Road test: Lancia Musa Poltrona Frau 1.3 Multijet 95 hp

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Lancia Musa

Road test: Lancia Musa Poltrona Frau 1.3 Multijet 95 hp

City Limousine, which are the two words with which Lancia Musa wants to sell. We investigated whether the Lancia Musa is more than a Stadsmus.

Lancia has something magical, the brand can count on a rich history and still exudes style. In Belgium, the models are unfortunately not very often seen, however they fall on their design. Now the beautiful Lancia Thesis from the upper echelons of the range is gone, rest Lancia currently four models in order to fill the showrooms. The Musa is taking the van in the family, a large but compact city car that includes the Mercedes A-Class and Opel Meriva its competitors can count.

Recently, the model with Poltrona Frau equipment available, and provides more than enough ingredients to make the Musa a luxurious and comfortable car to make.

The brand Poltrona Frau has been working since the ’20s Lancia with the most demanding clients a very rich inner needs. Poltrona Frau has an ancestral expertise in the field of interior coatings, and it shows when you walk into the Musa. The leather is soft and the seats are so comfortable that you enjoy a trip to the south launch.

Lancia was not careful with the leather, the steering board, for example, fully clothed in Poltrona Frau, also ensures the well-kept stitching for a sophisticated look. The finishing of the interior do not let poor and even cocky classified. We find the instrument panel, center of the dashboard, just something that requires getting used to, but the passengers will have an occupation and with it a bit of the character of the car limousine emphasized.

The central panel is a silver-brown color and looks therefore performed very refined. The operation of all functions is very easy, most functions can be even with the steering wheel buttons operate. These function keys are silver, only its position could be better, now we sometimes accidentally pressed a button.

Poltrona Frau The special model has furthermore a panoramic roof, 16 wheels, bi-zone climate control and ESP.

Under the hood of the Lancia Musa Poltrona Frau 1.3 Multijet we found with 95 horsepower, an engine that we have already in the Fiat Punto and Fiat 500C Evo tested. Contrary to what the engine suggests, this involves a four-cylinder turbo diesel engine. While other brands always opt for three cylinders, we are still in favor of stability and quiet of a four-cylinder offers. Besides being able to provide the 1.3 Multijet 95 bhp for 200 Nm of torque at 1,500 rpm.

The couple is at its peak so early has its advantages of course in the city, there are smooth acceleration at low engine speeds or low speeds being very desirable. But the four-cylinder is also perfect service on the highway. The top speed of 173 km / h, we have obviously not achieved, but with the cruise control constant 130 km / h on the French or Italian highway was no problem.

Moreover, consumption of 5.5 litres/100 km was very under control, especially if you know that our Musa was loaded. In the town of Musa has an additional trump card, delivered the standard start-stop system design creates 15% less consumption. Switching is also through a smooth five-speed on the highway we sometimes had the impression that sixth gear would be welcome, something the brand in the future probably would respond to.

The behavior of Musa us pleasantly surprised by its high stance you would expect because it captures a lot of wind and also will lean in corners. But one way or another Lancia still managed to make a nice balance. In one of the most beautiful regions of Italy we took a winding road from San Gimignano to Volterra, and while we were pleasantly surprised by this so-called Stadsmus.

Sharp, sharp and smooth, that is how we define Musa on this track, not at all what we had expected in advance of this City Limousine. A very pleasant surprise. But if we should say something, then it is something that the steering is too light for the sharpest turns, but once you’re used to this go here automatically anticipate.

But since the brand CITY button provides the interior, where the steering is still loose going to behave, we wonder why the default should not be heavier. The CITY button because we did not to push because the default setting for more than flexible enough. Its smooth handling is partly explained by its fairly tight suspension, which helps of course winding roads, but when the road surface is damaged this will have consequences for passengers.

Especially in the back, your result may be quite shaken up because the seats have less shock absorption than the front.

The Lancia Musa starts at 17,400 euros, this will get the 1.4 petrol 95 hp in the Oro version. The Lancia Musa Poltrona Frau 1.3 Multijet with which we could go from 23,100 euros available over the counter. The Lancia Musa is basically ‘Oro’ implementation are already extensively equipped, as standard you get a leather steering wheel and gearshift, a radio / CD player, manual air conditioning, electric front windows, electric mirrors and ABS.

The Poltrona Frau implementation is of course a few steps further, with 16 wheels, Poltrona Frau leather, steering wheel controls, automatic climate control bison, a sunroof, front fog lights, ESP and Hill Holder. Major options appear to have the cruise control, parking sensor and light and rain sensor for three each 250 euros. In addition, a navigation system will cost 1,400 euro and a two-tone body color, you can get for 850 euros.

The limousine Pack seems very interesting anyway, it includes an automatic climate control, parking sensors, light and rain sensor, cruise control and 2 front armrest with lumbar support system for 750 euro if you or the Platino Poltrona Frau cab model. Who pays de Oro implementation chose Euro 1450. The full price list here.

As the main competitor for Musa Poltrona Frau, we like the Mercedes A-Class, which costs in the ELEGANCE model, with metallic leather interior and a 26,446.97 euro if you for the 160 CDI by 80 hp elect. The Lancia Musa with 95 horsepower with a similar equipment so easy to 3,000 euros cheaper than the A-Class.


The Lancia Musa is a pleasant surprise, the task we assigned to him from Ghent to San Gimignano on Saint Tropez was driving back to Ghent in the development of the model is likely not immediately top priority. But Musa has passed our test well and can now not only as City limousine but simply as a compact saloon sold. Poltrona Frau Especially the front seats that we were back in Musa made for comfort during the long ride.

In addition, the boot and rear legroom are remarkably large, but unfortunately the back is noticeably louder than the front seats. The 1.3 Multijet seemed to narrow as purely numerical, but did his service without much trouble and was kept very economical even with an average consumption of 5.5 litres/100km. A sixth gear would possibly still may be helpful, but the engineers at Fiat Powertrain certainly know better why five gears sufficient.

The cost of Musa is certainly not extremely low, but compared with its German competition, he certainly does not. You also have the Musa also provides a unique vehicle in your possession. Unless you live in Italy, since this model selling like hot cakes.

Lancia Musa

Road test Multijet Lancia Musa Poltrona Frau


Poltrona Frau + front seats

Consumption + 1.3 Multijet 5.5 litres/100 km

+ Large trunk, rear legroom

+ Standard Start / Stop System

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