It's a big old car so don't expect nimble cornering, and do prepare for a jaw-juddering ride
A good view out and lots of storage space for your bits and pieces
Lack of side or curtain airbags in what's likely to be a family car is a serious flaw
It'll be as tough as it looks
Plenty for seven and luggage, and you can swivel or remove seats for flexible space
Basic models have climate control and electric windows; upgrade to add cruise control, a sunroof and parking sensors
There's only one engine, a hearty diesel, but the Rodius is vast so it has a big job on its hands. Some versions have an automatic gearbox which is agonisingly slow to change gear. It doesn't handle too badly for a car of this size but the payoff is a ride so hard you'll feel it in your fillings. You won't hear any complaints from the back though, because the diesel engine is so noisy.
Although the layout and look of the dashboard is dated, it's easy to find a comfortable driving position and there's a great view out. Seven will fit inside more comfortably than in many MPVs and there's still space in the boot for their luggage. The two middle-row seats will fold flat, or swivel to face the rear for that board meeting on the go. The sliding rear bench can be removed altogether for added flexibility, if you've got a weightlifter handy to haul it out.
There's an electronic stability programme and seven three-point seatbelts, but the most disappointing aspect in this potential family car is the lack of side or curtain airbags. We'd expect the Rodius to be reliable, however.
Prices are reasonable for a seven-seat car of this size, but resale values mean you'll want to hold onto it. Finding another buyer who'll want such an unusual looking car may be difficult. The diesel engine claims just over 30 miles per gallon while high emissions put the Rodius into the top bracket for company car tax.