Used Fiat Bravo Hatchback 1995 - 2002 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

Used Fiat Bravo Hatchback 1995 - 2002
  • Used Fiat Bravo Hatchback 1995 - 2002
  • Used Fiat Bravo Hatchback 1995 - 2002

What's the used Fiat Bravo hatchback like?

This characterful Italian hatch - basically a three-door version of the more family-friendly five-door Brava - caused quite a stir in its mid-1990s heyday with its bold styling.

Part of that character comes from its engines, which have a pleasantly sporty rasp on the move. And, even the smallest engine in the range - originally a 1.4 petrol, but which was later replaced by a 1.2 - is lively. Even when the car was launched, the ride and handling rated only as average, but at least the Bravo is noticeably sharper to drive than the Brava. However, whichever you choose, refinement is poor. Inside, the driving position suits most shapes and sizes and there's a fair bit of room - albeit not as much as in the five-door Brava, and a good-size boot. Best of all, equipment levels are high and prices are rock-bottom. On the other hand, these aren't the kind of cars that past owners have cherished, so you should expect them to need regular repairs.