Fiat Bravo Review & Ratings
- 13 June 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Fiat Bravo is classified as a small family car that is produced by Italian carmaker Fiat. Production of this vehicle first started in 1995 and ran until 2001. The Fiat Brava was the 3-door hatchback’s 5-door counterpart. The Bravo nameplate was revived in 2007 with a completely redesigned model that replaced the Stilo. The new version of this vehicle is only available with five doors. The Brava name was also used in the U.S in the 1980s with the Fiat 131. Both the Bravo and Brava were replacement for the extremely successful Tipo model.
The Bravo and Bravo models were significantly different from each other in terms of certain styling details as well as driving experience. The Bravo chassis was tuned for precise handling while the Brava was tuned for comfort above all else. The interior trim as well as the variety of body colors this vehicle was available in was completely unique to each version of these cars. Both of these vehicles came with brand new engines, with the base model using a 1.4 liter 12-valve engine that was capable of producing 80 PS.
There were also three petrol engines available for the Fiat Bravo, including the 103 PS 1.6 liter 16-valve, the 113 PS 1.8 liter 16-valve engine, and the higher end 2.0 liter 20-valve R5 unit that was also used in the HGT model and could produce up to 147 PS and was capable of a maximum speed of 213 km/h or 132 mph. The 155 HGT model eventually replaced the older model in 1999 with a power increase to 155 PS. There were two turbodiesel engines available for the Bravo, both of which were 1.9 liter 4-cylinder units. One of these turbodiesel engines could produce up to 74 PS and the other could produce up to 100 PS.
Saloon and estate versions of the Bravo and Brava became available in 1996 with the Fiat Marea badge. There was yet another car with the Brava underpinning launched in 1998 called the Fiat Multipla, which was a 6-seat compact MPV with a very unique exterior design. This car received a slight facelift in 1999, though most of the changes were minor, except for the 1.4 liter 12-valve engine with a 1.2 liter 16-valve engine from the smaller Fiat Punto as well as restyling of the dashboard. The 1.9 turbodiesel was eventually phased out for the 1.9 JTD diesel units for a better economy and refinement.
There were some Abarth accessories introduced in late 1999 for the Bravo, including more aggressive wheels as well as a bodykit. Performance of these accessories remained the same to the 1.8 HGT model. This vehicle was produced in 2000 up until 2002. The Bravo was eventually discontinued in 2001, replaced by the new Fiat Stilo. The Bravo was reintroduced to the market in 2007 as the Type 198 compact car. This car was introduced in January of 2007 at the Geneva Motor Show.
The 2007 version Bravo officially went on sale in 2010 in Brazil with three different petrol engines and three diesel engines that were available as well as three trim levels. The 150 PS T-Jet version of this vehicle comes with a special Sport button to provide the driver with an “overboost” function to speed up the car. The new 1.6 liter M-jet diesel engine was introduced at the end of 2007 as well as a more powerful 120 PS version in the Spring of 2008. The 105 PS version is available with the “Eco” pack, featuring certain changed to the car’s design pertaining to aerodynamics. The Bravo was definitely a popular vehicle from Fiat and remains so even today.