Along with a strong diesel engine and decent refinement, the Fiat Bravo brings some flair to its class. It looks stylish, and is cheap to buy and run.
The ride and handling disappoint, build quality is below par and rear vision is poor. To cap it all, depreciation is heavy.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
An 89bhp 1.4-litre petrol model kicks off the range. This is best seen as an urban runaround, though, because it's a bit gutless. The 1.4-litre Multiair is a much better bet if you regularly drive on faster roads. There's also a 1.6-litre diesel that is pretty gutsy, so you don't have to rev it hard.
Ride & Handling
The Bravo can't match the nimbleness of the best small family cars because its light steering has an artificial feel and there's a lot of body lean in corners. To make matters worse, the suspension struggles to deal with imperfections in the road surface, making the ride jittery.
One of the Bravo's best aspects is its quietness. Road noise is well suppressed, and although there is some wind noise, it's far from intrusive. Engine noise fades into the background at a steady cruise and few manufacturers make smoother four-cylinder diesel engines than Fiat.