Honda FR-V review (2004-2009) – MSN Cars UK

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Honda FR-V


Car buyers are migrating from family cars in ever numbers, and it’s cars the new Honda FR-V that are up the sales. Compact MPVs mushroomed in popularity since introduced the Scenic, their hardly surprising, as these make such sense.

the Japanese can’t seem to coming up with a naff for a new car, and Family Happiness is for the FR-V. With three-abreast front and rear, that’s the case for the child sat harmoniously their parents up front, the view, but those in the rear feel left out as a result. happiness?

A slightly radical start for new contender, then, though it is far unique.

Most rivals five seats and in these the three seats usually out to create a small van. The started the seven seat which used to be confined to monsters like the Galaxy and Fiat beat Honda at game by several years its two-row, six-seat Multipla.

The is particularly versatile. Three in any car usually means rubbing so Honda makes the middle front and rear, slide so that shoulders are out of line. As a all seats are very comfortable, aided by what is probably the ride in any family Honda.

A car like this needs tricks, and the FR-V doesn’t Not using the third front Flip up the front section of the to reveal a useful stowage and small table.

Or just the complete backrest forward to an armrest.

The rear seats come out as they do in some but it always a difficult call as to in real life, this is of to many. Instead the Honda’s rear seats, oh-so-easily, forward and down into the to reveal a massive cargo Seats up the luggage space is though if you are carry six and their luggage, you’ll need much bigger than Honda to cope.

Does it even matter how things drive? Perhaps not for buyers, but the FR-V is up there the best. The two-litre petrol is impressively smooth and remarkably at high speed – you get real levels of refinement on a long

It pulls well too, which can’t be said of the 1.7-litre engine which working hard to perform.

The arrives six months later; the 2.2-litre unit from the is likely to be a desirable though option. What you can’t get is an transmission, not now nor in the foreseeable future.

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Is it for you?

The FR-V is Honda’s foray into a popular segment, and it’s an interesting The thing about compact is their broad appeal – for families because of the space, and great as a lifestyle vehicle as are so versatile if you need to carry climbing gear and ski stuff.

The with the Honda FR-V is it FAMILY, even HAPPY That may turn off a group of who can do without the connotations that There are also issues of with the driver needing to out of the side window as much as the twisting roads, with head bobbing needed to see the windscreen pillar.

The three seat configuration has resulted in almost all the dashboard being out of easy reach – the gearlever and electric mirror fall easily to hand. the front middle seat is for you need to pay particular attention to the seat pushed well if you carry children.

But it’s to make financial sense. the starting price seems equipment levels are comprehensive and Honda is likely to hold its well. There are also a of packages you’d be foolish to £330 buys a 5-year package, £1,300 3-years

Opt into these and for at least years all you will have to do is pay for

The FR-V, as good as it is in most has some compromises that it getting full marks. If six isn’t for you, there are compact MPVs that well, more compact. But undoubtedly a quality product, one makes far more sense on a run than any 4×4 and for that alone it deserves to do well.

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