Honda FR-V 1.8 i-VTEC Car Review | Auto Trader

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Honda FR-V

1.8 car review

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Customers for a people carrier aren’t of choice in the UK car market, with manufacturers offering one or two models.

seats or seven seats? or economical? Premium or entry Each MPV fills a void – the Honda FR-V. which has the middle ground, even six seats.

So what’s this motor like? We took one for a to find out.

1. Looks

The Honda FR-V looks a large hatchback rather a compact-sized MPV stealing styling from the Accord and CR-V. The is dominated by the FR-V’s piercing which veer towards the grille. Our model had five 16-inch alloys which an element of sportiness.

2. Looks inside 7/10

The thing you notice inside the is the middle seat which is a innovative and a practical touch. As a the gearstick is placed to the left of the wheel, which is easier to gear than if it was below in the position. Our model came cream leather seats were a little bit overwhelming combined with the cream which surrounded the upper of each door.

It could be unpractical for families with the of children making a mess their crayons. As with Hondas, the FR-V’s dash is to the norm – but unlike with the Civic, it’s appears to be overcomplicated with buttons and spread along the centre rather than placed in a hub.

3. Practicality 10/10

While MPVs have seven boot space is compromised as a – and how often are all seven seats With the FR-V you get a good boot (439 litres and a maximum 1,049 with folded) and seating for six. a seven seat Ford you get seven seats, but a much boot (285 litres).

we wouldn’t advise seating up front as it will get a bit cramped. If you need to use the middle front this can be folded to create a picnic base with cup holders and there are an incredible 32 seating combinations.

There is no shortage of leg and headroom and – as most MPVs – plenty of and cubby holes.

4. Ride and 8/10

The Honda FR-V surprisingly well for a people It soaks up bumps well and is minimal roll through the The chassis feels as though the could take a much powerful engine to compete Vauxhall’s Zafira VXR and the Volkswagen Sport.

5. Performance 7/10

The FR-V is available with two a 1.8-litre petrol and 2-litre diesel, both producing The petrol auto we tested from 0-62mph (100kph) in seconds and has a top speed of 115mph. not fast, and when the auto kicks down there much oomph. But the manual is impressive and hits the 62mph in 10.6 seconds.

The best choice is the 2.2-litre which is quickest to 62mph seconds) has a top speed of 118mph and is the frugal (44.8mpg).

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6. Running 7/10

Our 1.8 Honda FR-V its automatic gearbox can cover an of 34.9mpg. The manual is a more 37.7mpg while the diesel an excellent 44.8mpg – all fairly for a six seat MPV. And insurance of 10 and 11 shouldn’t mean a sky-high either. But with an automatic the Honda emits 190g/km of dioxide placing it in tax band F, an annual tax bill of £205.

The two models in the range both fit band E (£165). Servicing take place every miles.

7. Reliability 10/10

Our petrol was fitted with the famous – a practically …-proof engine. is renowned for its reliability and is ranked in the UK market for it.

8. Safety 8/10

All are fitted with front, and curtain airbags, electronic distribution, traction control and a one alarm. In the EuroNCAP crash programme it was awarded four which is less than the leaders and in with a people made by Honda you’d be four the full five

9. Equipment 8/10

The Honda is available in three trims – SE, ES and EX. The level SE model gets control, six speed manual front and rear electric heated door mirrors and CD Upgrade to ES and you gain cruise privacy glass, rear sensors, privacy glass and alloy wheels.

The top level EX has all these features heated leather seats, rails and a six CD autochanger.

10. X-Factor

The Honda FR-V is one of the best people carriers on the market and a child’s perspective, ‘how is it to sit in the front?’ thanks to two rows of seats. It’s practical, and is a rival to the six-seat Fiat but it doesn’t have a hot performer in the

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