Fiat's Bravo is a handsome car, that's for sure. We won't go that far and say it's gorgeous or a head-turner, but it is attractive enough to make you keep your eyes on its body more than a second. Although some might believe that the car was designed by Giugiaro's Italdesign, the same automobile design and engineering company that created Fiat's Punto and Grande Punto, it's not. Bravo is the exclusive creation of Fiat Style Center, the Italian company's in-house division responsible for designing new models.
Bravo is far from being a "regular" 5-door hatchback. The front fascia is inspired by the one on the Grande Punto but comes with restyled headlights, grille and fog beams. Opinions are divided on the front look but some people think that it has "something" from a Maserati, especially when viewed from the side.
The rear on the other hand is completely different as compared to Grande Punto. It continues the aerodynamic feel of the rest of the car, with a fairly small rear window, which by the way has lots of disadvantages. The exterior mirrors are large enough to compensate for the tiny rear window we've told you about, providing a quite acceptable view of what happens behind the vehicle.
The new Bravo has only a few things in common with the old one, which was also sold as a five-door hatchback under the name Brava. Still, we can notice some slight similarities when compared to the three-door version, especially thanks to the sporty attitude and to the re-worked rear (99 percent-different from the five-door.
It measures 4336x1793x1499 mm, slightly bigger than the Golf (4199x1778x1478 mm), which usually translates into more interior space and larger trunk. And speaking of cargo volume, Bravo has 400 liters, more than Golf (351 liters) and Opel Astra (370 liters).Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Ah, those Italians! This tin can of a car probably has the dumbest... ahem... name in the history of Fiats. Don't those marketing chaps in Italy remember the nickname given to Fiat up until the late 1980s? I'll be a good sport and remind them. It was... ahem... "Fix It Again, Tony!" And, trust me, it was for a good reason.
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