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REVIEW! Updated Fiat Linea and Punto
It isn't just a lip-gloss and mascara job
By : Ruman Devmane | Published : January 03, 2012
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At this point, looking at the pictures, you're betting there's nothing new about the Linea or the Punto. But the truth is, there's a lot that's been changed and fortunately, it isn't a lip-gloss and mascara job! The Linea and Punto have always been two of the nicer cars to drive in their segment owing to excellent ride quality and some healthy engine options. However, with the competition from Germany, Japan and Korea spicing things up no end, the Italian car maker has given their two-car stable (not including the incredible 500, that is) some thoughtful touches.


To begin, the Linea now boasts of 185mm of ground clearance, up by 20mm over the previous car. While this isn't immediately visible, those who know their Lineas (...and ground clearances) will be able to spot it in a flash. Regardless of whether you spot it, the difference is worth mention. Even with a full load of passengers and a bit of luggage in the boot, the Linea won't graze its underbelly even on the most vividly conjured up speed breakers in Mumbai. With its already fantastic ride quality now coupled with better ground clearance, the Linea takes to bad roads exceptionally well.

The increase in ground clearance of course does make a difference to the handling of the Linea, which now feels less sharp but still not significantly so. It's passenger comfort versus enthusiast's delight. You know who wins, right? However, it's no dull car to drive. It always came with an entertaining set of motors – the two petrols (1368cc, 88.7 bhp/1368cc, 112 bhp T-Jet) and the much popular Multijet diesel (1248cc, 91.7 bhp) – and those have remain untouched.

On the cosmetic front, the Emotion trim now gets 16” alloys while the Active and Dynamic get 15'' rims in alloy and steel, respectively. Smart looking alloys, but we think the Punto's look better. The interiors are now two-tone across all variants while beige leather seats are standard on the mid and top-spec Lineas. The beige seats and the two-tone dashboard definitely liven things up on the inside and add a touch of class to the quite generous interior. Lastly, for the Linea, the media player is now standard across all variants and though it isn't the audiophile's delight, it's pretty alright for generic usage.

REVIEW OF THE PUNTO ON PAGE 2>>

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  Posted by Blue Turtle at 11th February,2012
Wake Up FIAT and for heaven's sake stop digging your own grave. Start listening to at least the general public opinion if you don't care about the own personal feedback from Fiat-vehicle owners. Everyone has been telling FIAT to break-up from the TATA's and start your own sales-n-service outlets. Can't you figure-out why ONLY Fiat has to cry when all other manufacturers are laughing? Please, if you are serious about India, fire Rajeev Kapoor, the guy is either blind, dumb and deaf to customer feedback or just doesn't give a damn. Good luck my dear FIAT, it will truly be a tragedy to see you die at your own hands, in spite of the abundance of goodwill from your well wishers in India.
  Posted by Doc at 4th January,2012
Magesh is right...plus Fiat MUST give us the Punto with the T-Jet engine...Bravo Fiat! (Pun not intended!!)
  Posted by Magesh at 3rd January,2012
Is there any news on Fiat setting up it's own network in India for service? That will be the deciding factor for prospective buyers 'cuz we avoid the Fiat brand due to our reluctance to deal with Tata Motors.
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