Hello Everybody. Before we go into the details about the car let’s finish off the boring stuff first, i.e., introduction J I am from Noida and an IT professional. I am better at writing codes than anything else which requires you to express your feelings and emotions. So bear with me as this post is not going to be like others we have on the forum where people pour their heart out in words. I have been driving my dad’s Daewoo Matiz (yes the good old Matiz) for last 14 years and I love her till the day. She has always been a pleasure to drive and I could not find any car of its class when we brought her home. It was the family’s first car and we plan to keep her forever. She is still in a very beautiful shape with no major issues as such. However, with time passing by the maintenance bills started getting heavier every year and there was a need for better and bigger car in the family. Also Matiz started having intermittent issues with AC/Coolant/Braking etc. With this the search for a new car began in the budget of 8-9Lakhs (Which I knew could be stretched if needed ). Also, since my running is going to be considerably high (~100Kms on weekdays), it was thought that diesel would make more sense. Below were the cars considered: 1. Honda City: It is a crime not to consider this car in the segment I was looking for. However, I liked the petrol engine more than that of diesel. Also I am not a great fan of the sharp lines/fluidic design. The body on the ANHC felt wafer thin and the TD did not inspire much confidence while maneuvering it at slightly higher speeds. Also this car has become too common for my taste. I have always liked something that is not too common. So city was given a miss. 2. Hyundai Verna 4S: Again I am not a fan of the whole fluidic design. I (and who doesn’t) love curves and smooth lines. The engine was responsive but somehow I did not find it fun to drive. Also my parents did not like it. 3. Skoda Rapid: Not really in the list but still considered and then ignored by all 4. VW Vento: Overall liked it but was on the expensive side and very less dealer ships. 5. Fiat Linea: To be frank I always had my heart on this car. I loved the beauty of the car and heard very good reviews from anyone who had them or had TD’d them. So went for the TD of the Emotion Multijet. The initial response from the engine was slow and also coming from petrol it felt even more slugging because of the driving habits. However, as soon as the RPM crossed the 2100-2200 range it was a different game altogether. The car was so much fun to drive and hugged on to the road like anything even on high speed turns. Speed where I felt nervous in Honda City or others while turning. Build quality on the Linea was awesome and it has a feeling of safety. Everyone in the family liked the car very much. Personally I thought 1.6 would have done justice to this heavy car but 1.3 is also manageable. It was decided that this was going to be our next car Color Selection: Initially my heart was to go with the Magnesium Grey. While doing TD (on pearl white) saw a T-Jet in the same color and I somehow didn’t like it much. Dad was of the same opinion. Next was the Tuscan wine which I really liked. Fortunately, just before booking I saw an old Tuscan wine and it looked damn dull. Maybe because of owner’s carelessness or whatever but there the Tuscan wine lost its place in my heart. Maybe it’s a color which requires lot of care. Liked white and black both but we were not going to pick any one of either. Black because it’s hard to maintain and white because I find it a bit Taxi’sh looking (my personal opinion though). So we went for the Minimal Grey/Silver which is a very universal/common color as far as cars are concerned. Comparatively easy to maintain and gives the car a bigger appearance. Booking: The car was booked on 3rd of May from Kashyap’s and a tentative date of 13th was given. The actual car was delivered on 21th May only. There is lot to write about the dealership experience which I will probably do in a different post some time later. Current Status: It’s been almost 17 days since I brought her home and have driven close to 1500 Kms till now. The average I am getting till now is close to 15.4 in city with full AC. Initial Experience: Here I will write about the initial experience of driving her. In the looks section she had always scored a touchdown and makes you drool over her. I liked the looks of the old linea more than the facelift but the facelift’s design seems to grow over you with time. Ok, so back to the driving experience. Initially I found that the gear ratios were weird, and felt that at time like in bumper to bumper traffic or on speed breakers etc there is lot of maneuver that one needs to do with the gears. Also, the lag was noticeable in first and second gears. Third gear was the one which I liked. The car picked up really well once the rpm was bit above 2100. However, as a traditional engine run-in practice, that was the exact time when I had to gear up. It was difficult but I managed to run-in the engine for first 1000 kms and kept it under 2200. In terms of handling the car turned out to be superb. It is super stable and goes where you take her to. Also, the noise levels inside the cabins are insulated very well. Current Experience: I think the engine has opened up quite a bit or I have got used to the driving style for a diesel or both, but the response has improved a lot. I don’t feel any turbo lag as such and the cars reaches 2500 rpm level very quickly before I shift gears. The efficiency also seems to have improved a wee bit maybe because my driving style has changed. But the car is completely fun to drive now. I can’t stay away from her for more than a day and always feel like taking her for a ride. I am yet to go on a long drive so that I can feel her on the highway where I am sure she is going to be a lot more beautiful. Will update when that happens. Issues: Till now no issues as such (Touchwood). The only problem that I seem to have is with the seating position. I am 6ft 2 and I never had any issues with Matiz, which obviously does not have height adjustment or steering adjustment. I never had any issue with the seating on her. With Linea, for some reason I don’t seem to find that exact seating position even after trying multiple things. Sometimes the back is at comfort but the hands/legs stretch. When legs/hands are at comfort, the back aches. Not sure why this is happening and maybe others could provide their opinions/suggestions on how to set the position properly. Other than that I don’t see any issue currently. Overall I am enjoying each and every moment with her and she is total fun to drive. My friends/family who tried to persuade me to buy anything but fiat now seems to have fallen for this car as well after they actually experience it. I think it’s time that fiat needs to come up with a good marketing strategy. They have really strong products but aren’t marketed correctly. People still have an image of Padmini when you say Fiat to them. At the moment I don’t have much pictures of her but will upload as and when I get them and time permits. Thanks for reading a long/boring post. Cheers! Note to mods: Please feel free to Remove/Modify/Alter in case there are any issues with the thread or content.