Bravo's dimensions are somewhat appropriate for city driving and we must admit that squeezing through cars isn't difficult at all. The 1.6-liter Multijet powerplant is more than enough for driving the car in the city but the 6-speed manual transmission is a bit annoying especially in a crowded city. Sure, an automatic transmission would be more than welcome but the best we could get was a DualLogic configuration, only available as an option across the range.
The aforementioned powertrain isn't impressive in terms of fuel consumption and emissions. The officials figures are pointing to a hard-to-achieve (and trust) 6.9 l/100km (34 mpg) but we weren't able to go lower than 8.9 l/100km when driving as economically as possible.
The feature that counts the most in urban driving however is the so-called "City" mode. Also available on some other Fiats out there, this special function was specifically created to increase handling and lighten the steering, which basically translates into easier parking and more comfortable turns. And even if we're not exactly the kind of drivers who'd like a car without power steering at all (let's name them classic car aficionados), we must admit that Bravo's "City" mode is a bit too much and could sometimes lead to more trouble, especially in tight turns.
Front visibility is already one of the areas Bravo excels in, mostly thanks to the front large windshield but, there's more than that. The car comes fitted with "cornering" adaptive fog lights which are automatically switched on while cornering, depending on the angle of steering.
The car we tested was equipped with parking sensors, which turned parking into an extremely easy process, no matter how tight the space.
But, again, the tiny rear window is the source of a new headache. Not only because it reduces visibility enough to force you to put all your faith in the parking sensors, but also due to the fact that it also cuts the amount of light within the car down to a "below average" level.
All in all, the Bravo is quite useful if you're just planning to go shopping or just travel to and from your office but you still may be unpleasantly surprised by the fuel consumption figures you achieve after spending some time in a traffic jam.Continue reading
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Do you know how many 'mericans have started talking about Fiat in the past year? News about the Fiat-Chrysler takeover/alliance/whatever have gone past the suburbs' white picket fence gossip towards the hick part of the country, where I now reside.
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