I bought the FR-V after years of having Honda Accords so I knew the build quality and servicing would be great. What suprises me everyday is how much I love this car - I've never taken so much care over a car before!
We call it the Tardis because its amazing how much kit this car can swallow & still fit the whole family in comfortably. The day after I got it we loaded up 3 adults + 2 children & a week's worth of holiday baggage with ease. Another time, with a couple of back seats quickly folded down, we took 2 adults + 2 children + 4 bicycles - no need for a bike rack.
My only negative is the thick pillars on the sides of the front windscreens - on country roads they can obstruct the forward view when going round corners but I've quickly got used to that.
If you want a reliable, flexible MPV that's a pleasure to drive then you want the FR-V...I had to wait a while for my Honda dealer to find the exact one I wanted but he came up with the exact spec (even down to the colour). You gotta love Honda.
I brought this car to replace my 3yr old VW Touran which had done 40k and spent more time in the work shop than it did on the road including a new gearbox which was the final straw that broke the camels back. I had previously wanted a FR-V but felt it would have not been big enough How wrong I was, I normally carry my wife and 2 kids but when we go on holidays I take my mum and mother in law.(brave I know) When I went to pack the car up I fitted 2 very large and 1 medium sized suitcase in the boot with ease, I was amazed at how much more room I had than the Touran which had to have 1 seat down at the back and the suitcases packed up by the side of the passenger in the back and not all of them fitted so I had to unload 1 and put the clothes in the roof box.So I packed for 6 and travelled in compleat comfort in most MPV's the rear seats are best for the kids but who would want to put their most treasured possession in the very back? The middle seats (Full size seats)front and back slide independantly so the front middle seat can be put back as well as the back although by doing so you do comprimise the boot but this did not effect me in any way and made driving a complete pleasure. I would highly recomend anyone thinking of bying a MPV to test drive this car it is a very refined deisel and drives superbly.Well done Honda for doing something out of the norm what a great little car that looks like a car rather than a converted van with windows.
Very satisfied with our FRV. I wanted a car that didn't feel like a family car and that I could drive every day to work. I've owned a honda balade previously so was familiar with Honda's. We test drove a bunch of cars including the Nissan Grand Lavina (which was our 2nd choice). Of all the cars the Honda most comfortably carried six people while retaining sufficient boot space. We drove a Citron Picasso while on holiday in France and couldn't wait to get back to our FRV.
I also appreciated the air bags, not just in front but also in the rear for the children, which is where other MPV's lost me. Of particular importance to me was to get a car with the ability to overtake at high speed. We travel on many single lane highways where you need to overtake trucks when the road is clear. I like to spend as little time as possible on the wrong side of the road. The FRV (1.8l petrol, manual) has no problem going from 110km/h to 140km/h in a short stretch, similarly it has no problem increasing speed going up a hill which is where I've found some MPV's out of their depth.
Lastly it really does has the feel of a small car. It doesn't have the length of a normal MPV so parking is easy. The aux out is a cherry on top as I prefer to plug in my MP3 player.
I'd get another one for just me if I could afford it ;)
Is a great car. I would even consider buying another as it looks graet and drives great. The interior is a work of genius with the 2 rows of 3 seats design and the build quality and reliability is great as you would expect from a Honda. You also get lots of kit for your money no matter what model you buy although the ES models or above are probably the best. The 2.2 CTDI diesel is a great engine as well. It has great fuel economy and lots of power especially around 60-70 mph where the mid-range power and accleration is outstanding. The 1.8 petrol engine is also very good but if you are going to buy one I would strongly recommend the 2.2 diesel. The car is comfortable and capable on any road from B-roads to motorways. Dealer service is great too as you would expect of Honda. Would I buy another? Yes without a doubt I would.
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