Added: 13th of October 2013
It's interesting that every car I have owned since 1993 has had increasingly BAD fuel consumption. I'm now averaging about 7 - 8 miles per litre, which I've been told is good for this model, but still bad in my book. (The best, for interest, was a J-registered 205 diesel.) Other down points - some are partly to do with age: - no remote central locking - no thermometer (absolutely essential equipment in a car...) - the fact that it's just a little less roomy in the rear than one would hope for (I carry tools around for my job); - luggage floor just a little too high; the idiosyncratic petrol flap catch (after 18 months I STILL have to unlock the car again to open it!) - many switch positions are counter-intuitive, e.g. windscreen wiper stalk and the rear and front fog light switches - the fact that you can't use several functions (e.g. radio and 12v outlet) without the key in the ignition - the gear ratios are stupidly low - 5th gear is a little lower-geared than a normal car's 4th gear. Plus points include: - it's 13 years old and behaves like a 3 - 4 year-old car in term of driving and feeling of solidity. It's no surprise that Honda owners rave about their cars - it has a good high driving position - it feels smooth to drive, like a large car, and the seats are comfortable - it has the best heating system of any car I've ever had (that's important because don't half feel the cold) So, as a summary, it's not exactly eco-friendly, but it does its basic job extremely well, except when it doesn't.