Honda sticks to proven FR-V formula
19 September 2006

When something's as idiosyncratic as Honda's six-seat FR-V, it pays not to meddle with it too much. So the revised 2007 model gets only mild tweaks.

The most radical change is the axing of the 1.7- and 2.0-litre petrol engines, to be replaced in the range by a single 138bhp 1.8-litre VTEC unit. Honda claims improved economy with similar performance to the old 2.0-litre engine.

External changes are limited to more chrome on the front grille, and small alterations to the headlights and door handles.

Inside, Honda has dumped the wood trim on the dashboard and replaced it with metallic finish, changed the seat fabric and included an auxiliary stereo jack for connecting an MP3 player. The FR-V will continue to offer three rear seats that fold individually into the floor, and Honda has also squeezed in a little more storage space in the front middle seat tray.

Tiny improvements, then, but the FR-V was a decent package beforehand anyway. The 2007 edition is likely to cement its position in the 'sub-seven-seat' area of the market.

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