The Fiat Bravo is a small family car originally produced between 1995 and 2001 by the Italian car manufacturer. As a three-door hatchback, it was developed to succeed the Tipo, fitted with all-new engines to provide more robust performance. In 1999, accessories, like more aggressive body kits and wheels, for the Bravo were introduced. The Bravo is not to be confused with the Brava, though the two are essentially the same car. The Bravo is just a three-door hatchback while the Brava has five doors. In 2007, the Bravo was revived as an all-new model in order to replace the Stilo (which replaced the original Bravo). This time around though, there was only one version of the car.
When the revived Fiat Bravo made its entrance once again to the market, many were attracted by its looks. If you can call a hatchback sexy, that would be the Bravo, marking the company’s break-away from dull-looking vehicles that undermined all the great things about the brand for the last 30 years. With such a tasteful car, Fiat was able to invoke memories of the most exquisitely crafted and sensuous cars in the globe, from the Lamborghinis and Ferraris to the Lancias and Alfa Romeros. If you’re looking for a vehicle that could turn heads, you’re in the right direction.
The Bravo is fitted with a MacPherson strut front/twist beam rear axle system. While this setup is less sophisticated compared to fully independent multi-link suspension systems, the one the Bravo is using has been extensively refined to be near comparable. The system is also supported by hydraulic rear axle anchor bushes, and features a wide array of modifications that improved precision and strength for the front axle. The Bravo offers not just excellent comfort but superb safety as well since the vehicle was provided a Euro NCAP safety rating of five stars for adult protection.
Step inside the Bravo and you’ll also be pleasantly surprised by such attractive, well-made, stylish interiors. If you’ve seen the interiors of a Fiat before, you’ll know the dull and fragile feeling it invokes. You may have gotten used to that but you’ll definitely like stirring things up with the freshness that the revived Bravo is offering. For starters, there’s the dual-textured main dash, the leather-bound steering wheel, and the tasteful combination of piano black and chrome.
The Fiat Bravo is spacious inside but the experience of driving one is not completely enjoyable, no thanks to a driving position that not all will be able to get comfortable with. The steering wheel can be adjusted four ways and even the seats and back rest are adjustable but the thing is some have found themselves keeping on adjusting everything in their vain attempt to find THE spot. This is possibly the fault of the classic Italian “short leg, long arm” stance that the Bravo follows. Those at the back will have a bit of a problem too with under-thigh support because the cushioning was placed too close to the flooring, even though knee room is decent enough.
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