Honda FR-V (2004–2009)
Original project name B2. 3+3 seat MPV in Jazz/Civic family; Toyota/Corolla Verso competitor. Size 4,285mm x 1,810mm x 1,610mm.
Priced £14,750 - £16,400. 'FR-V' = 'Family Recreational Vehicle'. Announced July 2004. On sale in UK November 2004.
Rear seats fold individually and flat, into the floor, and can be folded one-handed. Same 125PS 1.7 litre and 150PS 2.0 litre petrol engines as Stream. 2.2i CTDi followed in 2005. Insurance Groups 9 - 11. All six seats have three-point seat belt fixings, while the centre front seat and the two outer rear seats have ISOFIX child seat mounts. Front belts have pre-tensioners and load limiters. As an aid to child safety, the central front seat moves 270mm further back than the outer pair (when travelling with a child in the front, Honda recommends that the seat is moved to its rearmost position).
Full-length curtain airbags and twin dual-stage airbags in the facia and side airbags in the two outside front seats.Wide track promotes stability, agility and good steering response. Track geometry reduces the FR-V’s roll centre, enabling car to be fitted with softer springs than would be the case if the springs were also being used to limit body roll, thus ensuring comfort as well as entertainment.
125 PS (92 kW) 1.7 litre SOHC VTEC unit (mated to a 5-speed manual) and a 150 PS (110 kW) 2.0 litre DOHC i-VTEC unit (mated to a 6-speed manual). Joined by Honda’s 2.2 litre i-CTDi diesel engine mated to 6-speed manual transmission in 2005 (announced February 2005 Geneva Motor Show).
For 2007 chain cam 140PS 1.8 i-VTEC engine from Civic replaced 1.7 and 2.0 litre petrol engines. Externally, 2007 models can be distinguished by a new dark chrome finish to the grille, while the headlights, door handles, rear combination light and lower licence plate trim have also been tweaked. Fascia panel now has a metal, carbon-like finish.
Seats and doors have a new greyish-blue soft touch fabric (grey leather seats together with beige soft touch fabric continue on EX grade models). An additional boot light provides added convenience. The front middle seat tray, revealed by flipping forward the front half of the seat squab, now features two compartments and cup holders with lids. And the front seat headrests and back seat armrests have both been enhanced.
The FR-V is now also provided with an auxiliary jack for an iPod. Auto available with 1.8 petrol. 5-speed torque converter auto (not i-shift) offered with 1.8 petrol engine. Only has manual overide to select 2nd or 1st, but works very well as a full automatic and the car is not under-powered.