What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For It’s cheap to run and has lively engines

Against It has a harsh ride and average handling

Verdict Take the plunge only if it's sound inside and out

Go for… Brava 1.2 SX

Avoid… Bravo 2.0 HGT

Fiat Bravo Hatchback
  • 1. Equipment levels are high and prices are rock-bottom
  • 2. Listen out for clonking sounds from the suspension and check that the tyres are evenly worn across the tread
  • 3. Consider an emissions test to check for a faulty catalytic converter that could cause an MoT test failure
  • 4. Make sure that the timing belt on the engine has been changed within the last three years or 36,000 miles. If not, a big bill could be just around the corner
  • 5. Watch for signs of overheating due to the radiator being clogged - a milky gunk under the oil filler cap is a giveaway
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