Fiat Brava / Bravo / Marea

Today's Fiat is no longer a conservative and slow-response giant. It has learned the importance of styling, packaging, character and image, therefore its recent products like Brava, Bravo, Barchetta and Coupe usually become the stars in magazines. 

The twins Brava and Bravo are actually the same model (Marea is the 3-box saloon or Estate version), the former is 5 dr version and the latter is 3 dr. But designers created two different appearance - Brava is more conventional while Bravo is sportier, but both are fashionable and niche.  

They were voted as European Car of the Year 1996, following Punto in 1995, which is the first back to back victory for a manufacturer. People like they styling, remarkable accommodation (though not as impressive as its predecessor, Tipo) and eager engines ( all SUPER FIRE engines are multivalves ). Nevertheless, their weak handling / ride, economy and the unmature image prevent it from being my favourite.  

The GTi version, 2.0HGT, uses the highly rated 5 cylinder SUPER FIRE engine. With 20 valves, variable valve timing and twin counter-rotation balance shafts, it is really a powerful and refined unit. Stiffer chassis setup helps improving the handling a lot, but still no 306-beater. 

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Brava 1.6SX
Bravo 2.0HGT
Front-engined, Fwd
Front-engined, Fwd
L / W / H / WB:
4187 / 1741 / 1420 / 2540 mm
L / W / H / WB:
4025 / 1755 / 1414 / 2540 mm
Inline-4, dohc, 4v/cyl.
Inline-5, dohc, 4v/cyl, VVT,
variable intake manifold, 
balancer shafts.
1581 c.c.
1998 c.c.
103 hp
154 hp
107 lbft
137 lbft
F: Strut; R: Trailing arm
175 / 65 R14
195 / 55 R15
1198 kg
1244 kg
Top speed
113 mph*
125 mph*
0-60 mph
10.0 sec*
8.1 sec*
0-100 mph
23.4 sec*
* Tested by Autocar

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