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Review: Fiat Linea T-Jet

Driven September 2013

Review: Fiat Linea T-Jet

We loved the earlier T-Jet. It was quick, handled well and looked good too. It was the first affordable turbocharged petrol car in the country, but it barely registered on the sales charts.

Now, there’s a new Linea T-Jet, the 2013 model. It’s almost the same car, with the same engine, same styling, only now, it’s available in three trim levels, unlike the two earlier.

The top-end T-Jet gets discs all-around, auto headlights and wipers, and an audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, among other goodies. It also rides on 16-inch wheels while the lower variants get 15-inchers. Ground clearance is now 190mm/185mm (top-end/other two trims levels), keeping our challenging road conditions in mind.

The 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine churns out 112bhp and 207Nm of torque, which takes it to 100kph in just 11.1 seconds. The motor feels a bit sluggish till the turbo boost kicks in at 2000rpm, but after that, it’s seriously quick.

The steering is light but communicative and entertains you well if you throw it around bends. The ride too is good, with the car easily gliding over bad roads.

The T-Jet starts at Rs 7.69 lakh and goes to Rs 8.94 lakh (both ex-Delhi).

The numbers
4cyl, 1,368cc, 112bhp, 207Nm, petrol, 5M, FWD, 0-100kph: 11.1sec, 80-0kph: 25.87m, 2.33sec, city kpl: 10.8, highway kpl: 14.1, Rs 8.94 lakh (ex-Delhi)

The verdict

The T-Jet was always a fun car. This new avatar livens things up with a bunch of options.

Agasti Kaulgi

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