2010 Fiat Bravo | new car review
The Bravo is a five-door hatchback due to arrive in the GCC in mid-2010, although it’s been on sale in Europe since 2007.
At the time of writing this, the car had yet to be officially launched, but we do have heads-up on the specifications. Expect it to target similar hatches like the SEAT Leon, Peugeot 308 and Ford Focus. It will seat five and has a 500-litre boot.
Just one engine is expected for the Bravo in the Middle East – a 1.4-litre turbocharged unit developed 120bhp, mated to a six speed Dualogic gearbox. This is not a conventional automatic transmission, but what’s called a robotised manual. Without getting too technical, it means the gearbox uses a clutch, like a regular manual box, but engages it and changes gear by itself, rather than relying on a torque converter like a regular automatic. To the driver, however, there remains just two pedals and no need to waggle the gear lever.
Three trims of the Bravo are due to be sold in the region. The entry-level model (62,900 AED) comes with manual air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel and 16-inch steel wheels.
Opt for the Comfort Pack (72,900 AED) and you’ll be riding on 16-inch alloy wheels and find the Bravo equipped with dual zone air conditioning, Bluetooth phone connectivity and the Blue&Me infotainment system, which includes hands free voice options and MP3 player connectivity. Front fog lights with a swivel cornering function are also included.
The Luxury Pack (82,900 AED) adds 17-inch alloys, cruise control and parking sensors as well as leather upholstery and a sunroof.
Safety-wise, the Bravo comes as standard with ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and front, side and curtain airbags. ISOFIX child seat attachments are also included. The Comfort Pack adds traction control and electronic stability control while the Luxury Pack model features a tyre pressure monitoring system.
The Bravo scored a maximum five stars for adult protection in the European EuroNCAP crash testing programme. However, it scored a less impressive three for child occupant protection and two for pedestrian protection.
Options include a range of fabrics, carbon effect and chrome trims and inserts and 18-inch alloy wheels.
2010 Fiat Bravo
Price (AED): 62,000 – 82,900
Engine: 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder
Max power (bhp/rpm): 120/5,000
Max torque (Nm/rpm): 206/1,750
Transmission: Six speed automatic (robotised manual)
Driven wheels: Front wheel drive