The Fiat Linea has been a very capable mid-sized sedan model in the Indian car market. Recently, the Italian car major has also launched the new Linea 125 S variant in India priced at Rs. 7.82 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Fiat Linea 125 S variant is based on the standard Linea that already exists in the market, and its name indicates its upgraded power output of 125ps (123 bhp), which makes it the most powerful petrol model in the Indian C-segment.
The Fiat Linea sedan competes with the popular mid-sized sedans of India including the popular Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento.
The Linea is an appealing and capable sedan model which with its enhanced powerful petrol variant seems to be all the more potent to compete with the long-time segment leader, the Honda City.
Take a look at how the Italian Fiat Linea fares against the Japanese Honda City:
Design is a big factor when it comes to choosing a car. A car’s design of course decides its market success to a great deal. Although visual appeal might depend on personal preferences, a beautifully design vehicle is usually universally appreciated. When design is concerned, the Fiat Linea and the Honda City are both very stylish with premium appeal.
The latest Linea model that is currently offered for sale is a refreshed version and is attractive and beautiful from all the angles. It has a sophisticated and elegant look, while keeping things neat and simple. It flaunts a two slat front radiator grille, sleek headlights, sculpted bumpers, ORVMs with chrome décor, attractive tail lights and well designed rear.
On the other hand, the latest Honda City sedan is in its fourth generation and flaunts the Japanese car maker’s Exciting H design philosophy, which has been charming the Indian car buyers for over two years and is ensuring the car’s top position in the segment, despite very tough position, although it has been getting beaten by its closest competitor the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The Honda City boasts of a stylish design that is bolder, more contemporary and sharper than the previous generation model. The City manages to offer a perfect balance of elegance and sportiness which really makes it appealing. It has a sharp and sleek styling all over with a boldly designed front grille, highly stylized headlights, sharp and muscular bumper design, smooth side profile and a very sharp rear design with beautiful tail lights. On the whole, the ongoing City flaunts Honda’s sheer styling brilliance.
Power and performance really matters, especially in the higher segments. And these two C-segment sedans are both capable performers that they are expected to be.
The Fiat Linea is available in both petrol and diesel versions. The Linea petrol comes powered by a 1.4-liter T-JET petrol mill that offers a max power output of 114hp and a top torque of 207Nm in the regular petrol variants. In the newly introduced sportier 125 S variant, the same petrol engine is tuned to offer a higher 125hp (125PS) and also a bit more torque of 210Nm. The engine is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the diesel Linea packs in a 1.3-liter Multi-Jet diesel motor that offers 91 bhp.
The current generation Honda City also comes along with a first time diesel counterpart apart from the regular petrol version. The City comes with a 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol motor and a 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel motor. The petrol belts out max power of 117 bhp of peak power and a top torque of 145 Nm, while the diesel mill can generate a peak power 98.6 bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of top torque.
The top of the range Fiat Linea is loaded with many good equipments including automatic climate control, 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity, rear view camera capability, cruise control, rear AC vents, height adjustable driver’s seat, advanced audio system, steering wheel mounted controls, ambient lighting, premium leather seats, Microsoft’s Blue & Me software which enables pairing five mobile phones, reverse parking sensors, etc. The premium sedan comes with high safety features including airbags, all disc brakes, ABS and much more.
The range topping Honda City is also loaded with all the bells and whistles. The sedan is very spacious, luxurious and comfortable on the inside boasts of many highly alluring features including an 8 speaker advanced audio system integrated with a 5 inch display screen, CD, aux-in, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, steering wheel mounted controls, height adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, a rear view camera with three viewing options, blue ambient lighting, an electric sunroof, smart key and pinch guard. The Japanese sedan is also high on safety measures and comes braced with ABS with EBD, dual SRS airbags among others.
The fully loaded top of the range diesel model trim of the Fiat Linea is tagged at Rs. 10.9 lakhs, while its range starts from Rs. 7.5 lakhs. On the other hand, the Honda City’s range topping diesel version has been priced at Rs. 12.6 lakhs, while its base petrol model costs Rs. 8.2 lakhs (all prices, ex-showroom). So, there is a bit of a price difference.
The Fiat Linea is a highly capable and sophisticated premium quality mid-sized sedan from the house of the Italian car major. It is high on style, elegance and premium appeal, while its petrol version is also the most powerful in the entire segment. On the other hand, the Honda City has become the best of the iconic premium mid-sized sedan that it has always been. The City comes with great improved and stylish design language, premium and stylish interiors, a long list if alluring features, refined engines and enhanced fuel efficiency. The current City is really worth all the attention that it has been witnessing ever since launch in India. Although there is a slight difference in the price range between the two sedan models, the Honda City is the better model of the two, considering all the aspects.