Fiat Bravo 2.0 MultiJet 165 Sport
Is Fiat a cool brand? The 500, Punto and Bravo feel a little bit feminine for me and if not for the Abarth machines out there, every Fiat would be a bit of a pussy cat too. That's not good news when the majority of your line up are hatchbacks, and the biggest thing that sells a hatchback is excitement merged with practicability.
The new Renault Clio is a great hatchback. So too is the new Fiesta. Even the Citroen DS3 is a good car.
But all of those hatchbacks have a hot version to them, a model to which all other models look up to. So what's the Bravo got going for it?
Well this model, the 2.0 Multijet 165 Sport, is the pick of the range. Fiat have always been very good at diesel engines and the one powering this Bravo is testament to that. 165 bhp and 266 lb /ft make this car good for a top speed of 130 mph and a 0 - 60 time of 8.2 seconds. Out in the real world, it feels much faster than this, with the Bravo's in gear times proving almost as quick as a Golf GTD's.
Being diesel it's economical too; a combined cycle of 55.4 mpg is achievable and out on the motorway you could hit 60 mpg. Boot space is also excellent and you get a whole 365 litres of it in the 165 Sport. Inside, things are pretty good. The new Bravo was released in 2007 and so it isn't new at all. As such, the interior quality is not on par with the current class leaders. It's a comfortable place to be, though, with a good driving position and plenty of rear leg room.
Out on the road the Bravo is composed and relatively agile. Show it a few corners, though, and you can see this is not a hot hatch. Power delivery whilst acceptable in normal conditions is not linear and changing gear happens all too often. As such the Bravo is best kept on the motorway, where that 2.0 diesel engine can breath and deliver solid fuel economy.
The Fiat Bravo 2.0 MultiJet 165 Sport is a quick 2.0 diesel hatchback that should live on the motorway. It's styling is not on par with others in its class and it is not at all sporty, despite the name given to it. You'd have more fun with a smaller car with a smaller diesel engine, I reckon, such as the Citroen DS3 DSport e-HDi 115hp Airdream.