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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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68 reader reviews for Honda FR-V MPV.
  • 2.2 i-CTDi Sport 5dr

    peter james Date: 30/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My initial opinions of the Honda dealer and my FRV were good until some problems surfaced. The supplying dealer in Chester's performance was poor so I now visit a dealer closer to home. The reason I went far afield was because of availability, so you have been warned, shop locally. The FRV's MPG initially was fine 35/38 mpg however since the valve recall this has dropped drastically to around the 24/30 mpg mark and when you pull away particularly with a full load now there is a whine/roar probably from the transmission. This is unacceptable as the new dealership could not detect any such noise on take-off and as for the oil burning issue they advised I look in the handbook and reminded me that Honda diesels do burn oil? However the good news is sometimes consumption can reduce after 12/15000 miles. As I sat in the rear during the test drive I was unaware that the front legroom is so poor - but I am 6 feet tall. To achieve the three abreast seating you are sat close to the door NO I repeat you are sat up close against the door - and the sculptured seats ensure this happens. A number of people have mentioned soft paint - mine is almost a year old but looks three years old and I handwash the vehicle. However, try this: run a clean finger over the paintwork and it will mark? Verdict would I buy another? In 2008 there are much better, well equipped MPV's out there now so... NO.

  • 2.2 i-CTDi Sport 5dr

    DOMINIC LUCKHURST , KENT . Date: 02/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Have had Dsl FRV from new has all the toys which is nice and very safe, but what I like the most is three seats up front so when my daughter who is now eight and only get to see her every two/three weeks can sit up front quite legal with the approved seat so she finds it fun so she can talk to the adults and does not feel left out,it is comfortable to drive, a good fuel return, very satisfied have even got the extra 5yr excluding wear and tear warranty as intend to keep for a few years yet, a good buy, (well it is a Honda) The follow up by the Dealer and Honda was also very comforting that they cared

  • 1.7 SE 5dr

    Jeremy Gambin Date: 15/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had the car for 2.5 years. The only things I can complain about are : Driving in Malta is like driving in a city- short distances with frequent change of gears. I only average around 26 mpg; which is much less than the dealer promised me prior to buying the car. The leg room in front should be more- I am 6ft 3 inches, especially when one sees the the large amount of leg room at the back. The last thing is that there was a slight twiching noise from behind the driver's sunvisor, and the dealer told me that they would have to remove all the roof upolstery- so I preferred not having the job done . Other wise it has a nice ride,and practical for my large family, large bike and my Under 15 players team that I coach and transport

  • 2.0 SE 5dr

    Chris Hyde , Middlesex . Date: 06/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We were keen on a car with front three-abreast seats as we wanted our only child in the front with us. So we tried a new automatic Honda FR-V earlier this year. The ride was much worse than I expected, being too hard and bouncy and distinctly not family friendly. M Sah has a similar comment. However when we tried a 2005 2.0 litre SE (which we bought) we found the ride distinctly more comfortable than the new version, having a French-like soft edge.

    So, in facelifting the FR-V earlier this year, have Honda hardened the ride? If they have, I regard it as a big mistake.

    Other aspects of the car are good. Five of us travelled to the South of France and back this Summer, and the car was comfortable. There was no problem with lack of shoulder width with three adults in the front, though none of us are big. For me the design strikes a good balance between interior room and keeping the external width to a minimum. Other good points are a refined engine, a slick gearbox, good handling and it has good build quality. We have not noticed wind noise problems commented on by some others.

    I have only a few criticisms. The fuel consumption can be mediocre. Bigger Multipla-like side windows would be preferred. The steering is sensitive to road camber hence on UK roads I am usually correcting a slight tendency to pull to the left which is tiresome. Is this a common feature of modern cars or am I picky?

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