Fiat Bravo 2.0 Multijet Emotion: Bravo Fiat!
September 28, 2012
The Bravo is one of the most underrated models produced by Fiat even though it has a lot going for it: it looks good, handles well and has a surprise or two under the hood...
The Bravo has quite a remarkable history behind it, not least because it premiered twice. The compact, three-door Fiat Bravo was for the first time unveiled in 1995 along with its five-door twin called the Brava. The bold profile, outstanding handling and a wide range of engines won the Bravo/Brava the Car of the Year 1996 title. The car was produced for six years until it was replaced with a new model called Stilo. Much hope was put in that one, but it failed to become a strong competitor for the Golf and so the Bravo was revived in 2007.
The appearance is a major selling point of the car, but this should come as no surprise because the second-generation Bravo was designed by the famous Italdesign Giugiaro studio. The four-door car has a very slender profile. The front section is slightly reminiscent of another stylistically successful model, the Grande Punto. Seen from the side, the car has a compact and wedge-like shape with a rising hood and windscreen, a high window line and a sloping roof. The rear remains muscular with round taillights like those found in the first-generation Bravo.
For a car just 4.34 meters in length, the Bravo offers plenty of room inside. Not only can it comfortably seat five adult passengers, but it also has a 400-liter trunk. With the back seats folded down, the luggage space can be increased to 1,175 liters. The foldable backrests allow for easy reconfiguration of the passenger cabin so the Bravo can be easily turned into a family car.
The elegant dashboard is ergonomically designed and the three-spoke steering wheel is a comfortable fit. The seats hold the passengers comfortably and the driver gets a very good view from his seat.
The most important thing about the Bravo is what it hides under the hood. The car we test-drove came with a turbocharged, 2l/164 hp Common Rail diesel engine. The unit’s maximum torque is 360 Nm at just 1,750 rpm, which, combined with the car’s weight of less than 1,400 kilograms, allows the Bravo to accelerate from standstill to 100 kph in 8.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 215 kph, according to the technical specifications. The engine is both dynamic and economical. According to the producer, the car consumes 5.3 liters of diesel fuel per 100 kilometers. During the almost 800 km test-drive, fuel consumption was almost one liter higher, but given that the engine begged for a sporty drive, the air-conditioning was on all the time and the car was running on large, low-profile tires, this result is very satisfactory.
The test-drive was made even more enjoyable by the wealth of equipment available in the Emotion version of the car, which includes electric windows and side mirrors, six airbags, the ABS and ESP systems, beautiful, 17-inch aluminum wheels, xenon headlights, automatic air-conditioning and a high-end stereo with steering wheel controls.
It’s a real shame that, despite being one of the most attractive compact cars out there, the Bravo is not really popular and is not getting the attention it deserves.