Used Honda FR-V MPV 2004 - 2009 review

Category: MPV

Section: Our recommendations

2004 - 2009 review
Honda FR-V MPV (04 - 09)
  • Honda FR-V MPV (04 - 09)
  • Honda FR-V MPV (04 - 09)
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Our recommendations

Which used Honda FR-V MPV should I buy?

The 1.7 petrol will be the least expensive to buy and has enough puff most of the time, but the 2.0 petrol is easier to find, and a more flexible, relaxed cruiser. These two petrols were replaced in early 2007 by a responsive, free-revving 1.8 during a mild face-lift (darker chrome grille, metal/carbon-like cabin trim rather than wood).

The 2.2 turbodiesel is worth considering for its extra low-down muscle. It's an excellent engine and sips fuel slowly, but you'll have to pay a lot more for the privilege of owning one rather than one of the petrols.

There's no need to go beyond SE trim - unless you want more than six airbags, electric windows all round, alarm, air-con, and a CD player. Sport trim throws in alloy wheels, cruise control and front foglamps.

Any car with the low-cost Honda Happiness servicing package is worth tracking down. This was an optional extra when the car was new and gives five years/62,500 miles of free servicing. It's transferable to subsequent owners.