And it's a FIAT
dont be silly, they're both fiats.
in my mind the bravo vs 147 debate comes down to what you want. if you want a practicle A2B family car then the bravo is a better choice, but if you want to enjoy driving then the 147 is best. dont forget the 147 is built on a tipo platform, the bravo is built on a stilo platform, that alone is a good enough reason to run away from the bravo. fiat should be punished for even considering the use of the stilo platform for anything other than a wheely bin.
my main concern with the bravo is that the design, engineering and testing was done by computer using virtual cars and components. considering the failures of the stilo were so numerous and serious, you'd expect them to make sure they got the bravo right first time, yet prototypes weren't even built until all the decisions had been made and the factory tooling was complete and ready for production. fiat are proud of this fact, i'm shocked and worried.
also consider the stilo's main weakness , its rear suspension, well the bravo has torsion beam rear suspension so dont expect things to have changed. note that when alfa turn the bravo into the 149 it will have full multilink rear suspension. why hasnt the bravo got proper rear suspension? because it isnt designed to be a good driver's car, its a shopping car.
i use fiatforum more than alfaowner, and to be honest so far the bravo hasnt suffered as many teething troubles as the grande punto did, but its still early days and there are far fewer bravo owners on the forum compared to GP owners so there is less info available.