We were keen on a car with front three-abreast seats as we wanted our only child in the front with us. So we tried a new automatic Honda FR-V earlier this year. The ride was much worse than I expected, being too hard and bouncy and distinctly not family friendly. M Sah has a similar comment. However when we tried a 2005 2.0 litre SE (which we bought) we found the ride distinctly more comfortable than the new version, having a French-like soft edge. So, in facelifting the FR-V earlier this year, have Honda hardened the ride? If they have, I regard it as a big mistake. Other aspects of the car are good. Five of us travelled to the South of France and back this Summer, and the car was comfortable. There was no problem with lack of shoulder width with three adults in the front, though none of us are big. For me the design strikes a good balance between interior room and keeping the external width to a minimum. Other good points are a refined engine, a slick gearbox, good handling and it has good build quality. We have not noticed wind noise problems commented on by some others. I have only a few criticisms. The fuel consumption can be mediocre. Bigger Multipla-like side windows would be preferred. The steering is sensitive to road camber hence on UK roads I am usually correcting a slight tendency to pull to the left which is tiresome. Is this a common feature of modern cars or am I picky?
Chris Hyde, Middlesex, October 6th 2007