Model for model, the boldly styled three-door Bravo actually costs more to buy used than the rather frumpy looking five-door Brava. Bravo is the better car to drive, too, and there are fewer around.
The most basic Bravo was the early 1.4 S model, identified by its unpainted plastic bumpers.
Revised Bravo and Brava models from February 1999 can be identified by their one-piece radiator grille. Earlier cars had a 'two nostril' nose. The Marea stuck with the one-piece grille.
Apart from the grille differences, there were about 1700 detailed changes. As a result, the current versions of Bravo and Brava are better to drive, with interiors of better quality and fewer rattles and creaks. What's more, despite being 200cc smaller, the new 82 bhp 1.2 engine is more powerful than the old 1.4 unit.
Largest member of the family is the Marea Weekend estate, although its luggage area is noticeably smaller than in a Mondeo. Four-cylinder 1.9 diesel Weekend models will probably hold their value better than any other model in the Bravo family.