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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

    Chris Hunt , Suffolk . Date: 12/05/2005
    • 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

    Good points:

    Driving - stable and responsive (the kids don't throw up anymore). Lights - good night-time visibility. Climate control - good on cold and hot days. Switchgear very good - metal where others might put plastic. Stereo (surprisingly good).

    Best points:

    Able to accommodate 6 average-sized people in comfort... and provides space for plenty of luggage

    Poor points:

    Position of driver's switchgear for electric windows - could be better to hand. Rear visibility very poor but assisted by parking sensors (nearly a necessity).

    Questionable points: Performance isn't bad but needs plenty of revs for good go. Fuel economy could be better (what's the point of a sixth gear that can be used at 30mph?).

    On a final point - and this to Jeremy Clarkson - boring, perhaps... but wide, I don't think so - the Mercedes S class is 55mm wider, the disco a significant 105mm wider, even the Mondeo is a touch wider (2mm for those that want to know) and the VW Touran is only 16mm less wide. Still I suppose it's all a matter of perspective, eh Jeremy.

    In summary, if you want a car that seats 6 average size people in comfort and with plenty of space to put the shopping then the FRV should be on your shortlist.

  • 2.0 SE 5dr

    Neil Alger Date: 07/02/2005
    • 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 have just had a FRV 2.0 sport on a weekends test drive as the mother and father in-law were staying with us. So four adults, a five-year-old and our 16-month-old to test the car.

    The interior was comfortable with four adults and two kids, but I am sure that six adults would be a squeeze, not sure how often we would have six adults in the car though. My son sat in the front middle on a booster seat and his feet touched the cheap-looking silver section of the dash board. We spoke to the salesman about this area becoming scuffed, and were told that Honda had had lots of feedback on this and will be altering the dash.

    The boot space was more than adequate to hold a pushchair, a child carrying rucksack and the week's groceries.

    We currently have an Audi A4 TDI, which has extremely good fuel consumption. It came as a bit of a shock when we filled the FRV up. The diesel version is out in June and we will be waiting for that.

    If you have two kids, we question if you need more than two spare seats - especially if you lose all your boot space. Yes, we will be buying one, but it would have to be the diesel version.

  • 2.0 SE 5dr

    Nick Gammon , Buckinghamshire . Date: 31/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 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 recently taken delivery of this as a replacement for a Zafira, after struggling to get three child seats across the back.

    The quality of the cabin, and the ride handling feels several classes above the Zafira. Performance is smooth and strong, safety kit is excellent, and although the boot may not be as large as some, it still handles all the day to day paraphernalia with little problems.

    Safety features appear good, the brakes are certainly powerful and progressive. Forward visibility is better than the Zafira, although rear is not as good. The width takes some getting used to, especially since the driver is well over to the right of the car.

    Niggles - fuel consumption is not brilliant, the (optional) seat back trays are flimsy, and the handbrake is awkward.

    Overall though this is an excellent car. Good safety spec and space sold it to my wife, competitive list price, five years servicing for £330, and the excellent engine, ride and handling sold it to me.

    If you are in the market for a compact MPV, and don't need to carry seven, then this should be on your short list.

  • 2.0 Sport 5dr

    Chris Sausman Date: 02/01/2005
    • 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 this car for 5 weeks now and can't take the smile off my face. It is a really good drive, the 2 litre engine and gearbox are good and has all the modern conforts.

    It is reasonable priced and put up against its rivals. The 6 seat arrangement works well for us having 4 younger children and the benefit of uncompremised boot space is ideal.

    This is the first Honda I have owned and I have moved to it from an E Class Merc Estate and the build quality is very good. It does what it says on the can!

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