Used Fiat Bravo Hatchback 1995 - 2002 review

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Section: Our recommendations

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

Our recommendations

Which used Fiat Bravo hatchback should I buy?

During the Bravo's life, the most basic engine - the 1.4, or the 1.2 that replaced it - was the top-selling model and it's also the one to buy second-hand.

Either engine is gutsy enough and, anyway, a Bravo is best driven in a relaxed style. There were also a 1.6, a 1.8, a 2.0 hot hatch and a pair of diesels, but all they do is show up the limitations of the chassis. If you must have of these, the 1.6 is the best bet. The other motors don't suit the car particularly, although the diesels and willing and economical, if noisy. An auto gearbox is available with the 1.6 but it is likely to give trouble after a few years. The manual gearboxes, however, are tough, so stick to one of them. SX trim is the most common, offering electric front windows, remote locking and a decent stereo. ELX and HLX, the top two trims, are scarce but provide plusher cabins, alloy wheels and, in the HLX, the air-conditioning and anti-lock brakes absent from other models.