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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Honda FR-V (04-09) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Great use of interior space, good ride comfort, excellent diesel engine, superb build quality

CONS

Slow-witted optional auto, two rows of three seats doesn't really work

At a glance

New price £15,250 - £20,880
Used price £485 - £4,555
Fuel economy 33 - 44 mpg
Road tax cost £235 - £300
Insurance group 17 - 23 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Great use of interior space, good ride comfort, excellent diesel engine, superb build quality

CONS

Slow-witted optional auto, two rows of three seats doesn't really work

Honda FR-V rivals

Mazda
5
4 out of 5 4.0

Clever packaging - perhaps inspired by the Fiat Multipla - has given Honda a six-seat people carrier that can also carry luggage for all its occupants, making it more practical than similar sized people carriers that have three rows of seats but a tiny boot. The FR-V seats three abreast in two rows, but the middle rear seat also slides back to ensure sufficient leg room.

It means six people plus luggage can be transported in a vehicle taking up no more road space than a typical family hatchback. However, the middle seat in the front isn't really practical, especially not for regular use. In 2007 the model got the excellent i-CTDi diesel engine it desperately needed while the looks were also subtly tweaked with new headlights and rear light clusters.

Honda FR-V rivals

Mazda
5
4 out of 5 4.0