The mid-size sedan segment is one of the most evolved and matured segment in the Indian market and it accounts for majority of the sales number after hatchbacks and premium hatchbacks. Some of the cars in this segment like the Honda City and Hyundai Verna have done distinguishingly well and have worked wonders for the respective manufacturers. The two cars – Fiat Linea and Ford Fiesta, despite being very good products did not sell as well as they deserved to.
We do a specification comparison of the Fiat Linea with the Ford Fiesta and find out they stand alongside.
The specification comparison sheet has been prepared by comparing the Fiat Linea 1.3 Multijet Emotion (Diesel) with the Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Titanium (Diesel).
Fiat Linea exteriors Vs Ford Fiesta exteriors
The new Fiat Linea exudes style and does look great from every angle. The changes to the old car have been very minimal. The front grille now gets two slats and there is a new bigger bumper with larger air dams. There are not many changes and the nose still is very old car like.
On the side, there are electrical ORVM and clutch style door handles. The beefed wheel arches that gradually merge into the waistline, make the car look muscular. The rear end of the car has a large boot lid, chrome linings, and houses clear lens type tail lamps. There are 16 inch alloy wheels which go very well with the European looks of the car. The ground clearance of the new car is up too at – 185mm.
The Ford’s Fiesta has all new. The grille at the front is inspired form the Aston Martin and looks beautiful, it carries five lean chrome bars that makes the car look elegant. Just beneath the grille, the number plate is placed. Flanked by thin and sharp headlamps, the front of the car is very distinguishable and is indeed a head turner. There are twin fog lamps in the deep recesses of the far end of the bumper, beside the air dams, which further enhance the sporty character of the car.
On the sides, there are the ORVMs which have indicators integrated into them. The big and muscular wheel arches have 15 inch alloy wheels which go very well with the overall looks of the car. At the rear, there are high mounted, all new tail light cluster which makes the car look very sporty. The overall styling clues go very well and none of the elements look out of place.
Fiat Linea interiors Vs Ford Fiesta interiors
The new Linea uses high quality of plastics and upholstery. The new interiors are the same as we have seen on the Punto Evo. The seats are very comfortable and offer good support and space to the passengers in all areas. Due to the low height, tall passengers, in the rear seats, will struggle for headroom. Dash board looks well designed and nicely arranged. The three spoke power steering looks stylish and offers audio controls to the driver. Some of the details that the instrument cluster offers to the driver are - average and instant fuel consumption, date and time, and distance to empty.
The “My Car” feature will let you customize features of the car as per your choice and convenience. You can choose to switch On/Off airbags, control beep and buzzer volume, speed limit, lets you decide if the doors should close automatically or not etc. Microsoft’s “Blue&Me” also let you connect phone to car’s system and allows you to give voice-activated commands, receive and make phone calls, change music tracks, and have your messages read out too. There is a rear AC vent too that help the interiors cool more quickly. There are sufficient storage spaces too - two cup holders, a glove box, and door pockets. The boot space is generous too at 500 litres and can carry lot of luggage.
Ford has improved the quality of plastics of interiors and the design is all new too. The interiors are similar in design to the ones we have seen on the EcoSport. The dual-tone black beige shade looks good and goes well with color of the seat fabric. There is plenty of space to store small belongings and things in the form of cup holders, glove box compartment, bottle holders, magazine pockets etc. There are power sockets that can be used to charge your phone and other devices too. The voice-operated Sync system of the car comes with features like Emergency Assistance and AppLink. The emergency assist automatically dials the emergency number in the case of an accident and the Applink can make use of some particular applications of the phone to display them with the car’s infotainment system. There’s a music system with six speakers which supports Aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity for external devices. The car offers 430 litres of boot space which is sufficient enough to carry decent amount of luggage.
Fiat Linea engine Vs Ford Fiesta engine
Fiat offers Linea with three engine options - two tunes of 1.4-litre FIRE petrol power mill and a 1.3-litre Multijet diesel power mill. The higher power petrol version of the car, powered by a 1.4-litre (1368cc) FIRE petrol engine delivers 112.4bhp of peak power at 5000rpm and peak torque of 207Nm at 2200rpm. The lower power petrol engine delivers 88.8bhp at 6000rpm and peak torque of 115Nm at 4500rpm. The diesel variant of the car is powered by a 1.3 litre (1248cc) multijet engine and delivers 91.7bhp at 4000rpm and peak torque of 209Nm at 2000rpm. All three engines are coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The Fiesta is only available with a diesel engine (1.5-litre DuraTorq) option. The TDCi engine is a 4 cylinder motor with 2 valves per cylinder configuration has a capacity of 1498cc. The peak power that the engine develops is 89.75bhp at 3750rpm and peak torque of 204Nm at 2000 - 2700 rpm. The engine is coupled with the conventional 5-speed manual gearbox which transfers the power to the front wheels.
Fiat Linea mileage Vs Ford Fiesta mileage
The Linea diesel offers an efficiency of 17.2kmpl in the city and 20.4kmpl on highways. The lower spec 1.4 liter petrol engine offers 11.2kmpl in the city and 14.9kmpl on highways. The more powerful petrol motor on the other hand delivers 11.3kmpl in the city and 15.7kmpl on highways.
The Fiesta only offers a diesel engine and it manages to deliver 17.5kmpl in the city and 23.5kmpl on highways.
Fiat Linea safety features Vs Ford Fiesta safety features
The Linea is very well equipped in terms of safety features. The front wheels get disc brakes while the rear wheels use drum brakes. The safety is further enhanced by Anti Lock braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) system. Other safety features that you get are - Anti-theft engine immobilizer with rolling code (FCS), Fire Prevention System (FPS), airbags, digital door open indicator, power steering, double crank prevention system, automatic door lock, driver seat belt warning etc.
Ford Fiesta comes with an advanced braking system that uses ventilated discs at front and self adjusting drums at rear. Other features like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) compliment the braking system well. There are dual front airbags in the top-end and mid variant. The base variant gets only driver side airbag. There are other safety features like energy absorbing bumpers, crumple zones, central locking, remote programmable key entry, child lock, engine immobilizer etc.
In terms of specifications, both the cars are indeed well equipped and there it is really hard to pick a winner based on equipment level. The Linea offers three engines – two petrol and one diesel and the car is amazingly well equipped too, the Fiesta on the other hand only offers a diesel engine.
You cannot go wrong with any of these cars. However, we prefer the looks of Fiesta and consider it one of the best looking cars in the category. The car is marginally expensive and does not offer an option of petrol engine which is a disappointment.