We use cookies on whatcar.com to improve your browsing experience and to provide you with relevant content and advertising, by continuing to use our site you agree to this. Please see our privacy policy for more details. Continue

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

Own or drive this car?

Submit your own review here
68 reader reviews for Honda FR-V MPV.
  • 2.2 i-CTDi Sport 5dr

    Clive Lunn , Northants . Date: 27/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We have had this car for three months and, as a salesman, I have managed to clock up 11,500 miles so far. The fuel economy is awful despite being a diesel, currently managing approximately 30mpg. Previously, I had an Audi A4 and wish we could go back to it.

    Within two weeks of taking ownership of the car, we were experiencing engine problems which, on face value, appeared to be similar to a mis-fire. The supplying garage was not concerned, even when car ran out of fuel as soon as fuel warning light came on.

    When the car was about two months old, it broke down completely on the motorway with a loss of power steering and brakes. I managed to get the car going again and took it to a dealer in Northampton, which was very helpful. They apparently fixed the problem but on holiday in France three days later, the problem re-appeared.

    The supplying garage has been very unhelpful in particular, as they had applied the wrong licence plates to the car - they thought it was a Honda Civic!

    I wouldn't have another Honda, let alone another FR-V.

  • 2.0 Sport 5dr

    Sienna Rocco Date: 26/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Reason for Good rather than V Good Rating is the following:

    It is really nice to drive & useful for large items due to folding seats, however... 1 - Lack of storage space, had more in the HRV owned previously - the glove box is small, the Door storage is low & things fall out - should have the higher stringy, stretchy bit to keep books / items in. The Cup holder in front is too wide & water bottles fall out. 2 - The rear wiper does not go across the whole window, especially on the Driver's side! It should clean the whole window for safety! 3 - The central back seat belt is set too high that it cuts across the neck a little but this is a minor thing as it is three way so more secure? 4 - View in the front when taking corners is slightly obstructed.

  • 2.2 i-CTDi Sport 5dr

    Jonathan Grey Date: 16/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We have had this car for four-and-a-half months now and we like it a lot. There have been no problems so far (as with all Hondas I have owned). It is very practical and comfortable; the seats are excellent, there's lots of room in the back and I think the boot is an excellent size for an MPV. There are lots and lots of seat folding combinations.

    I am over 6 feet tall, and found it no problem sitting in the front middle seat for a one-and-a-half hour journey recently. The view through the rear window is a bit odd, but you get used to it.

    I think the dealer should get some credit as well. We sold our one-year old Audi A3 to get the Honda (our new baby had arrived) and the Honda dealer blew the socks off the Audi one in every department. The £330 service deal is a must.

    While the 2.2 diesel engine is better to drive than the 2.0 petrol (the one I test drove) I am not impressed with the economy. It is currently returning around 35mpg - very poor for a diesel. My Octavia 2.0 diesel gives 50mpg even when thrashed and it's much quicker than the Honda 2.2 engine. Obvously the Honda is heavier but I think it is still poor - goodness knows how bad the petrol mpg must be.

    One final gripe. Why on earth must I be stuck with the naff fake wood dashboard when the cheaper SE one has a great-looking gloss black one?

    Overall, it's a great car.

  • 2.0 Sport 5dr

    Mark Galbraith , Essex . Date: 18/09/2005
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my FR-V Sport new in March 2005. Having had a CR-V for three years, I thought that I would be in for a similar package. It's not.

    The plus points are the fuel economy versus the CR-V, I managed to average around 35mpg. The handling is excellent, as is the climate control and build quality.

    However, the big downside for me was comfort. Honda seems to have crammed three seats across the front in a package the same width as the Ford C-Max. I found the driver's seat to be too narrow and unsupportive. The seat base was far too short for my chunky thighs! It felt like sitting on a stool.

    My seat base doesn't fully rise up and down either - only the back rises, which feels as though I'm being tipped out of the seat.

    If you are considering buying one, take a full day's test drive to see if you can get on with the seats. I couldn't.

Honda FR-V MPV

Continue to prices, equipment and options »

What Car? buying help and car info

Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive

Haymarket Logo What Car? is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media
What Car? is part of Haymarket Motoring
© Haymarket Media Group 2014