Car Reviews: Honda FR-V 2.0 SE – The AA

17 Dec 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Car Reviews: Honda FR-V 2.0 SE – The AA

Honda levels of refinement Drives like conventional car than a people carrier Practical and interior – but not at the expense of Cabin can be configured in numerous and useful ways


1.7 engine is lacklustre and sounds when pushed hard parking brake requires effort than you think trim on Sport model unconvincing and out of place Lack of gearbox option could put off potential customers

Compact carriers have rapidly an acceptable and popular alternative to the family hatch. Although greater versatility and practicality their forebears, they entirely escaped criticism as people bemoan the cars’ than sophisticated handling and to feel awkward around Honda’s FR-V, as well as six seats and above average quality, drives more a car than many of its rivals.

carriers; you either love or loathe them. When, as a you outgrow the regular hatchback, soon become a more alternative to a long, bulky and estate car.

That said, compromise is around the corner when you buy a carrier. The prospect of folding and more room for the kids is tainted by a particular model’s to navigate corners without and rolling like a boat in a The magic combination of a decent ride and room for all the family some to spare is an elusive

Honda’s FR-V, a six-seat carrier similar in concept to Multipla, appears to successfully two schools of thought: that cars should deliver average levels of space and while offering the driver an more akin to that of a car.

On the first count the does well, as its two rows of seats makes perfect The centre seats slide and the row folds flat, ensuring the ‘flexibility’ box is ticked. The second has also been met thanks to the ability to resist pitch and movements when driven

That Honda’s past at making multi-seat conveyances been less than when measured in volume terms makes the FR-V’s look all the more impressive. Add in critically acclaimed reliability and focused attitude and it would that established European dominance could be coming to an

Our verdict on the Honda FR-V 2.0 SE

missed out on the success of the first of compact people carriers, FR-V combines all that is about the sector yet manages to the usual MPV pitfalls – handling, less than resistant cabin materials and low speed manoeuvrability. It’s not as as Renault’s Scenic, but more and delivers a more car-like


Balance the FR-V’s level of standard equipment its asking price and the six-seat can be considered as good value for Factor in its maker’s reputation for reliable, durable cars and to the dealership should be for routine only – another cost saving.

Space and practicality

Honda’s strikes a pleasing balance offering enough bootspace and room for occupants. While more ‘cosy’ than Multipla, the FR-V’s cabin prove more than – even for six adults, so as they keep their in.

The FR-V may lack the seemingly number of secret compartments by Renault’s Scenic range, but you do get than enough cubbyholes, areas within the centre seat, deep door and a drinks holder that three bottles. As for the seats, the trio can fold flat, the centre pair can be slid and aft. The front chair as an armrest or table.

Controls and


Car security

Car safety

safety features on the FR-V to the now familiar anti-lock brakes and brakeforce distribution, although the 1.7 does without Honda’s VSA system. Passive safety is catered for with the inclusion of front, side and curtain as standard. Mindful that is a family-orientated vehicle, Honda has the rear outer and front seats with Isofix points.

Driver appeal

Honda FR-V

Few people – large or small can claim to satisfy the needs of the driver, but the FR-V is more than most. The driving isn’t as lofty as some, and the Honda rides bumps than most conventional hatches. Steering is direct, lacking in outright feel, the car feels stable at speed and direction safely and confidently.

The gear lever takes a few before feeling immediately though, and, as with so cars, the bulky windscreen hinder visibility.

Family car

First car appeal

Quality and

Image-wise Honda has on the one hand because it has a history of making if uninspiring, cars, while of the brand swear by the cars due to higher than average and durability. Recent years seen the introduction of a more range that’s nicer to and own; a range that’s Honda’s appeal to more just the …, the conservative and the And while it’s easy to the interior of the FR-V as restrained, built to last and the quality is class.


All the doors open and wide on the FR-V, making and egress easy. Also, you step up into the Honda as you a conventional MPV thanks to its car-like height, but anyone who’s a unsteady on thief feet still need to take Alas, the FR-V doesn’t with sliding rear only conventional ones, could make disembarking in a car park a little tricky.

The tailgate opens nice and but, like the doors, plenty of space.

Stereo and ICE (In car

Standard fit on the entry-level FR-V is a combined CD player and radio, does a fine job. up through the range – and the list – and you can have a CD steering wheel controls and a system with fascia-mounted screen that works Also on offer is a full-blown DVD unit complete with and a screen that drops from FR-V’s roof.

Fascia-mounted gearshift makes and liberates extra space in cabin

Colours and trim

As most Honda’s, the FR-V’s decor is restrained but classy you won’t find bright here. Black is the order of the with only the car’s more adventurous seat lightening the mood. If there is a faux paux, it’s the wood trim on Sport

As for the FR-V’s exterior, most work well, although hues tend to make the car a little chubby.

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