, it matches the competitors with a four-speaker audio system with tweeters and MP3, aux-in, USB and Bluetooth compatibility and steering-mounted audio controls. On the outside, it gets chrome on the front grille and outside door handles. The top SX (O) petrol and diesel variants also get projector headlamps, automatic headlight control and leather upholstery.
In the mid-size car segment, Verna continues to be one of the best equipped. The new City also has an equally long features list and it is the only car that comes with an electric sunroof. However, the facelifted Linea's feature list is now good enough to match its rivals. Fiat seems to be playing its cards right with the updated Linea.
An aggressive price, enhanced looks and good amount of equipment could attract buyers to the showroom. Fiat is also ramping up its dealer network and improving its aftersales.