The 1.6 Brava SX is a fine car. It's much better than the opposition around at the time. The 1.6 16V engine is a beauty: it gives the car decent acceleration, and is great on motorways.
The Brava is much roomier than a Focus or a Golf. It's great to drive, although the ride in the city can be a little harsh. On twisty roads or motorways, it handles really well.
Equipment levels on the SX are OK too, and build quality is good. Evidently 1.4 models are quite thirsty, but I average 35mpg in my 1.6, which isn't too bad, as it's mostly city or motorway driving for me.
For some reason Bravo/Bravas depreciate quickly, so bear that in mind. This does mean you can buy a good used one very cheaply. Insurance group seven means reasonable rates for most drivers. Servicing costs aren't bad either.
All things considered, the Brava is great to drive and is superb value for money.
Excellent car, great looks, loads of plastic.
This is an excellent and reliable runner. It has an attractive interior with plenty of room for a family with two kids and also good boot space.
It's good to drive but a bit bumpy on the road mainly due to the dreadful state of UK roads.
I have owned a 98 model for three years and apart from a battery and two new tyres it hasn't cost a penny in repairs.
However the wiring loom to the steering column is either very stiff or too short and when you adjust the steering wheel position connectors in the loom can pop out and cause a multitude of electrical faults.
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