The entry-level Bravo gets an 89bhp 1.4 motor, a lightly modified edition of the long-lived Fiat FIRE engine with 128 lb ft of torque that returns 44.8 mpg and 146g/km of CO2.

A more popular petrol option is the 1.4 T-Jet is an extensively reworked, turbocharged version producing 118bhp, the downsizing process providing 10 to 20 percent fuel economy and emissions improvements over comparable 1.6 and 2.0-litre engines.

As far as diesels are concerned. The 1.6-litre Multijet is the centrepiece of Fiat’s family of common-rail direct-injection turbodiesel engines and comes in either 103bhp or 118bhp form.

The 118bhp motor puts out just 115g/km of CO2, and will return 57.6mpg on the combined cycle. It’s also exceptionally refined. The higher powered car gets a variable geometry turbo and this, coupled with a more relaxed and meaty power delivery means smoother, more effortless performance. The only criticism we can find of the engine is a hint of breathlessness at low revs - even though Fiat claims that maximum torque arrives at just 1500rpm.

The Bravo 2.0 Multijet 165 diesel is now the most powerful Fiat Bravo, fitted with Fiat’s new common-rail 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine. It is an upgrade of the old 1.9-litre range-topper that enjoys a power boost of 15bhp – up to 165bhp – and added a further 40lb ft of torque, to 266lb ft at 1750rpm. It emits 10g/km less CO2 (139g/km) than the older unit and, at 53.3mpg, it delivers 2.9mpg more than the 16v 1.9-litre engine on the combined cycle.

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It provides a strong and steady stream of power and doesn’t noticeably run out of grunt until the top end of the rev range. Top-gear cruising is similarly effortless and, despite the known weakness of the bouncy Fiat Bravo ride, it's easy to maintain a steady, quiet and comfortable motorway pace. It capably blends petrol-like refinement with gutsy diesel clout that the other engine options in the range don’t deliver. 

All Bravos come with manual gearboxes apart from the 1.6 MultiJet 120 Dynamic Dualogic, which is fitted with Fiat’s six-speed Selespeed automatic transmission. 

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