I really, really like this car!! I've had it from new for 2 weeks and I am impressed with virtually every aspect of the vehicle. The overall build and feel of the car is of a very high standard. The cabin is classy and although initially I was a bit unsure about the three seats up front I now find it gives a roomy feel up front and allows for 'stuff' to be at my side when driving. I've read reports of poor vision and being tight against the driver door - rubbish I'm 6ft tall and 13.5 stone and theres plenty of room between me and the door and the vision up front is very good. The diesel engine is great and quiet for a diesel. With a familly of 5 onboard there's plenty of poke. The look of the car (mine is black with the es privacy glass which is almost black) is sporty and friends and familly all seem to rate it as a great looking car. So if you're looking for a good looking and top quality familly car this is it...you won't be disapointed....I'm certainly not.
Having bought our FRV after owning 2 Volvo V40, 1 V70 and 1 V50. We find the FRV has the same quality feel and comfort. The 3 front seat layout is great for us as we also tow a caravan, We can fold down the back seats and use the space for all the awnings, deckchairs and all the other gear we take with us. Fuel economy is reasonable considering the trips we take, 26mpg towing our 1250kg caravan,36mpg commute and 42mpg on solo trips.The car has quite a sporty feel, being very agile and secure in the corners. Performance is also good, get into the right gear and you just nip past slower traffic in a very short time even with a caravan on the back. We have owned our car almost 18 months now and have had no problems in 17000 miles. The car is comfortable on long journeys reasonably quiet and feels well made.
I have owned this car from new with 45000 miles on the clock now. Strong virtues in all the important areas add up to an unbeatable combination in the market, currently. There isn't a better-looking MPV; strong performing engine with good economy; sure-footed handling; very comfortable & relaxed ride; considering the relatively compact dimensions, the interior space & layout swallows my family of 6, with luggage, admirably.
My initial opinions of the Honda dealer and my FRV were good until some problems surfaced. The supplying dealer in Chester's performance was poor so I now visit a dealer closer to home. The reason I went far afield was because of availability, so you have been warned, shop locally. The FRV's MPG initially was fine 35/38 mpg however since the valve recall this has dropped drastically to around the 24/30 mpg mark and when you pull away particularly with a full load now there is a whine/roar probably from the transmission. This is unacceptable as the new dealership could not detect any such noise on take-off and as for the oil burning issue they advised I look in the handbook and reminded me that Honda diesels do burn oil? However the good news is sometimes consumption can reduce after 12/15000 miles. As I sat in the rear during the test drive I was unaware that the front legroom is so poor - but I am 6 feet tall. To achieve the three abreast seating you are sat close to the door NO I repeat you are sat up close against the door - and the sculptured seats ensure this happens. A number of people have mentioned soft paint - mine is almost a year old but looks three years old and I handwash the vehicle. However, try this: run a clean finger over the paintwork and it will mark? Verdict would I buy another? In 2008 there are much better, well equipped MPV's out there now so... NO.
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