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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.
  • 2.0 Sport 5dr

    Peter Covington , Nottinghamshire . Date: 05/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 2.2 i-CTDi Sport 5dr

    Gordon McKinlay Date: 24/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After owning a Zafira 2.0 DTi for 3 yrs, this diesel is fantastic. It pulls strongly from way down the rev range, no turbo lag or need to stir the gearbox like the Vauxhall and so much quiter.

    The seating arrangement is brilliant, my 2 kids love sitting up front (the wife is relegated to the back!) and when driving to work, I flip the middle front seat down and use it as a giant arm rest.

    The cruise control is brilliant - even in a 40 limit , you can set it, no need to look for speed cameras and concentrate on the road.

    The gearbox on the dash took a little getting used to, the first couple of times I changed gear using my daughter's knee and the hand brake is strange but again you get used to it - if you want to apply it and leave it on you have to remember not to press the button in or it will not stay on.

    Economy I've found is nearly as stated at around 43mpg and I'm hoping to improve on this with some longer runs. I've only given it 4 stars for running costs as Honda don't offer the packaged servicing deals for the diesel only the petrol.

    I like how you can fold 5 of the six seats flat giving a decent load area, I've been to the tip and although not quite as big as the Zafira, there is still plenty of room and you can still sit 3 up front if necessary. It's a shame the passenger seat doesn't fold flat it only tips forward.

    Although wide, it doesn't feel any wider than the Zafira on the road and the folding electric mirrors are really useful.

  • 2.0 Sport 5dr

    sotiris vassiliou Date: 25/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The 2.0 petrol is a zesty, revvy engine but fuel economy was surprisingly average at around 30mpg. The gearbox is fluid and loose but I didn't like the American-style handbrake because I had to lean forward to retract it.

    You can't increase the height of the driver's seat, because it tips forward as opposed to going directly up. Also, the seat bases aren't large enough and sitting three adults up front is cramped, because they rub shoulders and knees.

    It's a refreshing choice for a MPV.

  • 2.2 i-CTDi Sport 5dr

    Jonathan Grey Date: 24/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    Again, further to my earlier posts.

    The recall HAS NOT fixed the misfire/power loss problem - It still happens. According to dealer car is to be subject to a further recall for new engine remap in a few weeks when realesed by Honda.

    ***This problem seems to be afflicting ALL Honda 2.2 diesel vehicles - Read the reviews of Accord, CRV, FRV etc. on this site***

    Dealer has been great but I am getting fed up with the car now.

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