The Honda FRV is not a common sight on our roads, which is beneficial to the limited buyers in terms of resduals and as a result Honda's best kept secret in my view.
Forget reports of tyre/wind noise although they are sometimes audible they are never intrusive even when travelling at the legal 70+. The car looks like a BMW X3 but not as angular. Handling and performance from this gem of an engine is superb Brakes are very good.
Boot Lip another criticism is unfounded I owned a 05 Corolla Verso and everytime you opened the boot the contents came spewing out so you pays your money etc etc. This Honda does not include Auto/see me home lights, rain sensing screen, traffic avoidance system but it is an honest safe & reliable alternative to other run of the mill MPV's out there.
Just a quick update.
I've had the car a month and I'm farly satisfied with the fuel economy. Most of my driving is on the motorway, where I can get the chance to switch the cruise control on and see how little fuel I can use.
On a recent run of about 80 miles, it averaged 51mpg, which is close to Honda's claimed figures. I found that the most economical method was to put it in sixth gear, hover at about 60mph with cruise selected and just watch the world go by.
When I needed to overtake, there was no need to change down and the car zipped by very handsomely indeed. If I'm less pedestrian, I'll get an average of about 43mpg over a similar distance. It still beats my last car hands down and I'm expecting the figures to get better as the engine gets more run in.
Accommodation is as good as I hoped. I recently had six adults in the car, and while I wouldn't want to go 500 miles like that, everyone was comfortable. I had a camping trip with five people in the car and we got all our gear and luggage in the car without the need for a roof rack, and everyone got a proper seat. Job done!
The FR-V continues to impress. One month in and not a single glitch. I'm extremely satisfied with it so far
I bought my 1.7 FR-V new in February 2005. I have a big family so this car is ideal.
The only negative point is that some noise intrudes at speed (over 95km/h).
It's a fantastic choice for a MPV.
We took delivery of this car last Saturday and from day one we have been very impressed. The car is very comfortable, and although it has a relaxing ride it also handles fluidly through the corners. The interior is very flexible. It allows us to have our three year old in the front with us on long drives which he loves.
Seating is impressive, although I recommend that you go for the leather seats instead of the squashy standard cloth items. As usual with Honda it is very well specified, with an excellent standard of build quality.
Although I see that many people have criticised the electronic hand brake it really isn't that difficult to use and releases lots of space on the dash. After just a week, it really holds no fears.
So far consumption is not too bad given it is not a small car. We have averaged 32 miles per gallon. Other small gripes include the visibility which is good for forward vision. However, peripheral vision is not very good and reversing requires careful consideration. Lastly, Honda amazingly do not offer an ISOFIX seat for this car. On picking up the car the salesperson thought he had ordered such a seat, but subsequently told us that they didn't make isofix seats. (amazing).
Overall the Honda FRV can be recommended as a refreshingly reliable and spirited drive in a market full of large barge like transport. It can be recommended for families who want reliability but also want a bit of fun whilst driving but also value comfort.
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