Fiat Bravo (2007 – 2014) At A Glance
The Fiat Bravo has the kind of stunning styling that Italians somehow seen to do almost effortlessly. In the right colour its probably the best looking mid-size hatchback you can buy.
Yet my first impressions of it werent too good. After a truly spectacular launch in Rome we got to drive a diesel on 18 wheels with 40 profile tyres to Ostia and back. A distance of about 30 miles.
All I learned from this was light, feel-free and unresponsive steering, whatever setting, and terrible ride quality. It wasnt until Fiat delivered a 1.4 T-Jet 150 to me that I got to drive it properly.
A year since the launch I still admire the styling. Like a bigger Grande Punto with an unmistakably Fiat look that doesnt come from its grille shape but from the heart of Italian design.
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Will a hybrid car still give good mpg on long journeys and country roads?
"I currently drive a 2011 Fiat Bravo Multijet diesel - I bought it for the MPG and it hasn't disappointed in that regard, although it's irritatingly unreliable and handling isn't great. Despite living in the city centre I regularly commute 200+ miles on both motorways and country roads. The Fiat is living up to it's 'Fix It Again Tomorrow' joke - and I'm worried about taxes coming in on diesels as I regularly work in cities. I need a car that can handle both motorway driving and tricky country roads. I've been looking at hybrids hoping I could get a similar MPG to the diesel, but all the reviews say they're not great on motorways and country roads. Should I give up and go for a petrol engine or take the risk with a diesel? I'm looking for something under £20,000. "
In 2004 I had a Toyota Prius II and its overall average over 3776 miles was 48.83mpg, which wasn't so great. Then in In 2011 had to deliver an Auris hybrid 300 miles, mostly motorway, and it did 63mpg, so they got better. Phenomenal reliability. Low maintenance costs. I'd go for the lighter Toyota Auris rather than the Prius.
What's the best family car for £10,000?
"We are looking for a family car. Our main criteria is:
(1) Big enough for a young family yet as car like as possible and easy to drive/park locally;
(2) Comfortable on long motorway journeys;
(3) Lots of safety equipment;
(4) Decent running costs.
Our budget is around £10,000, our annual mileage will be around 10,000 miles. Ideally I would like it to be no more than 18 months old (preferably newer).
Our shortlist is:
(1) Kia Ceed hatch 1.4 petrol (probably level 2);
(2) Ford Focus 1.0 ecoboost (possibly titanium);
(3) Seat Ibiza Estate 1.2 tsi (possibly FR);
(4) Fiat Bravo 1.4 or 1.4 multijet; and
(5) Ford C-Max 1.0 ecoboost or 1.6 petrol (possibly titanium).
What would your top 3 be (including engine size / trim, if possible) and are there any other contenders that I have missed?
(1) Kia Ceed hatch 1.4 petrol (probably level 2); If you can get one for the money.
(2) Ford Focus 1.0 ecoboost (possibly titanium); If you can get one for the money.
(3) Seat Ibiza Estate 1.2 tsi (possibly FR); Good idea. If you can get one for the money.
(4) Fiat Bravo 1.4 or 1.4 multijet; Not as good as the others
(5) Ford C-Max 1.0 ecoboost or 1.6 petrol (possibly titanium). If you can get one for the money.
Is the Fiat Punto Evo a good replacement for my Fiat Punto Grande?
"I might change my 2009 Fiat Punto Grande for a new Fiat Punto Evo next February or March. In what respects, if any, would the Evo be better than my Grande (apart from age, of course?) and, is there likely to be any new model of Fiat to improve or replace the Evo in the foreseeable future? Fiat has no plans to replace the current Punto or Bravo because they are not moneymakers."
Fiat has stopped calling it the Grande Punto Evo now, and it's back to just plain Punto. Test and video here: www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/fiat/fiat-punto-twinair-2012-road-test//. Fiat has suspended all plans to replace the current Punto and Bravo models and to instead concentrate on models that make more money.
Five-year warranty on a Fiat Bravo (59 plate)
"Your review states that a 5 year guarantee was applicable from 2008.
When buying the 1.6 Eco diesel Bravo I mentioned this to the salesman and was told that the "5yr" only applied for a short period. Our Bravo was ineligible. Can you shed some light on the anomaly?"
No. We are unaware that FIAT withdrew this.