I needed a cheap family car as my other car was too small. I'm renovating a house, I need to put 3 meter pieces of wood in the car..
It does all the above beautifully.
Driving position is good if you put the chair at highest position. Steering is good, precise and predictable. Seats really comfortable. Interior looks hard wearing and no signs of wear on the seats or anywhere inside.
Being an estate car, you'd think it'd be boaty to drive, but the complete opposite. It handles better than some of the more sporty cars I have owned. Can push the car quite hard and it continues to grip. When it finally lets go, it understeers, but very recoverable.
Acceleration is something else that surprised me somewhat. It's slow off the mark, puffs a bit when revved hard, but when you're moving and the turbo kicks in, the performance is surprising. It sure does surprise other folks on the road! Motorway cruising is great as with the extra poke from the turbo you can keep up with all the big boy cars on the road with ease.
Won't go on about boot space, it's massive!
Rear seat room is excellent, can get 4/5 adults in the car without complaining too much.
Overall, it's a pleasure to drive, and very easy - lovely gear box. Feels well built and strong.
Shame it's got a bit of a painter and decorator stigma attached to it.. bit dated. Saying that, I'd have another one, great little big car!