well here goes my experience...: 1 . Deciding on fiat linea
: My previous cars...first car:Fiat palio,Second car: Ford fiesta.Both were second hand cars.Reason for new car: I got cheated.My ford fiesta had a accident history with major repair which was hidden and sold to me.But the vehicle was absolute wonder to drive.With 1.6 petrol it was real fun.But the mileage was eating my pocket and wanted to chamge it to diesel.When I came to know the accident history,it added to my reason to change my car...BUT ONLY NEW CAR.
My options were 1.New ford fiesta 2.Old shape ford fiesta 3.New fluidic verna 4.Fiat linea 5.Volkswagen vento.
I spent enough time reading reviews in magazine and net.I test drove all the vehicles.
New fiesta: Ride quality was fabulous.Signature ford comfort,pleasure.But I was really shocked and disappointed at the interior qulaity and space.It was full let down.Though a fan of ford,it was a full stop for ford.Price was high but definitely not value for money..Thought of going for old fiesta shape..but felt buying something at 10 lacs which is getting phased out is of no use...so ford is dead.
Verna: Beauty...shape and interiors very impressive..price was also felt rightly priced.Engine was much refined and powerful.Driving though not as comfy as ford..but good enough.But had poor reviews of handling and stability issues in high speeds..As per me it is definitely important factor as I would be driving in highway often.Still I was almost going to buy verna..But in the showroom the sales service was at such high pedestal as they were selling hot cakes.No time for customers.No requests listened and also waiting period of 6 months.May be if salesman spent quality time with me I would paid advance then..But I felt its good that I did not buy because my friend who has a fluidic verna said that at high speed he is not confident of the car..
Vento: A good car..neat shape...But interiors and features not corelate with the price tag.Drive was good..Stability excellent..Everythings good about the car BUt lacks feautures and luxury of car of this price.No value for money.I said no....
Fiat linea: Had fell in love at first sight.The shape I really love...Bit of contemporary and modern design.It was a style statement matching my personality.It the elegance of a luxury car.Interiors were definitely far beyond fiesta,vento and little less or as good as verna..( for me verna is best).Value for money..This is the one(It was costing me 1.5 lacs less than verna).Look at the build strength..Only vento can stand next to it.You have to feel it..Some reviews said steering too close for comfort..but I did not feel so..Test drive was good..But driving comfort not as good as ford.The power was definitely a bit less..Particularly felt in second gear..but later its ok..It is said after 2000 rpm it really powers up.I felt I am sitting in a much expensive and strong car.Suspensions,steering feedback,stability were one of the best..
I decided Fiat linea for VFM
,Strong Built,Good interiors,great interiors,...and I fell in love at first sight..I compromised on less power,worrysome after sales service of tata.
I got my Fiat linea multijet diesel top end emotion pack on road for 9.7 lacs,with extended warranty,free insurance,few accessories like mats,mud flaps,neck cushion,door guards,Door sills..Because of goof up done by dealer which i narrated earlier,I was further given with 'Imitation leather' seat covers,Anti rust under chassy coating, component speakers replacing all OE speakers...