Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0

The only engine on offer is a 165bhp 2.7-litre diesel supplied by Mercedes-Benz. Its 0-62mph time of 14.1 seconds and top speed of 104mph is fairly impressive for such a large car, although it does drop off considerably when it's heavily loaded. The engine is strong with plenty of power at the lower end of the rev range, which makes it well suited to carrying large loads (like seven on-board with all their luggage) or towing (it can tow up to 2500kgs).

The top models have a five-speed automatic gearbox. The gearchanges are smooth, but unresponsive, which means that rapid acceleration - whether from a standstill or at speed - is at best unpredictable. Cheaper versions come with a five-speed manual.

It's not as difficult to drive as its mammoth proportions would suggest. However, if you're not used to the dimensions of a large people carrier, you will almost certainly find it daunting. Like cars of a similar size, it can be nerve-wracking driving through width-restricted streets or just when cars are parked awkwardly on both sides of the road - it takes some getting used to.

The steering is light enough to ease the huge burden of parking (which without reversing sensors and a full load on board is not easy). The suspension is quite hard with just one on board, as it's designed to take the weight of seven.