Since we're talking about one of the most crowded car sectors on the market and competition is extremely fierce in every single category, safety features are playing a key role for each model in discussion.
And Fiat Bravo is quite a well-equipped model when it comes to this particular aspect, as the version we tested was equipped with plenty of features, including ABS with EBD, driver airbag, passenger airbag (deactivation support included), front side airbags and window airbags plus ISOFIX. Additionally, the car employs a so-called "ultra-resistant" body shell (Fiat's very own words), 3-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, and front head rests with anti-whiplash function.
All these features led to a remarkable five-star rating achieved in EuroNCAP's crash test, but only three stars for child occupant production and two stars for pedestrians. EuroNCAP results show that Fiat Bravo reacted pretty well to the frontal impact, but the steering column and ignition barrel still represented a risk of injury to the driver's femurs. As for side impact, the car scored the maximum points, with a single exception: the chest region was the only one to get an "adequate" rating.
As we have already mentioned in the other sections of our testdrive, our car lacked ESP, but we still had ABS and ASR which could prove to be very useful on slippery roads. Still, this 5-door hatch might cause some problems on open road where it is prone to understeering and oversteering when driven hard.Continue reading