The Honda FR-V is a very intuitive car to drive and overall visibility is good although bulky front and rear pillars do hamper vision .
Ease of Use
The Honda FR-V is a very intuitive car to drive and overall visibility is good although bulky front and rear pillars do hamper vision . The cabin is uncluttered, ergonomically laid out and the controls are easy to use - apart from the dash-mounted parking brake which we found awkward to operate.
The doors open wide with low sills making the FR-V very easy to get in and out of ideal for people with mobility problems.
The FR-V offers a remarkably convenient and flexible interior layout based on six independent seats and as a result there are many seating and loading possibilities. The centre front seat like the 2 outer rear seats has ISOFIX fittings and a tether anchor point on the rear of the seat back. The front centre seat folds down into a picnic table and features a pull out tray for extra storage.
The 'dive-down' rear seats can be collapsed with minimal effort
and unlike its competitors, opening up the total luggage area requires
only 3 steps in total. The seats just disappear into the floor to
give a completely flat load floor.
On a practical level the Honda FR-V 2.0 i-VTEC Sport incorporates a wealth of thoughtful interior features including front seat back pockets, rear seat back pockets with bottle holders, 3 cup holders in the front, glove box, folding door mirrors, 4 x grab handles, boot light, load cover, 12v power socket in the boot, front door bins, cruise control and luggage tie down rings.
Safety and Security
The following safety & security equipment is standard on the Honda FR-V 2.0 i-VTEC Sport:
VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), front & rear disc brakes, ISOFIX child seat restraint mechanism, 6 x 3 point seatbelts, height adjustable front seat belts, front seat belt pre-tensioners, side impact protection beams, high level rear brake light, EBA (emergency brake assist), EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), ABS (anti-lock braking system), dual curtain SRS airbags front & rear, dual side SRS airbags, dual front SRS airbags, 3 x ISOFIX child seat restraint mechanism, Thatcham category 1 alarm system (interior monitoring), lockable glovebox, tonneau cover, high security integrated audio, central locking, remote keyless entry, VIN (externally visible vehicle identification number), Honda Superlocks (deadlocks), rolling code ECU engine immobiliser and front fog lights.
Honda FR-V Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Honda FR-V 2.0 i-VTEC Sport|
|Colour||Vivid Blue Pearl|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||120 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||40.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|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|