Honda FR-V

Honda FR-V Review

Honda FR-V Review

The Honda FR-V went on sale in the UK in November 2004 and is Honda's contender in the popular compact segment of the MPV market.

14 October 2005 Melanie Carter

The Honda FR-V went on sale in the UK in November 2004 and is Honda's contender in the popular compact segment of the MPV market. Like Fiat's six seat Multipla the Honda FR-V which stands for Flexibility Recreation and Versatility features a 3 + 3 seating configuration with intelligent packaging and innovative seat conversion mechanisms, with the ability to carry up to 6 people while simultaneously offering good load volume.

The Honda FR-V is available in SE and Sport trim levels with prices ranging from £15,390 to £18,290.

A choice of two petrol engines are available the 1.7i VTEC and 2.0 i-VTEC and with the ever growing demand for diesel fuel economy Honda introduced the new 2.2 i-CTDi diesel engine - the first to be fully designed and developed in-house by Honda.

A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard with the 1.7i VTEC petrol engine and a 6-speed manual is standard with the 2.0 i-VTEC petrol and 2.2 i-CTDi diesel engine. Disappointingly an automatic option is not available.

With established competition in the form of the Citroen Xsara Picasso, Fiat Multipla, Ford Focus C-MAX , Renault Scenic, Vauxhall, Zafira and Volkswagen Touran can Honda's cleverly designed MPV change MPV ownership from 'ordinary to extraordinary'?

Honda FR-V Road Test Data
Model ReviewedHonda FR-V 2.0 i-VTEC Sport
Body TypeMPV
ColourVivid Blue Pearl
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph10.5 Seconds
Top Speed 120 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban25.7 mpg
Extra Urban40.9 mpg
Combined33.6 mpg
Insurance Group11
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warranty 3-year or 90,000 mile (whichever comes first) Mechanical Warranty
3-year Paint Surface Warranty protects the external paintwork
6-year Rust Through Warranty covers any corrosion perforating the body from the inside out
Price (when tested on the 14/10/05)£17,115 OTR

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