A few years ago, we could never have recommended that any parent consider a van with windows. However, as light commercial vehicles have become progressively more car-like, that has all changed. I used this car to transport a family of five, plus three large bikes (all contained inside the car), something I could never have done in any conventional large MPV. For that kind of versatility, I'm prepared to put up with some driveability compromises, though interestingly, there aren't too many - as long as you opt for the 2.0-litre HDi engine in one of its forms.
Who cares if it doesn't look particularly sassy or that it won't corner like a BMW? That's not what you buy a vehicle of this kind for. Being sensible has a lot to be said for it.